VERMILLION — South Dakota senior defensive lineman and two-time All-American Darin Greenfield has been selected to HERO Sports’ FCS Preseason All-America Team announced Thursday.

Of the returners to the Missouri Valley Football Conference this year, no one has recorded more sacks and tackles-for-loss than Greenfield over the last two seasons. A two-time first-team all-MVFC honoree, Greenfield had 9.0 sacks and 19.5 TFL as a sophomore in 2017 and backed that up with 6.0 sacks and 14.5 TFL in 2018. He is also the Coyotes’ third-leading tackler in that span. Only the Gray brothers, Andrew and Alex, compiled more tackles than Greenfield.

Twelve defensive linemen were selected to the HERO Sports team and Greenfield is one of four named to the second team. Fellow MVFC performer Derrek Tuszka of North Dakota State is a third-team pick.

South Dakota, an FCS playoff participant in 2017, begins the 2019 season at home against Montana on Aug. 31. Game two is against FBS power Oklahoma in Norman on Sept. 7.

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