USD football award will carry McFarland name

USD football award will carry McFarland name Ed Meierkort, the head football coach at The University of South Dakota, has announced the Coyote football program is naming its yearly award for best offensive lineman as the â�?�?Tim McFarland Offensive Lineman of the Year Awardâ�? in tribute to Coyote Sports Hall of Fame member Tim McFarland. McFarland, 43, who starred as an offensive lineman in the USD football program from 1983-86, died on Nov. 16, 2008�?  after a short battle with cancer. â�?�?Tim represented all that is good in The University of South Dakota,â�? Meierkort said. â�?�?He was a great player, community person and family man. Our players will be proud to receive this award.â�? McFarland, a native of Armour, was inducted into the Coyote Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He ranks as one of the best offensive lineman in the history of the USD football program. He was named to the Associated Press Little All-American second team and a Football News Honorable Mention All American in 1986. A four-year starter, McFarland played in 49 straight games and was a member of two consecutive playoff teams that were coached by Dave Triplett, including the 1985 squad that reached the Division II semifinals and the 1986 squad that reached the Division II title game. McFarland was the co-captain of the 1986 team. McFarland also later received a free agent tryout in 1987 with the Arizona Cardinals. The Coyotes honor several athletes with postseason awards, which are listed below: â�?¢ The Tim Mojzik Bulldog Award. â�?¢ The Dave Triplett Offensive Player of the Year Award. â�?¢ The Henry Heider Most Valuable Player Award. â�?¢ The Joe Salem Defensive Player of the Year Award. â�?¢ The Harry Gamage Most Valuable Freshman Award. â�?¢ The Tim McFarland Offensive Lineman of the Year Award.

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