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South Dakota begins spring practice

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VERMILLION, S.D. (KTIV) - If you were to look at the wins and losses for South Dakota last year, it'd be easy to assume they just had a bad year.

But, looks can be deceiving.

They accomplished a lot, and the excitement from last season on full display as the the Coyotes opened spring practices today.

They may have lost five straight at the end of last season, but four of those losses came to teams ranked in the Top 25.

With the exception of their 42-0 setback to the two-time defending national champs from North Dakota State, South Dakota was within two scores of coming away with a victory.

After going winless in their first season in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Coyotes won three league games last season and finished with a 3-5 mark.

"We fought really hard and came together as a team in those last couple of games," junior linebacker Keyen Lage said.  "We thought we were going to make the playoffs when we got those first three (conference) wins in the middle of the season. That a real confidence killer not being able to.  Most of the team is back, we came into weight lifting and we've been killing it. We've gotten so close as a team."

"I don't think there's one bad kid on this team," sophomore running back Trevor Bouma added.  "Everybody is all in and we're ready to go.

The Coyotes begin the season Aug. 30, in Eugene, Oregon, to take on the Oregon Ducks.
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