Stefan Logan, Christian Morton and Jordan Davis were named first-team all-region selections, while Chris Reid was picked to the second team. Logan, Davis and Morton now advance to consideration for the D2foot-ball.com All-American team. Logan was also a second-team All-Northwest region pick as a return specialist by D2football.com. Staff for D2football.com, the primary information source for D-II football, will make the All-American selections.
Davis, a senior defensive back from San Antonio, TX, has already been selected to the Associated Press Little All-America first team and was also a first-team selection by Daktronics, Inc. Senior running back Stefan Logan of Miami, FL, was a second-team pick on the AP Little All-American team, first-team pick by the American College Football Coaches Association and a second-team selection on the Daktronics, Inc., All-American team. Morton, a junior offensive center from Norfolk, NE, earned selection to the Daktronics, Inc., All-American first team earlier this month. Reid, a senior strong safety from Hills, MN, who was named first-team All-NCC, was named to an all-region team for the first time.
Logan, Morton, Davis and Reid helped lead nationally-ranked (13th in the final American Football Coaches Association poll) South Dakota to a 9-4 record and to its first NCAA Division II playoff appearance and win in 20 years. During their careers, seniors Davis, Logan and Reid led USD to an overall mark of 32-14, an NCC title in 2005 and a playoff berth in 2006.
Davis, who was named the NCC's Most Valuable Defensive Back, was 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 the USD's most decorated player ever. Logan 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 is up for d2football.com All-American honors. He now has seven overall (four in 2005) postseason All-American honors. He was also named to three preseason All-American teams. Already, he has been named to all-region teams by Daktronics, Inc., as well as D2football.com. 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.
Morton is one of the eight finalists for the national Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award, which will be announced in January. Morton has anchored the nation's fourth-best rushing attack (253.4 yards per game). In fact, Morton has helped USD gain 3,632 yards on the ground in 531 attempts for a per carry average of 6.2 yards. USD was third in the nation in average yards per rush and a half-yard better than the NCC's top rushing team, Nebraska-Omaha, at 5.58. Morton was also a key contributor on the league's top-scoring offense (32.8 ppg), which ranked 14th nationally. He was also part of the fifth-best offense in the nation (425.5 total offense yards). Morton has started 29 straight games at center including all 13 games in 2006. He has recorded 59 pancake blocks in 13 games and has 110 in his two seasons as a starter. Morton has graded out at 90 percent or better each game and was named USD's Lineman of the Week nine times in 13 weeks. Between Morton and Brian Alderson, USD has had three straight finalists (Alderson, 2004 and 2005) for the Gene Upshaw Award.
Reid also played a key role on the Coyote defense. Reid was third on the Coyotes with 52 tackles, including 31 solo stops. He had 2.5 tackles for loss, an interception return for a TD, forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Reid finished his career with 156 tackles, including 93 solo stops. He accumulated seven tackles for loss, and six interceptions, including two for TDs.