By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY --- South Dakota
School of Mines sophomore
Dustin Meneley (Naples, Fla.)
was recently named to the
Victory Sports Network/College
Fanz All American Football
Second Team making the
prestigious list as a punt return
“Dustin is well deserving of the
high honor,” said Hardrocker
football head coach Dan
Kratzer. “He has been an
excellent practice player, and
that is why he performs so well in
Meneley racked up some impressive statistics during his second year with the Hardrockers. In the 2008
season, the Industrial Engineering major returned 20 punts for 343 yards. He averaged 17.2 yards on
each return and also ran back one punt for a touchdown. His longest return for the year was 75 yards.
On the national level, Meneley ranked second in the NAIA for punt return yards per attempt (17.2) and
also led the Dakota Athletic Conference with total yards (343), total
returns (20), as well as return average (17-2). As a team, the
Hardrockers ranked first in the country in punt return attempts (18.6
“We plan on getting the ball in his hands more in the future, his speed
needs to be utilized some more on offense. As a Second Team All-
American and as a sophomore his future is bright,” Kratzer said.
Meneley also returned kicks for SD Mines, where he returned 19 for
497 yards. He averaged 26.2 yards on each return, took one back for a
touchdown and had a long of 95 yards.
Meneley’s main job was as a defensive back for SD Mines, but he also
saw time at the wide receiver position and even took direct snaps as
the quarterback for the ‘Rocker offense.
SD Mines’ Meneley earns All American status
SD School of Mines sophomore Dustin Meneley fields a punt, slips past a couple
of BHSU defenders and heads up field during a game at Spearfish in the 2008
season. Photo by Brad Blume
“He is going to be a go to guy on offense in the future for us, because of his great speed and toughness,”
Kratzer said. “Dustin has been a starting DB and returner since he arrived here as a freshman. If anyone
is capable of going both ways he is, but with the ball in his hands on special teams he has been nothing
less than special.”
The Hardrockers finished the 2008 campaign with a 5-5 overall mark – the first .500 season since 1995.
The 2009 season begins Aug. 29 at Dunham Field at O’Harra Stadium with the Hardrockers squaring off
with the Montana Tech Orediggers. That game is slated for a 6 p.m. start.
Eleven other DAC players also made the list --- three players on the First Team, two on the Second Team
(including Meneley) and seven others received Honorable Mention recognition.
The First Team honorees are Valley City State senior wide receiver Chauncey Calhoun; Minot State
senior running back Nick Banks and Dickinson State senior defensive back Riley McPeters. Second Team
selections from the DAC are freshman kick returner Derion Williams of Dickinson State and sophomore
punt return specialist Dustin Meneley from South Dakota Mines.
Meneley, seen here
taking one back against
Mayville State during
the 2008 season, was
named to the Victory
Sports Network/ Fanz
All American Football
Second Team. Meneley
is an Industrial
Engineering Major from
Naples, Fla. Photo by
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