Cole Potter, JR, 6-2, DE, NSAA All-Conference 1st Team; school record 14.5 quarterback sacks in a single season; Cliff Harris Small College Defensive Player-of-the-Year finalists; second in the nation in quarterback sacks per game third in most sacks; Ben Kullos, SR, 5-9, LB, NSAA All-Conference 1st Team; led DSU defense in total tackles for second straight season; Steven Gram, JR, 6-0, OL, NSAA All-Conference 2nd Team; helped DSU set new offensive yards record with 4,313 total yards and total points with 348; averaged 21.1 first downs per game in 2014; Jeremy Christner, SO, 6-1, RB, NSAA All-Conference 2nd Team; led Trojans' rushing offense attach with 1,021 rushing yards in 215 attempts; averaged 92.8 rushing yards per game;
Zac Woods, SR, 6-3, OL, NAIA All-American First Team; NSAA All-Conference First Team; Zach Ely, SR, 6-0, WR, NSAA All-Conference Second Team; NAIA Football Scholar-Athlete (2-time); tied school record with former NAIA All-American Tommy Hofer for career touchdowns with 26;
Top Returners: Austin Ross - SR - 5-11 - DB - NSAA All-Conference 2nd Team; led Dakota State's defense with 4 interceptions last season and returned them for a total of 78 yards; 50 tackles including 3.5 tackles-for-loss of 22.5 yards; four broken-up passes Brendon Waldner - JR - 5-9 - WR/PR - NSAA All-Conference 2nd Team; set a pair of new DSU school records with 32 punt returns in a single season and new record with 6 punt returns in a single game; 18 punt returns for a total of 166 yards with a touchdown Bobby Tisch - SR - 6-4 - TE - NSAA All-Conference Honorable Mention (second time); 1,294 career receiving yards (247 yards with 25 receptions in 2014) Jacob Giles - SO - 6-2 - QB - played in the last five games of of the regular-season for the Trojans playing as a quarterback - 1,177 total yards (235.4 yards per game); 990 yards passing and 187 rushing yards; 167.7 passing efficiency (52-of-105 with 13 touchdowns and 1 interception) Austin Opdhal - SO - 6-1 - WR - 22 receptions for 430 yards with five touchdowns in 2014; caught the longest pass of 91 yards during the game at Briar Cliff (Iowa). David Riehle - JR - 6-1 - OL - helped Trojans to the best offensive yards and points scored in a single season. Dereck DeVries - SO - 6-3 - S - 21 tackles; 2 fumble recoveries and returned for 116 yards, including a touchdown Nic Behrens - JR - 6-0 - WR/P - 9 receptions for 62 yards; 47 punts for 1,845 yards (167.7 yards per game in punting); 39.3 punting yards per attempt Top Newcomers: Preston Nordling - WR - transfer from Morningside (Iowa) Dakota State (S.D.) is coming off from their 6-5 overall record last season, their first winning season and most victories since 1998. The Trojans open up their season with three straight home games at Trojan Field (vs. Dakota Wesleyan on Aug. 29, vs. Dordt on Sept. 5 and vs. Waldorf on Sept. 12).