Schellhammer named league co-defensive line MVP Six members of the 16th-ranked South Dakota football team, including repeat selections Stefan Logan and Chris Mikkelsen, were named to the All-North Central Conference football squad as selected by the league's coaches and announced Friday, Nov. 12 by the league office. With six honorable mention selections, USD had 12 players named to the all-league team.
In addition to Logan and Mikkelsen, junior offensive tackle Brian Alderson of Hartford, and senior defensive lineman Tim Schellhammer of Chatfield, MN, were named to the first team on the All-NCC squad. Senior tight end Paul Tschetter of Sioux Falls, and senior place-kicker Cody Butler of Hastings, NE, were named to the second team on the All-NCC Squad.
Schellhammer was honored with Corey Peterson of Nebraska-Omaha as the league's Most Valuable Defensive Lineman. Schellhammer finished the season with 59 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and 11 quarterback sacks, which was 12th best in the nation.
Mikkelsen of Gregory, finished his career with a school-record 150 yards, 2,279 yards and 15 touchdowns. Mikkelsen, who is just the second receiver at USD (Rod Tweet, 2,557 yards) to break the 2,000-yard plateau for receiving yards, finished the 2004 season with 46 catches for 632 yards and six TDs. His 2004 season total ranks as the fourth best reception total in a season in school history. Mikkelsen was also earlier named for the third time to the NCC Academic All-League squad.
In 2004, Logan accumulated 1,345 yards on 174 carries for a 7.7 per yard rush average and 134.5 yards rushing per game. He is the first player in USD school history to record consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Logan, whose 1,345 yards is the second best for a season in school history, had seven 100-yard rushing games, including a pair of 200-yard rushing games. He currently ranks third on the USD career rushing list with 2,500 yards. He finished third in the NCC in rushing and third in all-purpose yards with 1,563.
Alderson was a driving force on an offensive line that helped produce the league's best rushing offense at 269.1 yards per game. He also allowed just two quarterback sacks and had 58 knockdowns. Mikkelsen, Logan and Alderson were part of a record-setting offense that led the league in points per game at 38.0 and total offense at 444.2 per game.
Tschetter, who was named to the All-NCC squad for the first time, had 18 catches for 218 yards and three TDs.
Butler, a second team All-NCC pick a year ago, led NCC kickers in scoring with a school-record (for kickers) 90 points. He made 13 of 16 field goals and 51 of 52 PATs in 2004. Butler set or tied seven school records in his career and ranks fifth on the all-time career scoring list with 197 points. In his career he made 36 of 49 field goals and 89 of 92 PATs.
Six other Coyotes were named honorable mention All-NCC selections including offensive lineman Nate Carruthers (Omaha, NE); quarterback Wes Beschorner (Lohrville, IA); defensive lineman A.J. Schable (Ida Grove, IA); defensive back Jordan Davis (San Antonio, TX); defensive back Chris Reid (Hills, MN) and freshman punter Luke Mikkelsen (Gregory).
The 2004 USD team became just the fifth team in school history to finish the regular season with nine wins, finishing 9-2.