Eleven Coyote football players earn All West Conference honors

Eleven Coyote football players earn All West Conference honors Eleven members of The University of South Dakota football team have earned All-Great West Conference honors, the league announced Tuesday, Nov. 25. Nine USD players earned All-GWC second-team honors: defensive end Abe Booker (Jr., Bloomington, MN), defensive lineman Ko Quaye (Jr., Brooklyn Park, MN), linebacker Ryan Routh (Jr., Sioux Falls), linebacker Tyler Spease (Sr., Rapid City), cornerback Mychal Bogan (Jr., Los Angeles, CA), cornerback Isaiah Dixon (Sr., Minneapolis, MN), running back Chris Ganious (RFr., Houston, TX), tight end London Landry (Jr., Lancaster, CA) and offensive lineman Jake Arthur (Jr., Clark). In addition, offensive lineman Luke Nordquist (Jr., Lake City) and safety Byron Bullock (Sr. Inglewood, CA) earned honorable mention selections. Booker was an active playmaker from his defensive line spot this season. The junior had 30 tackles this season, including  eight tackles for loss and five sacks. Quaye, who was named the Great West Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 3, was sixth on the Coyotes in tackles with 44. He had 7.5 tackles for loss,  including 2.5 sacks. Routh finished tied for eighth in tackles for USD's defense. He had four tackles, including two sacks. He also had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Spease finished with 28 tackles, including 4.5 for loss. He also had two sacks and two interceptions, including an interception return for a touchdown at North Greenville on Nov. 2. Bogan finished seventh on the team in tackles with 39 and led USD with three intereptions. He also had three pass break-ups on the season. Dixon was one of the top coverage cornerbacks in the Great West. He had 26 tackles and two interceptions but also led USD with six pass break-ups. Dixon also had a blocked field goal this season. Ganious helped solidify the running back spot for the Coyotes this season.  He rushed for a team-high 755 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. Landry was tied for second on the team in receptions with 22. He had two touchdowns and averaged 13.2 yards per reception for the Coyotes in 2008. Arthur was one of the keys to an offensive line that helped the Coyotes finish in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense, total offense and rushing offense. Bullock was second on the team in tackles with 59 and also had two pass breakups. Nordquist was a valuable offensive lineman for USD as part of the group that helped the Coyote offense attain national rankings. It was USD's first year of competing in NCAA Division I FCS and the Great West Conference. The Coyotes finished 6-5 and earned their fifth straight winning season under Coach Ed Meierkort.

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