By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota School of Mines football program had its best season in over 10 years in 2008. The Hardrockers finished with a 5-5 overall record and were very competitive in the Dakota Athletic Conference going head-to-head with all their DAC opponents which included a dramatic win over long-time rival Black Hills State.
The SDM coaching staff wants to use last year as a spring board of even better things to come for this coming year and have had a busy and productive off-season recruiting incoming freshmen to boost the roster and add depth to the lineup.
“We feel we���ve strengthened our linebacker positions along with the offensive and defensive line position,” said fifth-year head coach Dan Kratzer. “We have also added great depth to our quarterback position, receiving core, kicking game and the defensive secondary positions as well.”
The Hardrockers have already added 32 new recruits to the roster and still have June and July to find more.
The line backing unit has received the most attention with eight new members while the offensive linemen have added seven players and the defensive secondary will have six additions.
“We want to continue to put points on the board while making some big plays on defense,” Kratzer said. These guys will help us accomplish that.”
The new Hardrocker football recruits are listed below:
Linebackers: Dustin Fischer 6-0, 220, from Hot Springs, S.D. (Mech); James Harding 5-10, 180, Mechanicville, Vi. (Mech ); Domingo DeLvalle 5-10, 210, Mandan ND (Mech ); Dale Woster 5-10 200, North Pole, Ala. (Civil ); Ryan McLaughlin 5-11, 185, Oglala, S.D. (Electrical ); Brock Blankenship 5-11, 195, England, via Wyo. (Civil E); Mitchell Hoellein 6-2, 195, Eureka S.D. (Environmental); Shelby Bonner 6-0, 180, Wilcox, Ariz. (Geological).
Offensive Lineman: Wyatt Hunter Johnson 6-5, 290, Vermillion, S.D. (Mech); Taylor Beamer 6-3, 265 Houston, Texas (Engineering); Zack Looney 6-0, 250, Gillette, Wyo., (Mech); Shane Sweeney 6-2, 265, Chino Hills, Calif. ( IS Pre-law); Brian Freed 6-7, 260, Staunton, Vi.(Civil or Mech); Russell Humphrey 6-5, 285, San Diego, Calif. ( Bio-Med Engineering); Jon Peltz 6-6, 290 Hoxie, Kan. (Electrical or Atmospheric Science).
‘Rockers tally 32 recruits for 09 football squad so far Defensive Lineman: Andrew Munson 6-2, 245, Bismarck N.D. (Geological Eng. –Geology); Garrett Peterson 6-3, 195, Stapleton, Neb. (Mech.).
Secondary: Houston Bashus 6-1, 175, Bismarck, N.D. (Geology); Jordan Smith 5-9, 175, Parkston, S.D. (Civil); Joe Medina 6-2, 170, Las Vegas, Nev. (Engineering); Matt McGee 5-9, 160, Butte, Mont. (Civil)—Johnny Gonzales 5-10, 195, (Chadron transfer)Rapid City (Undecided); Cody Lundie 6-0, 185, Rapid City S.D. via Hill City (Electrical).
Running Backs: Anthony Renteria 5-5, 168, Gilbert, Ariz. (Math); Trevor Moheit 5-10, 175, Vacaville, Calif. (Chemical) -David Devitt 6-0, 215, Platte Valley, Colo. (Computer Engineering); Dakota Savage 5-9, 155, Julian, Calif.(IS).
Quarterbacks: Marshall Davis 6-2, 210, Olathe, Kan. (Environmental); Tanner Ireland 6-0, 190, Albuquerque, N.M. (Mechanical).
Wide Receivers: Tarron Teeslink 6-1, 170, Box Elder, S.D. (Math); Donovan Brill 5-10, 170, Elko, Nev. (IS) Jaryd Francis 6-7, 220 Wolcott, Colo. (Mining)
Kickers/Punters: Kolten Jelden 6-1, 160, (Transfer Univ. Of Wyoming); Gregory Griffin, Firestone, Colo., (Civil).
The Hardrockers kick off the 2009 campaign with a non-conference night game against Montana Tech. The game is slated for a 6 p.m. start Aug. 29 at O’Harra Stadium in Rapid City.
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