South Dakota football team members selected to AP team

South Dakota football team members selected to AP team
For the second straight year, two members of the nationally-ranked South Dakota Football Team have been selected to the Associated Press Little All-American team. The AP team was announced on Dec. 15 and includes Division II, Division III and NAIA student-athletes.

Jordan Davis, a senior defensive back from San Antonio, TX, was selected to the first team while senior running back Stefan Logan of Miami, FL, was a second-team pick on the AP Little All-American team. Davis is the second straight member of the Coyote defense named to the AP's first team. A year ago, A.J. Schable of Ida Grove, IA, now a member of the Arizona Cardinals, was a first-team selection at defensive end by the Associated Press. Offensive tackle Brian Alderson of Hartford was the other Coyote in 2005 named to the AP squad, earning second-team honors.

In its proud 111-year history, USD now has had 42 different players named to All-American teams. In the past three seasons, six different Coyotes (Alderson, 2004, 2005; Tim Schellhammer, 2004; Wesley Beschorner, 2005; A.J. Schable, 2005; Logan, 2005, 2006; and Morton, 2006) have received 28 All-American honors from various organizations and media outlets.

Logan and Davis helped lead nationally-ranked (16th in final regular season poll) South Dakota to a 9-4 record and to its first NCAA Division II playoff appearance and win in 20 years. In four years at USD, Logan and Davis helped lead the Coyotes to an overall 32-14 record, an NCC title (2005) and an playoff berth (2006).

We are proud of Stefan (Logan) and Jordan (Davis), who are two of the best players ever at South Dakota," said USD head football coach Ed Meierkort. "Davis was an impact player on our defense. Time and time again, he came up with a big play for us. Logan is the best running back I have coached and he has left a significant mark on this football program. He is one of the school's all-time greats and from my perspective, one of the best ever in Division II," said Meierkort.

Davis, who was named the NCC's Most Valuable Defensive Back, earned his first post-season All-American honor. The cornerstone of an outstanding South Dakota defense, Davis had 52 tackles, including a team-high 38 solo stops along with two tackles for loss, three interceptions, six pass breakups, a forced fumble and two blocked kicks in 2006.

A preseason All-American, Davis was part of a Coyote defense that finished fourth in Division II in rushing defense at 68.8 yards per game. USD led the NCC in rushing defense, scoring defense and total defense. A big-game performer, Davis has made numerous game-saving plays for the Coyotes.

In addition, he has come up with special performances in big games. In the Coyotes' second-round playoff game this year with top-ranked Grand Valley State, Davis had a team-high 11 tackles. A four-year starter, Davis started 46 games in his career and had 167 tackles, including 114 solo stops. He finished with nine tackles for loss, eight interceptions, three fumble recoveries and 14 pass breakups.

Logan is quickly becoming USD's most decorated player ever. With his selection by the AP, Logan now has received three first or second team All-American honors in 2006 (AFCA Coaches Association, first team; Daktronics, Inc. and Associated Press, second team) and now has seven overall (four in 2005) postseason All-American honors. He was also named to three preseason All-American teams. Brian Alderson also earned seven All-American honors as a Coyote (2004 and 2005).

One of the eight finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy as the Division II College Football Player of the Year, Logan finished the season with 1,707 yards rushing on 236 carries or 7.2 yards per carry. He averaged 131.3 yards per carry, which ranked ninth in Division II. He ranked third nationally in all-purpose yards with 205.4 per game. His total of 2,670 all-purpose yards was the second-best total in Division II this season and ranks seventh on the single season all-time chart in Division II.

Logan was USD's second straight finalist (Wesley Beschorner, 2005) for the Harlon Hill Trophy. Logan broke the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth straight season, tying an NCAA record held by many and becoming the first back ever in the North Central Conference to accomplish that feat. Logan, who was selected the NCC's Most Valuable Offensive Back, is the third player in league history to earn All-NCC honors for all four seasons of his career. He is the second straight Coyote (Wesley Beschorner, 2005) named the league's Most Valuable Back. Logan has been named to the All-NCC team a total of five times, including four times as a running back and one as a return specialist (2005). He owns or has tied three NCAA Division II records.

In USD's 31-28 overtime win over Northwood on Nov. 18, Logan tied the NCAA Division II record with his 34th 100-yard rushing game (Damian Beane, Shepherd, 1996-99) in his career. Logan ranks seventh all-time in NCAA Division II with 7,770 all purpose yards and 11th all-time in Division II rushing with 5,968 yards.

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