Three Coyotes named to Daktronics All-Northwest Region Football Team

Three Coyotes named to Daktronics All-Northwest Region Football Team
Three players from The University of South Dakota football team have been named to the Daktronics, Inc. Division II All-Northwest Region Football team. Amos Allen and Christian Morton have been selected as first team members while Tim Schneider was named to the second team.

In his only season at USD, Allen (Miami, FL) left a lasting impression on the program. In the team's season finale against North Dakota, he set the Coyote single game record by rushing for 306 yards on 32 carries while also scoring two touchdowns.

He broke the record which was set by Stefan Logan who ran for 295 yards against Truman State in 2005. The performance marked the fourth time this season Allen ran for 200 or more yards in a game.

The 306 yards rushing also helped Allen break USD's single season rushing record. He finished the season with 1,961 rushing yards, surpassing Jamel White's 1999 total of 1,796 yards. In addition to the records that were broke, the performance also gave Allen the regular season rushing title in NCAA Division II. He edged out Shepherd's Dervon Wallace by nine yards for the title. For the season, Allen finished with 17 touchdowns (15 rushing, 2 receiving), 102 points and 2,137 all purpose yards, all of which rank high in USD single season history. His 17 touchdowns are tied for the third most, his 15 rushing touchdowns are the third and his 2,137 all purpose yards are the fourth most in single season history.

Thanks to the performances by Morton (Norfolk, NE) and Schneider ( Adams, MN) on the offensive line, the USD offense was able to rank as one of the best units in the nation. The Coyotes finished the regular season as the 9th ranked team in total offense (496.2 ypg), 8th in rushing (263.5 ypg) and 41st in scoring offense (31.4 ppg) in NCAA Division II.

Additionally, USD allowed just 16 sacks on the season, which ranked them 35th in the nation. Morton finished the season without allowing a sack while Schneider allowed just two.

With their selection to the all-region first team, Allen and Morton are now eligible for the Daktronics, Inc. Division II All-American team.

South Dakota finished the season with a 6-5 record overall and were 5-3 in the North Central Conference. Of their 11 games, six were against nationally-ranked teams.

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