South Dakota football team to host No. 8 North Dakota on Saturday at DakotaDome

South Dakota football team to host No. 8 North Dakota on Saturday at DakotaDome South Dakota (4-5, 2-3) will attempt to spoil No. 8 North Dakota's (8-1, 6-0) hopes of a perfect North Central Conference season on Senior Day on Saturday at the DakotaDome.

With gametime set at 2 p.m., USD will honor 12 seniors in a pre-game ceremony.

#91 Aaron Dietrich, Defensive Lineman, Emmetsburg, IA � Dietrich, selected a team captain in 2003, has played in 42 games, starting 22. Earlier this year, he had a 25-yard touchdown return of an interception, the second of his career. A liberal studies major, he is the son of Paul and Barb Dietrich.

#43 Josh Gassen, Linebacker, Rapid City � A three-year starter, Gassen�was selected a team captain in 2003. The leading tackler on the 2003 Coyote squad with 72, he has compiled 4.5 tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks and an interception. The son of Matt and Charlene Gassen, he is a criminal justice major.

#72 Tom Moore, Offensive Tackle, Centerville � A three-year starter, Moore is one of the best offensive linemen in the North Central Conference. Selected a team captain, Moore has started 31-of-39 games played in his outstanding career. An elementary education major, he is the son of Gordon and Sharon Moore.

#54 Drew Barns, Linebacker, Rapid City � A two-year starter, Drew Barns is the third leading tackler for the Coyotes, totaling 51 in 2003. He has 4.5 tackles for loss, a quarterback sack and a forced fumble. A chemistry major, he is the son of Steve and Sherrie Barn.

#77 David Bents, Defensive Lineman, Peterson, IA � A two-year starter, Bents has totaled 14 tackles, two tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks in 2003. He has started 16-of-32 games at South Dakota, accumulating 37 solo stops, 46 assisted tackles and 82 career tackles. He was named Academic All-NCC in 2002. A mathematics major, he is the son of Andy and Barbara Bents.

#33 Jarrod Edelen, Punter, Vermillion � A two-year starter, Edelen is second in the NCC at 42.4 yards per kick. A year ago, he was named a� First-Team Academic All-American in 2002, when he was also named First-Team All-NCC. He averages 42.0 yards per kick in his career, punting 101 times for 4,056 yards and has placed 29 kicks inside the 20-yard line. A graduate student in the master of business administration program, he is the son of Joe and Mary Edelen.

#62 Andy McNamara, Offensive Lineman, Sioux Falls � A reserve offensive lineman, McNamara has contributed significantly to the offensive front for the past two seasons. A computer science major, he is the son of Greg and Laure McNamara.

#24 Chris Meehan, Senior Wide Receiver/Returner, Hartford � Meehan has 16 receptions for 150 yards and one touchdown in 2003. He also has seven punt returns for 62 yards. A biology major, he is the son of Kelly and Paula Meehan.

#83 Aaron Meline, Wide Receiver, Urbandale, IA � This season, Meline has four receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. During his career, he has 19 receptions for 241 yards and three touchdowns. A physical education major, he is the son of Aaron and Jane Meline.

#94 M.J. Sonnenfeld, Defensive Lineman, Rapid City � This season, Sonnenfeld has 13 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback sack. A business major, he is the son of Martin and Jeanie Sonnefeld.

#4 Matt Taylor, Wide Receiver, Oakland, CA � Taylor has caught 26 passes for 397 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-best 68-yard scoring strike against St. Cloud State. In his career, he has 50 receptions for 676 yards and three touchdowns. He has made five starts and played in 21 games at South Dakota. A recreation major, he is the son of Joan Taylor.

#30 Anthony Tharrington, Running Back, Lubbock, TX � Tharrington has rushed 64 times for 268 yards, or 4.2 per carry in 2003. In his career, he has 647 yards rushing on 138 carries with two touchdowns. He has a long of 38 yards. Tharrington, who has five receptions for 34 yards, has 15 kickoff returns for 280 yards. He is the son of Bruce and Gladys Thompson.

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