The 2018 University of South Dakota Spring football camp closed with an acrobatic catch from wide receiver Dakari Allen during a 33-27 win by the offense over the defense in the annual Spring Game, but what really mattered for the future of this program was what happened during the two weeks of workouts leading up to last Friday's (April 20) game at the DakotaDome.

It was the first time the Coyotes had come together since qualifying for the FCS Playoffs for the first time last season. It was also the debut for Austin Simmons as the #1 quarterback for USD, after backing up Chris Streveler each of the last two seasons.

In the spring game, Simmons went 11-of-17 for 254 yards through the air. He will benefit from a tremendous amount of depth at the wide receiver position this season.

Running the football will be the responsibility of a number of different players. Michael Fredrick, Ben Klett, and Kai Henry all return and the Coyotes are looking for immediate impact from some newcomers as well.

Up front, off-season injuries kept a number of USD offensive lineman off the field this spring, but they are expected to be at full strength when workouts resume this summer.

There is much greater depth on the defensive side of the ball with leading tackler Andrew Gray returning in the secondary. The Coyotes also have a pair of starters back at linebacker.

Up front, with lineman Darin Greenfield banged up, redshirt freshmen Riley Peters and Sammy Byrd stepped up in the Spring Game.

I talked with Head Coach Bob Nielson about the 2018 Spring Camp:


 

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