USD football players awarded

USD football players awarded
Three members of the nationally-ranked South Dakota Football Team were selected to the D2football.com All-American Team, according to an announcement made by the Web site.

Senior Stefan Logan was named to the first team as an all-purpose back while junior Christian Morton was a second-team selection at offensive center. Senior Jordan Davis was an honorable mention All-American selection at defensive back.

Logan, Morton and Davis were named first-team all-region selections by D2football.com in late December. Staff for D2football.com, with input from coaches, sports information directors and members of the media, selected an All-American squad of 100 players from across Division II.


In 2006, Logan, Morton and Davis helped lead South Dakota (ranked 13th in the final American Football Coaches Association poll and ninth in the final D2football.com poll) to a 9-4 record and its first NCAA Division II playoff appearance and win in 20 years. During their careers, seniors Davis and Logan led USD to an overall mark of 32-14, an NCC title in 2005 and a playoff berth in 2006.

Logan, of Miami, FL, is USD's most decorated football player ever. Logan has received four first- or second-team All-American honors in 2006 (AFCA Coaches Association, first team; D2football.com, first team; Daktronics, Inc., second team; and Associated Press, second team). He now has eight overall (four in 2005) postseason All-American honors during his career at USD. He was also named to three preseason All-American teams (including D2football.com).

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 2006 total of 2,670 all-purpose yards ranked second in Division II and is seventh on the NCAA Division II's single-season all-time chart. Logan, who owns 15 USD school records, including career rushing and all-purpose yards, 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.

Originally of Norfolk, NE, Morton was one of the eight finalists for the national Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award. 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 to 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 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 former Coyote All-American Brian Alderson, USD has had three straight finalists (Alderson, 2004 and 2005) for the Gene Upshaw Award.

Davis, of San Antonio, TX, has already been selected to the Associated Press Little All-America first team and the Daktronics, Inc., All-American first team. 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.

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