SD Mines names a starting quarterback for the 2019 season

RAPID CITY, S. D. –  The South Dakota School of Mines football team has several veteran players returning on defense this season.

But on the offensive side of the ball, that’s a different story.

The School of Mines rode the arm of quarterback Jake Sullivan for the past few years.

In fact, Sullivan left the Hardrockers with 17 school records.

Along with Sullivan, the hardrockers also have to replace wide receiver Isaiah Manley and running back Connor Silveria.

Head coach Zach Tinker has been busy over the last four weeks trying to find the next quarterback for the School of Mines.

“We had five guys all wanting to be the starting quarterback,” SD Mines head football coach Zach Tinker said. “They prepared that way. They put in the work to be that. Right now, I feel confident. We have three guys I feel can win an RMAC game right now. By the end of the season, we might be able to get those other two guys, as well. We’ll start Spencer Zur on Saturday. He’s ready to go. This is his third year in the program and he’s ready.”

South Dakota Mines finished 4-6 in the RMAC conference last year and 5-6 overall.

The Hardrockers open the new season On Saturday, Sept. 7 at home against Colorado Mesa University at 1 p.m.

The Mavericks were ranked fourth in the preseason poll, while the Hardrockers were ranked sixth.

“It’s just going to be our job to play better than they do on Saturday,” Tinker said. “We don’t have to be perfect to beat them. We have to play as well as we can play. It’s going to be that first game so there’s a little bit of that stuff that’s all over the place where you see some things and think, what was that. But that’s part of the first game jitters. Get through that. They’ll make some mistakes too and then we’ll come back. Our expectation is we’re going to be in it in the fourth quarter and our expectation is we’re going to be ready to close it.”

Meanwhile, the Black Hills State football team will open the 2019 season on Saturday by hosting the Chadron State Eagles.

The Yellow Jackets lost to the Eagles in their season opener last year, 45-8.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 6 p.m. at Lyle Hare Stadium in Spearfish.

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