Beschorner named region player of year

Beschorner named region player of year
South Dakota quarterback Wesley Beschorner, a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, has been named the D2football.com Northwest Region Player of the Year, according to a recent announcement by D2foot ball.com.

Along with Beschorner (senior, Lohrville, IA), tailback Stefan Logan (junior, Miami, FL), offensive lineman Brian Alderson (senior, Hartford), and defensive lineman A.J. Schable (senior, Ida Grove, IA) all were named to the D2football.com Northwest All-Region team.

Offensive lineman Nate Carruthers (senior, Omaha, NE) was selected to the second team. In addition, tight end Nick Cunningham (senior, Albert Lea, MN), wide receiver Derek Gearman (junior, Lennox) and offensive tackle Nick Hagemann (senior, New Vienna, IA) were honorable mention all-region selections by D2football.com. This group of players helped lead USD to its first North Central Conference championship since 1978 while recording a 9-2 record, including 4-2 in the NCC. USD was ranked in the nation's top-25 all 12 weeks of the season.

Earlier this month, Beschorner was named the NCC offensive back of the year while All American Brian Alderson was named co-lineman of the year in the NCC. Logan, Carruthers, Schable, Hagemann and Gearman were also named to the All-NCC squad.

Beschorner had one of the best seasons by a Coyote offensive player in school history. The senior quarterback, already called by D2football.com's Bob Eblen as the "best offensive player in the country this year," is a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy (Division II Player of the Year). Beschorner was the national leader in pass efficiency at 215.22, which is the second-best single-season rating in Division II history.

In 2005, he completed 172-of-255 passes for 3,049 yards, 39 TDs and a 67.5 completion percentage. In addition, Beschorner rushed for 451 yards and eight TDs. He had 3,500 yards in total offense on 343 plays. Beschorner, who had a 9.75:1 interception ratio and he averaged 318.2 yards in total offense, which ranked fifth in the country. He set 29 school records, including career total offense (7,476 yards), career passing (6,240 yards) and career passing TDs (64) as well as overall TDs (87), among numerous other marks. When the regular season concluded, Beschorner had the most passing TDs (39) in the country. He had a combined 47 TDs.

Logan led the NCC and was fourth nationally in rushing with 1,751 yards on 217 carries for a league-best 8.1 yard average and 11 TDs. Logan, who had a 98-yard TD run and a 90-yard TD reception � both school records � also caught 26 passes for 428 yards and two TDs. Logan was one of two players named All-NCC for the third-straight season.

He led the NCC in all-purpose yards with 213.9 yards per game, a total which was third nationally. Logan, who rushed for over 1,000 yards for the third straight year, had 10 100-yard rushing games and now has 24 in his career. He set career all-purpose and rushing yards school records at USD.

Alderson, Hageman and Carruthers have been forces on the Coyote offensive front for three straight seasons, leading USD to an overall mark of 23-10. The trio started 33 straight football games and led the way for the Coyotes to set numerous records on offense this season.

USD, which set over 60 records in 2005, led the NCC with 297.5 yards rushing per game and generated a nation-best 583.3 yards in total offense of 8.5 yards per play. While the trio has been at USD, they have opened holes for Logan to rush for 1,000 or more yards in each of his first three seasons. Alderson is also a candidate for the Gene Upshaw Lineman of the Year Award. He was a finalist for that honor a year ago.

Senior A.J. Schable had one of the best seasons by a defensive lineman in school history. Schable had a school-record 19 quarterback sacks, which led the NCC and NCAA Division II. In addition, he had 22.5 tackles for loss and finished with 60 tackles, including 43 solo stops. He forced two fumbles and also had two pass breakups.

Gearman stepped up in his second season as a starter for USD. The junior wide receiver finished with a league-best 110.5 receiving yards per game. He had 44 receptions for a school-record 1,215 yards and a school-record 14 TDs.

Gearman, a four-time track & field All-American, finished with a 27.6 per catch receiving average, which also set a USD record (players with at least 25 receptions in a season). He also set a career TD record (18) this season.

Cunningham concluded his career with a solid season, including 14 catches for 208 yards and three TDs or 14.9 yards per catch.

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