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USD puts five on newcomer team

VERMILLION, S.D. — South Dakota freshmen Kody Case, Tyler Ciurej, Mason Scheidegger, Nathan Schultz and Brady Schutt have all been named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team. The five selections are the most for USD in six seasons in the Valley. No other MVFC team has more than three selected to the 22-man team.

Case, from Lake City, has caught 21 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns while competing in 11 games for the Coyotes. He is the team’s fourth-leading receiver in terms of yardage, and his four scores are tied for second.

Ciurej has competed in all 12 games and has been the starting center for nine in a row. Scheidegger, from Fonda, has played every position on the offensive line this season and started all 12 games.

Schultz has earned 11 starts at defensive tackle where he has compiled 23 tackles including five sacks and eight tackles for loss.

Schutt, from Orange City, Iowa, has filled in admirably for departed All-American Miles Bergner. Schutt leads the Valley with 24 punts placed inside the 20, while seven have been downed inside the 10. He has averaged 40.2 yards on 58 punts and has a long of 54 yards.

South Dakota State freshman Logan Backhaus, a former Spirit Lake prep, was also named to the All-Newcomer team.

Jackson wins Tatum Award

IOWA CITY -- University of Iowa junior defensive back Josh Jackson has been named the recipient of the 2017 Jack Tatum Award as the best defensive back in the nation.

Jackson (6-foot-1, 192-pounds), a native of Corinth, Texas, is tied as the national leader with seven interceptions. He leads the nation with 25 passes defended and is tied for second in interception return touchdowns (two), and pass break-ups (18).

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