Dakota Football Kicks Off Conference Season Against Missouri State | Heather cliff
Camp rebounded from a 98-yard performance against Kansas to throw for 213 yards and one scoring against Northern Arizona and 226 yards and two scores against Cal Poly.
He and his counterpart, Missouri State quarterback Jason Shelley, have yet to throw an interception this season.
“He’s a talented runner, and I think he throws the ball a little better,” Nielson said of Shelley. “We have to find ways to put the pressure on him, but we have to stay contained as a runner.”
Defensive success begins up front with the defensive line where nose tackle DeValon Whitcomb (23 career starts) serves as nose tackle. Defenseman Jacob Matthew is fifth on the team in tackles with 12, but defensive ends Brendan Webb and Nick Gaes are just behind with 10 apiece. Their game opened up tackle paths for Valley linebackers and lead tackles Jack Cochrane (24) and Brock Mogensen (22) who combined for one sack and eight tackles for a loss.
Two new faces that topped the box’s score last week defensively were sophomore rookie Jack Hagy and transfer graduate DeJaun Cooper. Hagy totaled five tackles, including a sack and another save for a loss. Cooper suffered a backpack in the fourth quarter that led to a Coyote touchdown. He made four tackles, two for losses and a rushed quarterback on his first start as a Coyote.
Missouri is averaging 230 passing yards, with western Kentucky transfer Xavier Lane accounting for nearly half of those yards. The Bears also bring back Damoriea Vick senior who is 6-3 / 4 and has nearly 1,500 career yards. The Coyotes counter with cornerback Myles Harden who led the FCS in defended passes per game as a true rookie last spring. Tre Jackson has made seven straight starts on the other side for the USD and is putting in a strong performance at Cal Poly.