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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (February 6, 2013) –  The University of Sioux Falls head football coach Jed Stugart and his staff has announced the addition of 18 student-athletes that will join the Cougar football program in the fall of 2013.

The 2013 class is comprised of 10 offensive players and 8 defensive players with the greatest number of options added to the defensive back, defensive line and running back positions.

“We think it's an exciting group,” said fourth-year head coach Jed Stugart. “We feel like we have a lot of good players that will come in and compete for playing time this year.”

“I want to congratulate our football team, our past team, our seniors, congratulate them on what they were able to accomplish our first year in the NSIC because I think that sets the tone for recruiting,” Stugart added. 


USF signed a total of 16 high school seniors and added two from the junior college ranks.


“We've not signed a big class this year because I think we have a lack of attrition. That's a good thing. We don't have a lot of people coming into our program and leaving.” 


The class represents nine states, five from Wisconsin, three from Colorado, two from California and Minnesota, plus one each from Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.

“We have more to offer than we've ever had at USF. We have a track record for winning, we have a track record for graduating our players and we play in one of the best conferences in all of NCAA D-II,” Stugart added. 

In its first full season as a full fledge member of the NCAA DII, USF recorded an impressive 9-2 mark and enjoyed six weeks in the national top-25 poll, ranking as high as No. 17 last season.


“We have a good football program. Our job is to keep pushing and try to get better. We had a super year last year in wins and losses. We have to try and do better. If you don't try and get better, you're going in the wrong direction. This is a year we'll try to do better than we did last year, and we'll see what happens.”

USF opens the 2013 season Saturday September 7 when they visit the University of Minnesota-Duluth.


the Class of 2013
Andrew Buchele (WR, 6-3, 200, Milbank, S.D./Milbank)
Raymond Bautista (LB, 6-0, 215, Woodland, Calif./Sacramento CC) 
Nephi Garcia (RB, 5-7, 192, Palm Desert, Calif./College of the Desert) 
Evan Gentry (DL, 6-3, 250, Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian HS) 
Derek Landis (LB, 6-2, 210, Lakewood, Colo./Lakewood HS) 
Andrew Jarosz (OL, 6-3, 265, North Oaks, Minn./Totino-Grace HS 
Khadel Akindolire-King (RB, 5-8, 173, Eau Claire, Wis./Regis HS) 
Brian Mayberry (DL, 6-4, 240, Littleton, Colo./Columbine HS) 
Max Mickey (RB, 5-8, 170, Holden, Mo./Holden HS) 
Cody Moon (TE, 6-3, 230, Eldorado, Wis./Laconia HS)
Jordan Mueller (OL, 6-5, 275, Plymouth, Wis./Plymouth HS) 
Daulton Olinger (DL, 6-0, 270, Spring Lake Park, Minn./Spring Lake Park HS) 
Austin Schaffer (DB, 6-1, 185, Hilbert, Wis./Hilbert HS) 
Nicholas Stanke (TE, 6-3, 235, Eau Claire, Wis./Regis HS) 
Jason Towns (DB, 5-6, 150, Harvey, Ill./Thornton Township HS) 
Tanner Townsend (DB/WR, 6-0, 175, Castle Rock, Colo./Castle Rock HS) 
Matthew Young (QB, 5-10, 187, Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS) 
Zane Zentic (WR, 6-5, 190, Fremont, Neb./Fremont HS)
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