VERMILLION, S.D. — The team with no preseason all-conference picks has a program-record five on the all-Missouri Valley Football Conference Team. And it has a Siouxland flavor to it.
South Dakota is represented on the team by senior quarterback Chris Streveler, senior left guard Stetson Dagel, sophomore defensive end Darin Greenfield, junior safety Andrew Gray and senior long snapper Brandon Godsey. In addition, senior linebacker Jim Litrenta and receivers Brandt Van Roekel, a senior, and Shamar Jackson, a junior, received honorable mention.
Streveler, who was named Valley Offensive Player of the Year last week, broke the league’s single-season record for total offense during the Coyotes’ first round win against Nicholls Saturday. Streveler has passed for a USD-record 3,614 yards this season with 27 touchdowns. He has also run for 669 yards and 10 scores. He is a top candidate for national player of the year. He is the Coyotes’ third two-time all-MVFC honoree.
Dagel, a Cherokee High Schol grad, has been the top lineman for a Coyote offense that ranks second nationally for total yards and fifth for scoring. Dagel has started 26 games and competed in 38 during his four-year career. A team captain, he has headed a unit that ranks 25th nationally in rushing at 196 yards per game and eighth in passing at 317 yards per game.
Of 30 first-team selections, Greenfield, a Sheldon High School product, is one of four underclassmen. He leads the Valley and ranks fifth nationally with 18.5 tackles-for-loss, the 10th-highest total in program history. Greenfield also has the second-most sacks in the Valley with eight. He has played in all 12 games this season and compiled 57 tackles, the fifth-highest total on the team.
Gray is the Coyotes’ second-leading tackler this season with 77 stops, one off the team lead.
Godsey has been a staple for the Coyotes for four seasons. He has served as USD’s long and short snapper for all of the Coyotes’ 46 games dating back to 2014.
Van Roekel, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley High School grad, just became the ninth Coyote in program history to catch 100 passes. He also surpassed 1,500 career yards. This season, Van Roekel has caught 40 passes for 572 yards and seven touchdowns. He caught two touchdowns Saturday against Nicholls including the game-winner with six minutes remaining. His 17 career scores are four shy of the program record.
Sioux Center native Christian Rozeboom, a sophomore was a first-team selection for South Dakota State. He tallied a team-best 107 tackles, including seven tackles for loss, during the 2017 regular season. He registered 10 or more tackles seven times, while adding an interception and two fumble recoveries.
Balser, a senior safety from Sheldon, was an honorable mention selection. Balster ranked third on the team with 53 tackles, including three tackles for loss, in 11 regular season games. He also contributed an interception and three pass breakups.