Starting this fall, Donny Stewart and Andrew Pier, both members of the Vermillion High School football squad, will take a new step in their athletic careers as members of The University of South Dakota gridiron team.
Stewart, at 6' 3'' and 240 pounds, played defensive tackle and offensive tackle for the Tanagers.
"Donny is a gifted athlete as evidenced by the fact that he has started at defensive tackle and offensive guard or tackle since his sophomore year," said Gary Culver, head football coach of the Tanagers. "He has great quickness on the defensive side and has been the mainstay along our offensive line the past two years, playing at both guard and tackle.
"He is an outstanding blocker on offense and has great quickness to pull in our offensive schemes."
Pier is 5' 11'' and 165 pounds, and has filled the roles of defensive cornerback, offensive tailback and special team return man for the Tanagers.
"Andrew has started as cornerback the last two years and was a two-way starter this last season," Culver said. "He has tremendous speed and quickness and is capable of making a big play on every down. He rarely came off the field for us and was our ?big play' type of player this past season."
Pier has recorded 88 total tackles the last two years (41 solos, 37 assists). He has recorded nine interceptions, broke up 14 passes and recovered two fumbles. He was selected as the most valuable player and outstanding back.
Stewart was named team captain, outstanding defensive lineman and outstanding offensive lineman last season. He recorded 130 tackles the last four years.