The USF football team extended its run of consecutive winning seasons to 24 last fall, finishing 9-3, while advancing to the D2 playoffs, and shows no signs of slowing down.
Sioux Falls is preparing for its second season under head coach Jon Anderson.
“A lot of last year was getting to know each other still, even through the season. This year, it’s just all football. We’re focused on football, focused on winning, and improving on what we had last year,” USF senior WR A.J. Garrow said.
After finishing eighth in the NSIC in pass offense last season, the Cougars hope to upgrade their pass game, but currently have three players vying for the starting quarterback job.
“It’s fun to watch them spin it. We’ve got a big decision coming up and that’ll play itself out, but right now it’s equal reps for all three of those guys,” USF head coach Jon Anderson said.
“All three great guys that just know how to sling the rock, obviously, and it’s a heated competition, but they love each other,” Garrow said.
USF had the top scoring defense in the NSIC last fall, allowing 12.5 points per game, but will have to replace nine defensive starters.
“We’re replacing multiple starters from last year, but all of us that are on right now, we’ve been playing together for the last couple years getting used to each other and I think just the way we’re going to mesh together is going to make this defense really great,” USF JR safety Tucker Stout said.
Sioux Falls is picked to finish third in the Northern Sun, and opens the regular season against Concordia-St. Paul.
“It’s a good start. We were a little sluggish when we played them last year, especially early in the first half, and now we need to be able to get our season started right, and on a Thursday night here at the Bob, we’re looking forward to it,” Anderson said.
“It’s going to be a great atmosphere, first game, night game, you know what I mean. It’s exciting and hard not to think about it all the time. You want to just strap on the pads for game day right now,” Garrow said.
The Cougars and Golden Bears cross paths Thursday, August 30th. Kickoff is set for 6:00 at Bob Young Field.