BY JEREMY HOECK
That’s what USD football coach Joe Glenn called the series of injuries and other obstacles that the Coyotes have had to already overcome during fall camp.
Glenn, speaking at Thursday’s football media gathering in Vermillion, went down the list of issues like he was reading from a medical chart.
• Jasper Sanders: Snapped his wrist while doing a routine lifting routine. The projected starting tailback is out for the season, Glenn said, and has a redshirt season available.
• Earv Archambeau: The senior running back from Avon tore his achilles tendon during a simple move in a practice (something as basic as a step back before a run). He is out for the season, Glenn said, and is unlikely to get another year of eligibility. “It hurts our team, but even more than that, he’s a senior and will his senior year,” Glenn said.
• Chris Wiseman: The redshirt freshman defensive lineman twisted his knee during spring practice and will miss the season with the ACL injury. He was a 3-star recruit out of high school.
• Kyle Staples: The junior linebacker, a transfer from Fresno (Calif.) Community College who was expected to see major time, was in crutches Thursday and appears likely to be out for a while — not sure if for the whole season, or temporarily.
• Kenny Greer: The junior defensive lineman, who played in all 11 games last year, is out with some academic issues.
• Adding to those woes, the Coyotes were recently informed by a recruit (didn’t catch the name, my apologies) that he was accepting a scholarship offer from Air Force.
Said Glenn on the obstacles, “When it rains, it seems to pour in the same spot. We’re fighting that part a little bit.”
The losses of Sanders and Archambeau this season means the USD rushing game will see all new faces to carry the ball — aside, of course, from quarterback Josh Vander Maten (who rushed 138 times last year).
The three candidates to see a bulk of the time will be redshirt freshmen Trevor Bouma and Jordan Roberts, along with true freshman Khorey Kilgore. Glenn said having a stable of 3-4 backs is “usually what it takes.”
Offensive coordinator Wes Beschorner talked Thursday about the offense becoming more “fully dimensional” this year, between pass and run. “In this league, they’ll be able to stop something,” he said. Beschorner talked about tailoring the offense more toward what fits the skill level of the players better, specifically referencing the offense line — which returns four starters.
Defensive coordinator Jason Petrino talked about simplifying things, which will allow the guys to play faster.
With Sanders out for the return game, USD will lean toward Roberts, Bouma, Aaron Swift and Terrance Terry to return kicks, according to special teams coordinator Tim Triplett. Returning punts are likely to be Khalid Kornegay and Swift.
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