MVFC Previews: South Dakota

Joe Glenn will enter his second season as the head coach of South Dakota this fall. Glenn has a long track record of coaching successful teams at Northern Colorado (2 Division II Championships in 1996 & 1997) and at Montana (2001 Division I-AA Championship) before embarking on the Wyoming job from 2003-08 (30-41).

On November 3, YSU held off a second half rally from South Dakota to prevail 13-10 at Stambaugh Stadium. Penguin running back Jamaine Cook tallied 203 yards rushing with a score to lead YSU’s attack.

YSU vs. SD: Last Meeting
Nov. 3, 2012 – Youngstown State, 13-10

South Dakota Coyotes’ Football Preview
by Vince Pellegrini (@Vince_MYVS)
Head Coach: Joe Glenn, 2nd Season (1-10) at South Dakota
2012 Record: 1-10 (0-8), Missouri Valley Football Conference
2012 Post-Season Finish: Did Not Qualify

2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 17.0 (187)
Passing Yards: 164.7 (1812)
Rushing Yards: 120.0 (1320)
Points Allowed: 31.5 (346)
Passing Yards Allowed: 190.9 (2100)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 195.7 (2153)

Returning Leaders
Passing: Josh Vander Maten – 1662 yards, 56.3 Comp. % (151-268), 7 TDs
Rushing: Josh Vander Maten – 138 att, 495 yards, 6 TDs
Receiving: Terrance Terry – 53 catches, 567 yards, 3 TDs
Tackles: Devin Taverna – 79
Sacks: Tyler Starr – 4.0
Interceptions: Devin Taverna – 3

2013 Schedule
Aug. 31 – at UC Davis
Sept. 7 – at Kansas
Sept. 21 – at Northern Arizona
Sept. 28 – at Western Illinois
Oct. 5 – Missouri State
Oct. 12 – Indiana State
Oct. 19 – at Northern Iowa
Oct. 26 – at Illinois State
Nov. 2 – Youngstown State
Nov. 9 – Montana
Nov. 16 – South Dakota State
Nov. 23 – at North Dakota State

Offensive Strength: Junior quarterback Josh Vander Maten will be back in the fold. Last fall, Vander Maten started all eleven contests as he connected on 151 of 268 passes for 1,662 yards. The Boyden, Iowa native scored a team-high 6 touchdowns (all rushing). Offensive coordinator Wesley Beschorner has to be pleased to see one of his top weapons returning also in wide out Terrance Terry (53 catches, 567 yards, 3 TDs).

Offensive Weakness: Running the football was a major issue for South Dakota a year ago. Marcus Sims led the team with 586 stripes on 120 carries. The rest of the team managed 734 yards on 228 attempts, good for an average of 3.2 yards per rush.

Defensive Strength: Senior linebacker Tyler Starr was named to the 2013 Buck Buchanan Award Watch List. He is one of twenty individuals to be named to this prestigious list. Number 11 posted 34 solo tackles (74 total) and 4 quarterback sacks in 2012.

Defensive Weakness: Last season, the Coyote defense had issues getting off the field. South Dakota allowed their opponents to convert on 49% of their third down plays (78-158) and 90.9% (40-44) of their red zone drives.

Storylines Facing the Coyotes
1. Tough Season for the Coyotes. South Dakota began their first season as a FCS member by winning just one of eleven contests, losing their final nine games. The Coyotes last suffered through a one-win season in 1991 (1-8). Can they rebound to have a respectable season?

2. Big Step by Terry. The diminutive wide receiver from Barrington, Illinois Terrance Terry took a huge step from being a wideout who also played in the secondary in 2011 to the Coyotes second leading receiver in 2012 (53 catches). Terry also returned 9 kickoffs for an average of 13.7 yards.

3. A Starr is in Vermillion. Outside linebacker Tyler Starr stopped 7 ball carriers for a loss last fall. He led the team in quarterback hurries (4) and sacks (4); as well as, forced fumbles (2)

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