Vermillion South Dakota — University of South Dakota defensive end Andrew Van Ginkel has been named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Freshman of the Year as announced Wednesday by the conference office.
Van Ginkel, a redshirt freshman from Rock Valley, Iowa, finished second in the MVFC in both sacks (9.0) and tacklesforloss (18.0). He ranks 12 th and 14 th , respectively, nationally in those categories. He is the Coyotes’ fifthleading tackler with 56. Van Ginkel also ranks second nationally with three fumble recoveries. He forced two fumbles, blocked a kick, had two pass breakups and six quarterback hurries.
Van Ginkel is the first Coyote to earn the award since South Dakota joined the league in 2012. He is the second South Dakota player to win a major player award, joining Tyler Starr who was Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. Van Ginkel was also second in the voting for MVFC Newcomer of the Year. That award was given to Northern Iowa junior quarterback Aaron Bailey.
Van Ginkel is also the only defensive player on the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Watch List for Freshman Performer of the Year. He is also on the CFPA Watch List for DE/DT of the Year.
The complete MVFC AllConference Team will be announced Monday (Nov. 30). The AllNewcomer unit will be announced Tuesday (Dec. 1), and the MVFC AllAcademic Team will be announced Wednesday (Dec. 2).