South Dakota State, South Dakota Land Three on All-Missouri Valley First Team
A trio of South Dakota college football players are among the best of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2015.
South Dakota State wide receiver Jake Wieneke and tight end Dallas Goedert, along with South Dakota defensive lineman Andrew Van Ginkel are on the 2015 All-Missouri Football Conference first team.
Wieneke, a sophomore from Maple Grove, Minnesota, ended the regular season with a league-best 1,344 receiving yards on 66 catches with 11 touchdowns. With an average of 20.4 yards per reception, Wieneke posted seven 100-yard receiving games during the regular season, including four in league play.
Goedert, a sophomore from Britton, averaged 18.4 yards per reception, tallying 24 catches for 441 yards in 11 games. He also caught two touchdown passes and recorded the team’s longest reception of the season at 77 yards.
Van Ginkel, a redshirt freshman from Rock Valley, Iowa, finished second in the MVC in both sacks (9.0) and tackles-for-loss (18.0). He ranks 12th and 14th, respectively, nationally in those categories. He was the Coyotes’ fifth-leading tackler (56), and ranks second nationally with three fumble recoveries. He forced two fumbles, blocked a kick, had two pass breakups and six quarterback hurries. Last week, he was named Freshman of the Year in the league.
Six local players were named to the All-MVFC second team:
OL -- Jacob Ohnesorge, South Dakota State 6-3 280 So. Waunakee (Wis.) High
OL -- Robert Rathje, UNI 6-3 295 Jr. Van Horne (Iowa) Benton Community High
PK -- Miles Bergner, South Dakota 6-0 225 Jr. Longmont (Colo.) High DL -- Cole Langer, South Dakota State 6-2 285 Jr. Dell Rapids (S.D.) High
LB -- T.J. Lally, South Dakota State 6-0 225 Sr. Chicago (Ill.) Marmion Academy
DB -- Jimmie Forsythe, South Dakota State 5-10 190 Sr. Omaha (Neb.) Burke High
Van Ginkel is also in the Valley's All-Newcomer Team along with teammate Michael Fredrick.
A freshman running back, from Miami, Fredrick was the Coyotes leading rusher in 2015, picking up 622 yards on 162 carries for two touchdowns. Fredrick played in all 11 games, starting five in place of the injured Trevor Bouma.
South Dakota State quarterback Taryn Christion is also on the all-newcomer team.
The true freshman from Sioux Falls (Roosevelt High School), Christion did not make his collegiate debut until an October 10 game against Indiana State, filling in for injured starter Zach Lujan. Christion finished the regular season completing 60.2 percent (71-of-118) of his passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns. He also ranked third on the team with 293 rushing yards during the regular season, including turning in the team's longest run of the season, a 70-yard touchdown October 17 at Youngstown State.