He led USD in passing yards and rushing touchdowns in 2012 and its likely to happen again in 2013. While quarterback Josh Vander Maten will continue to be a dual threat, he's hoping the rest of his team can chip in and help bring the Coyotes some more wins this year.
USD was 1-10 last season in their Missouri Valley Football Conference debut. That's because the Yotes overall ranked near the bottom of the Valley in total offense along with passing and rushing offense. At -5 in turnover margin as well, South Dakota is hoping Vander Maten's experience under center turns things around this year. One things for sure, he's much more confident heading into his junior campaign.
"Any time you get to drive the car for a year, he's got it, and he had it last year too. Now he's got the experience. There's only one way you get that, you can't buy it," USD head coach Joe Glenn said.
"Just like all of us, we're rep guys. Whether it's being in front of a camera or talking to a girl, it's all those things. Taking the position of quarterback, sometimes it takes a lot of guys a lot of reps. Sometimes things click for certain guys. I think Josh has a little bit of both. When it's great he can make a play. He needs to see some things a little bit more but just having the ability to see these defenses another year, will help him," offensive coordinator Wes Beschorner said.