Beschorner named team MVP; football players get awards

Beschorner named team MVP; football players get awards
Wesley Beschorner was named the Most Valuable Player for the record-breaking and nationally-ranked South Dakota Football team during the recent South Dakota Football Awards Banquet held in December. South Dakota head football coach Ed Meierkort presented the MVP honor to Beschorner as well as presented other team awards.

Beschorner, a senior quarterback from Lohrville, IA, was named the Henry Heider Team MVP after putting together a record-breaking season. Beschorner, who finished second in the Harlon Hill Trophy balloting as the NCAA Division II Player of the Year, set more than 29 school records and was named to three All-American teams, including as a first-team quarterback by D2football.com. Named the North Central Conference Back of the Year for 2005, Beschorner led the nation in pass efficiency at 215.2, becoming just the second quarterback ever in Division II to record at least a 215 rating or better (Curt Anes, 221.3, 2001, Grand Valley State). He had a 9.75 TD to interception ratio (39 TDs to four interceptions). At the end of the regular season, Beschorner had a nation-best 39 passing TDs and 47 combined TDs.

Beschorner, who directed USD to an 18-4 record in the past two seasons, ranked fifth in the nation in total offense (318.2 yards per game) and his per play average of 10.22 yards set a Division II record (Curt Anes, Grand Valley State, 10.1 yards per play, 2001). Beschorner, who was recently featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd (Dec. 12 issue), completed 172 of 255 passes for 3,049 yards in 2005. He finished with a completion rate of 67.5 percent and scored at least two TDs (rush or pass) in all 11 games this season.

Beschorner, who rushed for 451 yards, also recorded two 100-yard rush games this season. Beschorner leaves USD as its career total offense leader with 7,476 yards on 967 plays for a 7.3 average, all school records. This season, he had a school-record 3,500 yards on 343 plays in total offense.

He also became USD's all-time passing leader with 6,240 yards. A three-year starter, he accumulated a school-record 87 overall TDs, including a school-record 64 by pass.

Stefan Logan, a junior running back from Miami, FL, and A.J. Schable, a senior defensive end from Ida Grove, IA, were named the team offensive and defensive MVPs, respectively.

Logan, who ran for a NCC-best 1,750 yards, was selected the Dave Triplett Offensive MVP. 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. Named All-NCC for the third-straight season, Logan led the league in all-purpose yards with 213.9 yards per game, a total which was third nationally.

Logan set USD's career rushing mark with 4,251 yards in three seasons. He also established the school mark for career all-purpose yards with 5,189 yards. Logan averaged 159.2 yards per game, which was fourth in the nation and first in the NCC. The junior running back has averaged over 132 yards per game during his career (32 games).

Logan recorded his third-consecutive 1,000-yard season, a first at South Dakota. In addition, he has 24, 100-yard rushing games, another school-record. Logan had 10 100-yard rushing games in 11 games this season. Dating back to last season, Logan surpassed the century mark in rushing yardage in 16 of his last 17 games.

Earlier this season, Logan set two single-game records with the best rushing performance in school history in a 63-24 win over Truman State at the DakotaDome on Sept. 3. Logan rushed for 295 yards on just 13 carries and scored three rushing TDs.

Schable, who led the nation in quarterback sacks with 19, was named the Joe Salem team Defensive MVP. Schable was named to four first-team All-American squads, including the Associated Press Little All-American first-team. Schable was the first USD player selected to the AP Little All-American first-team since 1988 (Doug Vander Esch). Schable led the nation with 1.7 sacks per game. In 2005, he had 19 sacks, which established a South Dakota school record (Doug Nielsen, 13, 1988). Schable was a first-team selection on the All-NCC squad and a pair of all-region teams.

He finished the season with 60 tackles, including 43 solo stops and 22.5 tackles for loss, which ranked fourth nationally (2.0 per game).

Tim Triplett, a senior wide receiver/special teams performer from Iowa City, IA, was named the Beanie Cooper Special Teams MVP. Triplett, who caught a TD pass, had nine tackles as the leader of the special teams units.

Adam Schwaderer, a senior defensive end from Delmont, and Nate Carruthers, a senior offensive guard from Omaha, NE, were named the recipients of the Bulldog Award. Schwaderer had 45 tackles, including 19 solo stops, 11.5 tackles for loss, five quarterback sacks, five pass breakups, a forced fumble and fumble recovery. Carruthers was the "heart and soul" of an offensive line that played a key role on the nation's best offense. USD led the NCC in rushing and finished � nationally. The Coyotes averaged 49.7 points and scored 547 points overall.

Blake Hofer, a redshirt freshman linebacker from De Smet, received the Harry Gamage Freshman of the Year Award. Hoyer recorded 22 tackles, including 10 solo stops, a tackle for loss, interception, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

All the team awards are named for former South Dakota head football coaches. USD head coach Ed Meierkort instituted the awards in 2004.

The 2005 football teams ranks as one of the most electrifying and successful squads in school history. Ranked in the nation's top-25 during the entire season, USD put together its second-consecutive 9-2 season and was ranked eighth in the D2football.com poll and 11th in the American College Football Coaches Association final regular season polls. But more importantly, the Coyotes won a share of the North Central Conference for the first time since the 1978 claimed the outright league crown.

The Coyotes opened with a 7-0 start, which was the best since the 1902 team had a 9-0 mark. The 2005 squad, which set more than 65 school records, was the nation's most prolific offense by producing a Division II-best 583.3 yards in total offense and 49.7 points per game or a total of 547 points.

USD scored 77 TDs, which also led NCAA Division II. South Dakota put together a school-record 13-game home winning streak at the DakotaDome, including 12-0 during the past two seasons. The 13 straight wins at the Dome is the best ongoing mark among all NCC members.

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