South Dakota places five players on Daktronics Region football team

South Dakota places five players on Daktronics Region football team
South Dakota quarterback Wesley Beschorner and All-American offensive lineman Brian Alderson, who were the top vote-getters at their respective positions, led a group of six South Dakota football team members on the 2005 Daktronics, Inc., Division II All-Northwest Region Football Team, as voted on by sports information directors throughout the region and released on Wednesday by Daktronics, Inc.

Along with Harlon Hill finalist Beschorner and Alderson, other USD first-team selections included tailback Stefan Logan (junior., Miami, FL), wide receiver Derek Gearman (junior, Lennox), and defensive lineman A.J. Schable (senior, Ida Grove, IA).

Offensive lineman Nate Carruthers (senior, Omaha, NE) was selected to the second team. Now, Beschorner, Alderson, Gearman, Logan and Schable advance to the All-American ballot which will be announced later. Both South Dakota and North Dakota had a region-best five selections on the squad.

This group of USD players helped lead the Coyote football program 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. The Coyotes ended the regular season ranked eighth in the D2football.com poll and 11th in the American Football Coaches Association poll.

Earlier this month, Beschorner was named the NCC offensive back of the year and the D2football.com Northwest Region Offensive Player of the Year. Alderson, also a selection to the D2football.com regional first-team, was named co-lineman of the year in the NCC. Logan, Carruthers, Schable, and Gearman were also named to the All-NCC squad.

Beschorner (Lohrville, IA) had one of the best seasons by a Coyote offensive player in school history. The senior quarterback was the national leader in pass efficiency at 215.2, 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 game, season and career 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.

A first team D2football.com Northwest Region selection at running back, Logan set career all-purpose and rushing yards school records at USD.

Alderson 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 or 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.

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. He helped the Coyotes reach 40 sacks on the season, which is the third most in school history. 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.

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