USD Spring Football Notes

BY JEREMY HOECK

VERMILLION — The University of South Dakota football team is now three practices into their spring season.

Yep, three, but there’s still plenty to chat about.

One of the first things I noticed when I was watching practice this Monday was the tall player wearing No. 12 in red.

Allen Saint-Gelais, the junior forward from the men’s basketball team. Naturally, I was curious, mostly because I had just come from the DakotaDome and saw the men’s team getting ready for practice. So, at the same time he was supposed to be on the hardwood, he was outside on grass.

Well, turns out (from two different people), looks like he’s done with basketball and focusing on football. There’s not much beyond that I can share, because I don’t know what type of football background he has or anything like that — but I’m planning to ask when I’m over in Vermillion next time.

Other football notes:

** USD has only 72 players for spring practices. Gone are 23 seniors from last season and of course, the freshman class (of 21) won’t get to campus until the fall.

** Junior college transfers Jasper Sanders (RB), Devin Taverna (DB) and D.J. Wakes (DB) are, however, already enrolled and are practicing with the team.

** At quarterback — always a hot topic for discussion in the spring, right? — the Coyotes have four at that spot. Sophomore Josh Vander Maten, last season’s back-up, is essentially the No. 1 right now. He’ll have competition from redshirt freshmen Kevin Earl and Nick Meyer, and junior Kyle Cichos. Glenn has consistently raved about Vander Maten’s feet, but he’s more of a pocket passer than Dante Warren was.

** Sophomore receiver Austin Koch, a Tyndall native, has been put on scholarship this season, according to Glenn. Koch, a former walk-on, has not caught a pass in his career, despite playing in four games last season.

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