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CFB: Cougars Add 18

February 6, 2013, 6:10 PM

CFB: Cougars Add 18
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The University of Sioux Falls head football coach Jed Stugart and his staff has announced the addition of 18 student-athletes that will join the Cougar football
program in the fall of 2013.
The 2013 class is comprised of 10 off ensive players and 8 defensive players with the greatest number of options added to the defensive back, defensive line
and running back positions.
“We think it’s an exciting group,” said fourth-year head coach Jed Stugart. “We feel like we have a lot of good players that will come in and compete for playing
time this year.”
“I want to congratulate our football team, our past team, our seniors, congratulate them on what they were able to accomplish our fi rst year in the NSIC
because I think that sets the tone for recruiting,” Stugart added.
USF signed a total of 16 high school seniors and added two from the junior college ranks.
“We’ve not signed a big class this year because I think we have a lack of attrition. That’s a good thing. We don’t have a lot of people coming into our program
and leaving.”
The class represents nine states, fi ve from Wisconsin, three from Colorado, two from California and Minnesota, plus one each from Arizona, Florida, Illinois,
Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.
“We have more to off er than we’ve ever had at USF. We have a track record for winning, we have a track record for graduating our players and we play in one
of the best conferences in all of NCAA D-II,” Stugart added.
In its fi rst full season as a full fl edge member of the NCAA DII, USF recorded an impressive 9-2 mark and enjoyed six weeks in the national top-25 poll, ranking
as high as No. 17 last season.
“We have a good football program. Our job is to keep pushing and try to get better. We had a super year last year in wins and losses. We have to try and do
better. If you don’t try and get better, you’re going in the wrong direction. This is a year we’ll try to do better than we did last year, and we’ll see what happens.”
USF opens the 2013 season Saturday September 7 when they visit the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

2013 Signees:

Raymond Bautista (LB, 6-0, 215, Woodland, Calif./Sacramento CC)
2011-2013 (FRESHMAN & SOPHOMORE): played two seasons at Sacramento…averaged 9.3 tackles per game, in conference play,
en route to a team-high 87 tackles, which ranked fi rst in the Mid-Empire conference as a sophomore…added 9 TFL, 2 FR and 1.5
sacks for the Panthers last season…recorded 66 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks and 1 Int during freshman campaign…tackle and sack
totals ranked second on the squad…maintained a 3.91 GPA…fi fth player from Sacramento City to sign with USF in the last three
seasons
PERSONAL: Son of Martina Batista…born Jan. 8, 1992…criminal studies major
Andrew Buchele (WR, 6-3, 200, Milbank, S.D./Milbank HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Milbank…four-year letterwinner for the Bulldog football team…two-time all-state…two-time All
North Eastern Conference selection…Elite 45 Special Mention…tallied 35 receptions for 654 yards (6 TDs) as junior…academic
all-state…recorded 39 catches for 675 yards (7 TDs) as senior…second all-time in receiving yards at Milbank…also earned three
varsity letters in basketball and track and fi eld…member of NHS and FCA…achieved honor roll
PERSONAL: Son of Gregg and Michelle Buchele…born Oct. 4, 1994…has one sister, Nicole…business administration major…career
goal to work in medical administration…participates in DARE Role Model…favorite athlete Derek Jeter
Nephi Garcia (RB, 5-7, 192, Palm Desert, Calif./College of the Desert)
2011-2013 (FRESHMAN & SOPHOMORE): played two seasons at College of the Desert…picked up 7.3 yards per carry to lead the
Roadrunners with 597 rushing yards and 7 TD in only six games played in 2012-13…also charted 70 receiving yards last season…
scoring total of 48 points was second only to the Roadrunners’ kicker…rushing total ranked fourth in the Central conference…
averaged 20.8 yards per kick return and 16 per punt return…accounted for team’s lone punt returned for a score last season…
rushed for 249 yards and 6 TD as a freshman, when he was also the squad’s top kick and punt returner…also served as punter on
occasion…in two seasons recorded averaged 31 yards on 10 punt returns...career-long punt return was 54 yards
PERSONAL: Son of Peter Garcia…born Sept. 3, 1993
Evan Gentry (DL, 6-3, 250, Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at North Florida Christian…four-year letterwinner for the Eagle football squad…named Class 2A fi rstteam
all-state as a senior…helped lead NFC to a state title, earning a spot on the all-tournament team and second-team all-state
recognition in 2011…fi nished junior campaign with 105 tackles, eight sacks, three caused fumbles, and two fumble recoveries…
ranked No. 32 prospect in Orlando Sentinel’s 2013 Panhandle Super 60…three-time Big Bend all-conference and two-time Northwest
Florida all-region selection…2012 Tallahassee Quarterback Club Mickey Andrews Defensive Player of the Year…will play in
annual Florida vs. Georgia All-Star Football…also three-year basketball and one-year track and fi eld letterwinner for the Eagles…
recipient of Biletnikoff Award Scholarship, which recognizes high-school seniors for their excellence in academic and extra-curricular
activities
PERSONAL: Son of Michael and the late Stephanie Gentry, Lynn Budd (stepmother)…born Mar. 17, 1995 in Evansville, Ind...has one
brother, Drew Gentry who plays off ensive line at East Carolina University…media studies major…English minor…career goal to
become an ESPN college football analyst…lost mother at age of 11…favorite athlete is Florida State DE Bjourn Warner
Andrew Jarosz (OL, 6-3, 265, North Oaks, Minn./Totino-Grace HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Totino-Grace…three-year letterwinner and Spotlight on Scholarship winner for the Eagles…a team
captain and Northwest Suburban all-conference player, Jarosz helped guide Totino to their second state title in three years as a
senior…competed in the 2010 and 2011 state championships, winning in 2010…all-conference HM selection as a junior…also
member of the ski club
PERSONAL: Son of Jackie and Joe Jarosz…born May 9, 1995…has one brother, Alex who is currently a starting off ensive tackle for
St. John’s University (Minn.) football team…nursing major…career goal to work as a nurse anesthetist or surgical nurse…spent
Spring 2010 volunteering for post-hurricane Katrina eff orts in New Orleans…also active participant at Feed my Starving Children…
favorite athlete is Texans DL, JJ Watt…hobbies include skiing, duck hunting and fi shing
Khadel Akindolire-King (RB, 5-8, 173, Eau Claire, Wis./Regis HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped alongside Nicholas Stanke at Regis…three-year football letterwinner for the Ramblers…fi rst team Cloverbelt
all-conference selection…with a team-best 1027 rushing yards (7.2 YPC), led Regis to the 2012 Division 6 WIAA state championship
game and a 12-1 season…tallied 16 TDs as a senior…tabbed all-region and all-city…standout track and fi eld athlete at
Regis…member of 4x100 Rambler state championship team…also a track and fi eld fi rst team all-conference selection…member
of the Regis Band, math team, student council and environmental club…achieved merit roll
2013 National Letter Of Intent Signees
PERSONAL: Son of Funmi and Sunday Olatunji…born Jan. 1, 1995…has one brother, Caleb…undecided major…career goal to be
a physical therapist or orthopedic surgeon…favorite athlete is Maurice Jones-Drew…Khadel plays the saxophone and trombone
Derek Landis (LB, 6-2, 210, Lakewood, Colo./Lakewood HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Lakewood…three-year football letterwinner for the Tigers…compiled 196 tackles, two FR and two INTs
to earn all-state and fi rst team all-Colorado honors…also Jeff co League fi rst team all-conference selection
PERSONAL: Son of Bridget and Steve Kovin…born Feb. 8, 1995…has one brother, Carl and one sister, Brooke…major undecided…
volunteer coach for unifi ed basketball…favorite athlete is Von Miller
Brian Mayberry (DL, 6-4, 240, Littleton, Colo./Columbine HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Columbine…four-year member of the Rebel football squad...helped Columbine to a perfect 14-0
season and 2011 5A State Championship…two-time fi rst team all-conference selection…racked up 63 tackles and four sacks to
achieve all-state HM honors as a senior…invited to 2013 Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Football Game…also
four-year letterer and captain of the Rebel wrestling team…fi ve-time state qualifi er (220lbs), claiming state titles in the freestyle
category as a sophomore and junior…all-state academic…will graduate with honors
PERSONAL: Son of Dan and Patty Mayberry…born June 11, 1995…has one brother, Kyle and two sisters, Katlin and Ashley…exercise
science major…business minor…would like two explore entrepreneurship and work within sports…participates in several
community initiatives including 9 Cares Colorado Shares and Relay for Life…favorite athlete J.J. Watt…something unique about
Brian is he says he has never met a stranger, “I consider everyone I meet to be my friend”
Max Mickey (RB, 5-8, 170, Holden, Mo./Holden HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Holden…played four seasons of football for the Eagles…set Missouri single-season rushing record with
3,382 yards (242 ypg) and 45 TDs as a senior…named to 2012 Max Preps Small Schools All-American Team…averaged 10.2 yards
per carry in 2012…tabbed Missouri Coaches fi rst team all-state and 2012 class 2 Off ensive Player of the Year…member of Missouri’s
coveted All-Simone team…Frank Fontana award winner…three-time all-state, all-conference, all-district and KMZU Dream
Team selection…KMZU Player of the Year…7,470 career-rushing yards, 93-career TDs…four-time academic all-conference…also
four-year wrestler for Holden…fi nished runner-up at 2012 state wrestling tournament…two-time all-state and all-district wrestler…
recently led Eagles to fi rst-ever MRVC wrestling Conference Championship…currently ranked No.3 in class 1…member of
FFA and NHS
PERSONAL: Son of Bob and Linda Mickey…born July 7, 1994…has one brother, Rob and one sister, Kristen…undecided major…
favorite athlete is Danny Woodhead…says he has a funny sense of humor
Cody Moon (TE, 6-3, 230, Eldorado, Wis./Laconia HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Laconia…three-year starter for the Spartans…capped senior season with 2,000 on the ground (26
TDs) to garner Flyway Conference Off ensive Player of the Year honors, all-state HM and fi rst team all-region plaudits…three-time
all-conference for both off ensive and defensive eff orts…playing DB/LB, moon holds career totals of 180 tackles, 8 TFLs and 6.5
sacks…3,000 career-rushing yards (39 TD)…also four-time letterwinner for Spartan wrestling…three-time all-conference selection
wrestler, with top-5 fi nishes at state tournament in sophomore in junior seasons… four-year starter on the baseball team…member
of FFA
PERSONAL: Son of Jeff and Kris Moon…born Nov. 8, 1994…has one brother, Erik…elementary education major…career goal to
become a teacher and move into an administrative role as a principal or athletic director…volunteers as local youth wrestling
coach…favorite athlete is Josh Hamilton
Jordan Mueller (OL, 6-5, 275, Plymouth, Wis./Plymouth HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Plymouth…three-year letterwinner for the Panther football team…tabbed all-state HM for eff orts on
both off ensive and defensive line as a senior…2012 Eastern Wisconsin Conference (EWC) Off ensive Lineman of the Year…also a
Big School All-Star and all-region selection (OL/DL)…holds program record with 12 knockdown blocks in a single game…twotime
All-EWC selection…participated in peers for peers…recipient of 2012 Football Academic Achievement Award
PERSONAL: Son of Allen and Georgina Mueller…born October 3, 1994…has one sister, Hayley…business administration major…
volunteer coach for the Plymouth Junior League football…favorite athlete Lebron James and BJ Raji
Austin Schaff er (DB, 6-1, 185, Hilbert, Wis./Hilbert HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Hilbert...earned letters in track and fi eld (4), basketball (3) and football (3)…versatile athlete, garnering
all-region plaudits at DB (2011) and LB (2012) positions…two-time Olympian Packerland Small all-conference performer… named
OPS Defensive Player of the Year following senior season…2012 runner-up in the triple jump at the state championships…
holds Wolves’ records in the triple jump, 4x200m and 4x100m relays…two-year captain for football and basketball...also captain of
Hilbert track and fi eld team…member of NHS, student council and the Anatomy Club
PERSONAL: Son of Michelle and Alan Schaff er...born May 18, 1995...has two sisters, Alaina and Avery...career goal to become a
nurse anesthetist…participates in community outreach programs through local church…volunteer coach at youth football and
basketball camps…favorite athlete is Clay Matthews…enjoys hunting and fi shing
Nicholas Stanke (TE, 6-3, 235, Eau Claire, Wis./Regis HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Regis…played three seasons of football for the Ramblers…contributing on both sides of the fi eld (TE/
DE), Stanke was a three-time Western Cloverbelt all-conference selection and two-time all-region and all-northwest performer...
had 11 grabs for 212 yards and 8 touchdowns to earn all-state HM honors as a senior…tallied 36 receptions for 692 yards (15 TD),
while recording 181.5 tackles and 12.5 sacks as a Rambler…also a four-year letterer in baseball and basketball, where he earned
several honors including all-conference, all-city, all-district and all-academic all-state plaudits…maintained a 3.94 GPA…recipient
of the Presidential Award…member of chess club, key club, NHS, Youth Leadership Eau Claire and campus ministry
PERSONAL: Son of Debra and Charles Stanke…born October 28, 1994…has one brother, Ryan and one sister, Angie…major
undecided…active volunteer with Immaculate Conception Church…favorite athlete is Aaron Rodgers…something unique about
Nicholas is he enjoys playing tennis, table tennis and fi shing
Jason Towns (DB, 5-6, 150, Harvey, Ill./Thornton Township HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Thornton Township…played four years of football for the Wildcats…tallied 50 tackles, 9 INTs, 3 FF, 2
FR and 1 TD to earn all-area honors…two-time Southwest Suburban Red Conference all-conference performer…IHSA Academic
all-state…also four-year letterwinner for Thornton’s baseball team and one-year letterer in basketball…member of NHS, Thornton
Scholars and student council
PERSONAL: Son of Latonya and Rodney Towns…born Oct. 8, 1994...has two brothers, Jamal and Steven and one sister, Mekiala…
criminal justice major…career goal to become a forensic scientist…favorite athlete is Champ Bailey…Jason enjoys singing
Tanner Townsend (DB/WR, 6-0, 175, Castle Rock, Colo./Castle Rock HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Castle Rock…two-year letterwinner for the Sabercat football team…tabbed Pioneer fi rst team all-conference
and Special Teams Player of the Year following senior campaign…three-year letterwinner for Castle Rock’s track and fi eld
program…fi nished third in the 100m dash at the 2012 state championships…member of D.E.C.A
PERSONAL: Son of T.D. and Jennifer Townsend…born March 23, 1995…has two siblings, Brittney and Brooklyn…business major…
sports management minor…career goal to start his own business…participates in Denver Open House Ministries, feeding the
Denver metro area homeless…favorite athlete is Devin Hester
Matthew Young (QB, 5-10, 187, Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Desert Vista…three-year letterwinner for Thunder football and track and fi eld…guided Desert Vista to
2011 state crown and the 2012 state quarterfi nals…the two-way standout earned all-state HM nods as a DB in 2011 and recognition
at QB in 2012…team captain…recipient of Desert Vista Character Player of the Year and school’s Outstanding Sprinter
award…racked up 1,575 passing yards (14 TD), 360 rushing yards (1 TD) and 45 receiving yards during career…averaged 36 yards
per punt return and 23 per kick…maintained a 3.7 GPA…FCA Vice President (2011-present)
PERSONAL: Son of Dave and Georgina Young…born July 27, 1994…grandson of former USF’s head football coach and all-time
wins leader Bob Young…has one sister, Andrea…major undecided…involved in Act of Kindness program…favorite athlete is
Michael Vick…in 8th grade Matt was the QB for the West All-Stars in the Under Armour Youth All-Star game in Orlando, Fla.
Zane Zentic (WR, 6-5, 190, Fremont, Neb./Fremont HS)
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Freemont...three-year football player for the Tigers…earned academic all-conference honors all three
seasons…two-time all-conference HM…named to all-area squad as junior and senior...also three-year letterwinner in track and
fi eld, two-year in basketball…two-time all-conference HM selection for his play on the court…football and basketball team captain…
member of school choir, key club, tiger pals, FBLA and letter club
PERSONAL: Son of Mike and Tammi Zentic...born April 8, 1994...has two sisters, Lindsey and Kaitlin…business administration major…
entrepreneurial studies minor…favorite athlete is Maria Sharapova…something unique about Zane is he will represent the
3rd generation of Zentics to play college football…Zane can also juggle

Courtesy: USF

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