VERMILLION, S.D.—Junior quarterback Kevin Earl, senior running back Jasper Sanders, junior linebacker Keyen Lage and junior defensive lineman Drew Iddings have been named captains of South Dakota’s football team for the upcoming season as voted on by their peers.
Earl, a native of Lincolnshire, Ill., started the final eight games a year ago and finished second in the MVFC in yards per game in conference play. His top performance was a 370-yard, three-touchdown effort in a double-overtime win against then-No. 13 Northern Iowa. He finished the season with 1,920 yards and 12 total touchdowns (9 pass, 3 rush).
Sanders, a native of Kansas City, Kan., was named to the MVFC All-Newcomer Team in 2012 after rushing for 264 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games. He also hauled in 12 passes. Sanders missed all of 2013 with a wrist injury sustained during the preseason. He figures to be the Coyotes’ top return man this season in addition to returning to the offense.
Lage, a native of Sioux Falls, S.D., started all 12 games at outside linebacker a year ago. He finished fourth on the team in tackles with 67 and was eighth in the MVFC in tackles-for-loss with 12. He also had four sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one recovery. Lage was one of two true freshmen who lettered in 2012. He had 100 tackles in his first two seasons.
Iddings, a native of Rapid City, S.D., is a preseason All-MVFC pick. He started all 12 games a year ago, had 51 tackles, 2.5 sacks and was ninth in the MVFC in tackles-for-loss with nine. Iddings was one of 12 redshirt freshmen who lettered in 2012 when he earned three starts and had 35 tackles. In two seasons, Iddings has registered six sacks and 86 tackles.
The quartet will lead the Coyotes for the first time at 9:30 p.m. CDT Saturday when USD takes on No. 3/4 Oregon in Eugene, Ore., in the season opener for both teams.
Courtesy: USD Bryan Boettcher