Football players named to All-Midwest Region Team Two members of The University of South Dakota football team have been named to the 2000 Daktronics All-Midwest Region football team as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Coyote senior cornerback Russel Burwell of Canoga Park, CA was selected to the first-team defense. He led the North Central Conference with eight interceptions, which placed him eighth nationally. Burwell also led the NCC with 25 pass breakups.
Senior linebacker Josh Stamer was selected to the second-team. Stamer of Sutherland, IA, led the NCC with 21 tackles for a loss (for 56 yards) and finished fourth in sacks. He led USD with 72 total tackles.
Burwell and Stamer were key contributors on a USD team that enjoyed a turnaround season in 2000, recording an 8-3 record. It is the Coyotes' best record since 1995 (8-3).
During the season, the Coyote defense recorded one shutout and limited opponents to less than 15 points in seven games. The Coyotes limited five opponents to 10 or fewer points. The Coyotes rolled up 102 TFLs for 345 yards and recorded 29 sacks for 205 yards.
The Coyotes were ranked in the top 15 nationally in three categories. USD was tied for sixth in turnover margin (+16). They also had 22 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries for a total of 32 turnovers created while the Coyotes gave up the ball just 16 times.
The Coyotes were eighth in pass defense efficiency (84.0) and 15th in rushing defense, permitting 101.1 yards per game. USD broke up 53 passes and blocked three kicks. Burwell's eight interceptions was the second most in Coyote history (Bob Gruber, 11, 1979).
The Coyotes led the NCC in seven team or individual categories including turnover margin (+16), pass defense efficiency, field goals, sacks against and other individual categories.
The 2000 team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., a world leader in scoring and timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport.