USD football team ranks high in preseason polls

USD football team ranks high in preseason polls
The South Dakota football team has been ranked 13th in the recently released 2006 Street & Smith Magazine's Preseason Division II Football poll.

Senior running back Stefan Logan of Miami, FL, was named as a first-team running back on the Street & Smith All American Division II squad.

"We are pleased that a national publication like Street & Smith Magazine has chosen to recognize our football program," said USD head football coach Ed Meierkort. The South Dakota football team has also been ranked seventh in the recently released 2006 Lindy's Magazine Preseason Division II Football poll. Logan was named as a second-team running back on the Lindy's All American Division II squad.


"This ranking is the highest by a preseason publication since we took over in 2004," Meierkort said.

The Coyotes, who open their fall pre-season camp on Aug. 12, will face Quincy University in a special Thursday night home opener on Aug. 31 at the DakotaDome at 7 p.m. South Dakota returns 15 starters from a squad that was nationally ranked all season in 2005.

USD returns five starters on offense, including Logan, who is the USD career leader in rushing with 4,251 yards and owns the all-purpose yardage mark of 5,189 yards at South Dakota. The Coyotes also return nine starters on defense, including their entire secondary which includes All-NCC defensive back Jordan Davis of San Antonio, TX.

A year ago, the record-setting Coyote offense averaged a nation's best 49.7 points and 583.3 yards in total offense per game. A year ago, USD was ranked as high as third by D2football.com and fifth in the American Football Coaches Association. At the end of the regular season, USD was ranked eighth by D2football.com and 11th by the AFCA. USD was 17th in the final AFCA poll.

USD had the nation's top offense after outscoring opponents, 547-247, or 49.7 points and generating a Division II-best 583.3 yards per game in total offense. On defense, USD had 40 sacks for 210 yards in losses and also recorded 92 tackles for loss for 338 yards in losses. The Coyotes had 12 interceptions, 50 pass breakups and 11 fumble recoveries.

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