Coyotes Show Off Big Play Offense in Spring Game
Often in Spring Football games, established starting players see little or no action due to the risk of injury or simply to give other players on the depth chart a chance to get some snaps. Not the case in Vermillion Saturday, as South Dakota quarterback Kevin Earl went the distance in the Spring Game, mainly because the Coyotes didn’t have any other healthy QBs on the roster.
Earl responded with a 17-of-35 day passing for 335 yards and four touchdowns and three interceptions, as the USD offense topped the defense 48-21.
Head coach Joe Glenn told me he was impressed by what he saw from his quarterback:
Earl spread the wealth Saturday, connecting with nine different receivers, including Ben Kramer, who had three catches for 120 yards and touchdowns of 30 and 59 yards. Sam Cooke and Nick Meyer also caught touchdown passes, while redshirt freshman Brandt Van Roekel made three catches for 65 yards and Riley Donovan caught two passes for 56 yards.
Coach Glenn says there’s plenty of depth at receiver for the Coyotes this season:
On the ground, Trevor Bouma, Jordan Roberts, and Khorey Kilgore were limited to just 38 yards on 28 attempts. Coach Glenn knows why the yards were so hard to come by:
As the defense tries to replace All-American Tyler Starr, players like Kenny Fideler and Jet Moreland stepped up with four tackles each, while Auston Johnson recorded a pair sacks and really stood out to coach Glenn as the defensive star:
As for special teams, kicker Miles Bergner booted a pair of field goals, one from 37 yards out and 42 yards out:
The South Dakota program turned a bit of a corner in coach Glenn’s second season last year, winning a trio of Missouri Valley Conference games, after going winless in league play in 2012.
Coach Glenn told me that new found confidence carried over to Spring practice this year:
The Coyotes open the season August 30th at Oregon. The home opener is September 6th against William Penn.