Thursday was media day for the University of South Dakota football team, which has a new head coach (Joe Glenn) and begins play this season in a new league (Missouri Valley Football Conference). Below is a snippet of what Glenn and offensive coordinator Wes Beschorner had to say.
Other jottings from Thursday morning’s practice and the afternoon media session:
- Redshirt freshman Nick Meyer has made the transition from quarterback to wide receiver. He was used a lot in Thursday’s practice and made a great one-handed catch in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. That catch was later named the play of the day by the team.
- Junior wide receiver Austin Koch, a Tyndall native, did not practice Thursday. He was on the sidelines. I’m not sure what his injury was, but it didn’t look like anything severe.
- During the red zone drills, the offense took a significant step forward, especially through the air. Those drills are seemingly designed to pressure the defense, and from what we saw Thursday, the offense could have some weapons — especially with a 1-2 punch of Marcus Sims & Jasper Sanders in the backfield.
- The defense has been actively trying to strip the ball and force fumbles, at one point celebrating when a receiver fumbled the ball during a red zone drill. With the defense celebrating, another one of the offensive players joked, “Come on, y’all, you know my boy ain’t right.” It got a good laugh.
- Junior linebacker Tyler Starr said later that the team is trying to “change the game.” When I asked him about it, he referenced not only winning the Missouri Valley title in their first year, but contending for a national championship.