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Year of experience beneficial for USD’s Austin Simmons

VERMILLION, South Dakota (KTIV) – The South Dakota football team is picked to finish sixth in the Missouri Valley Football Conference this season. Inexperience a year ago showed as the Coyotes finished with a 4-7 record. But the Coyotes return a lot of talent this year at the skill positions on offense.

Senior quarterback Austin Simmons returns for his second season as the starting quarterback. The Council Bluffs, Iowa native was an Missouri Valley Football Conference honorable mention a year ago. He led the Valley with 3100 passing yards. He threw 18 touchdowns to just eight interceptions and added five rushing touchdowns. Expectations are even higher for Simmons going into the 2019 season having had that year of experience as the starter.

“I think it helps a lot,” said Simmons. “Anytime you can get experience in anything in life, you get better as you do it so one year under the belt, hopefully it can pick up at a higher level this year I was last year.”

“You get a sense of talking to Austin, he’s a pretty matter of fact kind of guy but extremely focussed,” said head coach Bob Nielson. “He has improved a lot. He’s improved a lot not just as a player but improved a lot as a leader over the last year.”

South Dakota opens the season August 31st against Montana at the Dakota Dome.

Devin Reiners

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