Jackrabbits prepare for Hobo Day
Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. The game will be televised regionally on Midco Sports Net, with additional video coverage online at ESPN3.com.
The Jackrabbits enter the matchup with a 5-2 overall record and 3-1 mark in league play. SDSU dropped out of both the national rankings and sole possession of first place in the league standings with a 27-6 setback Oct. 20 at Northern Iowa.
Youngstown State, meanwhile, will attempt to end a three-game losing streak. After a 4-0 start, the Penguins have lost consecutive league games to North Dakota State, Illinois State and Southern Illinois. However, the Penguins remain ranked in the national polls, checking in at No. 22 in the Sports Network media poll and a tie for 21st in the FCS Coaches' rankings.
THE SERIES: Saturday's game marks the 14th meeting between South Dakota State and Youngstown State, a series that dates back to the 1942 season. The Jackrabbits hold an 8-5 series advantage after winning all four matchups since joining the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2008.
Following are the results from the 13 previous matchups:
1942: Youngstown State 14, South Dakota State 0 (at Brookings)
1968: South Dakota State 23, Youngstown State 20 (at Youngstown, Ohio)
1969: Youngstown State 17, South Dakota State 16 (at Brookings, S.D.)
1972: South Dakota State 34, Youngstown State 22 (at Brookings, S.D.)
1973: South Dakota State 26, Youngstown State 6 (at Youngstown, Ohio)
1974: Youngstown State 35, South Dakota State 21 (at Brookings, S.D.)
1975: South Dakota State 38, Youngstown State 21 (at Youngstown, Ohio)
1979: Youngstown State 50, South Dakota State 7 (Division II playoff game at Youngstown, Ohio)
2007: Youngstown State 23, South Dakota State 17 (at Youngstown, Ohio)
2008: South Dakota State 40, Youngstown State 7 (at Brookings, S.D.)
2009: South Dakota State 17, Youngstown State 3 (at Youngstown, Ohio)
2010: South Dakota State 30, Youngstown State 20 (at Brookings, S.D.)
2011: South Dakota State 35, Youngstown State 28 (at Youngstown, Ohio)
ONLINE COVERAGE: Audio coverage of Saturday's game is scheduled to be available via the Jackrabbit Extra subscription service at GoJacks.com, the official website of SDSU athletics. Monthly subscriptions for the Jackrabbit Extra, which includes live audio of all games and video streaming of select games are available for $11.95 per month or $99.95 for a year of service.
Please note that due to contract obligations with the Missouri Valley Football Conference, there will be no video streaming of Saturday's game on the Jackrabbit Extra. The game can be viewed online exclusively at ESPN3.com.
Local radio coverage Saturday begins at 1 p.m. Central Time on the Jackrabbit Sports Network. Tyler Merriam will call the play-by-play, with former Jackrabbit player Mike Struck providing color commentary and Scotty Kwas providing sideline updates. Yankton-based WNAX 570 AM will again serve as the flagship station of the Jackrabbit Sports Network, which includes the following affiliates:
• KJJQ 910 AM-Brookings
• KBFS 1450 AM-Belle Fourche
• KMSD 1510 AM-Milbank
• KORN 1490 AM-Mitchell
• KOLY 1300 AM-Mobridge
• KGFX 1060 AM-Pierre
• KSDR 1480 AM-Watertown
STREAKS END: South Dakota State had a pair of long winning streaks end in its 27-6 loss last week at Northern Iowa.
The Jackrabbits had run their winning streak against Football Championship Subdivision opponents to eight games - the best run again FCS opponents since moving up from NCAA Division II at the start of the 2004 season.
SDSU also had won six consecutive Missouri Valley Football Conference contests dating back to 2011.
In addition, the Jackrabbits dropped out of the national rankings after their loss at UNI. SDSU had been ranked in the Sports Network media poll for four weeks, climbing as high as No. 20 for two weeks.
SDSU, however, does rank 13th in this week's FCS Gridiron Power Index.
VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS: South Dakota State will be facing a ranked opponent for the second time this season, when it hosts Youngstown State on Saturday. The Jackrabbits recorded a 24-10 at then-No. 22/25 Indiana State on Sept. 22 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener.
Playing a ranked opponent is nothing new for the Jackrabbit football team, which has taken on some of the nation's elite Football Championship Subdivision programs since moving up from Division I at the start of the 2004 season.
In its eight-plus seasons at the FCS level, SDSU has played 38 games against ranked FCS opponents and compiled a 12-26 overall record.
100 YEARS OF HOBO DAY: Hobo Day, South Dakota State University's annual homecoming celebration, is celebrating its centennial in 2012. Saturday's game is the 99th Hobo Day game as no game was played in 1918 due to World War I and the 1943 game was played between two Army special training teams.
Overall, SDSU is 58-35-5 on Hobo Day. Last season, the Jackrabbits defeated Southern Illinois, 45-34, on Nov. 5, 2011. SDSU has won 13 of its last 16 Hobo Day games and holds a 30-20 record in Hobo Day games played at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. Since moving to The Division I Football Championship Subdivision in 2004, every Hobo Day game has drawn a crowd of at least 12,000.
SDSU faced Youngstown on Hobo Day two years ago, posting a 30-20 victory before a crowd of 14,697 on Oct. 23, 2010.
CAPTAINS: Leading the Jackrabbit football team on the field and in the locker room are five captains:
• Seth Daughters, Sr., tight end, Winner, S.D.;
• Bo Helm, Sr., defensive back, Childress, Texas;
• Ross Shafrath, Sr., linebacker, Hampton, Iowa;
• Austin Sumner, So., quarterback, Brandon, S.D.;
• Winston Wright, Jr., defensive back, Lee's Summit, Mo.
The Jackrabbits broke from tradition this season by naming two non-senior players - Sumner and Wright - as captains. Previously, all team captains were selected from the senior class.
VALLEY PREVIEW: South Dakota State has been picked to finish sixth in the 2012 Missouri Valley Football Conference Preseason Poll, which was announced in early August.
Defending national champion North Dakota State gained the top spot, receiving 37 of 38 first-place votes in the poll conducted by league coaches, sports information directors and select media. Northern Iowa, which tied NDSU for the league regular season title a year ago, finished second in the poll, followed by Youngstown State and Illinois State.
Indiana State rounded out the top half of the poll, with SDSU taking sixth. Southern Illinois, South Dakota, Western Illinois and Missouri State completed the poll.
Individually, three Jackrabbit players were recognized on the 2012 Missouri Valley Football Preseason Team. Offensively, senior wide receiver Aaron Rollin and tackle Bryan Witzmann were honored along with defensive back Winston Wright.
Rollin, an honorable mention all-league performer last season, tied for the team lead with 61 receptions last season. The Lee's Summit, Mo., native also gained 906 yards through the air and reccorded a team-best seven touchdowns in 2011.
Witzmann, a junior from Houlton, Wis., also earned honorable mention all-MVFC honors in 2011. He has started all 22 games at left tackle over the last two seasons.
Wright, a junior from Lee's Summit, Mo., was a second-team all-MVFC selection in 2011 after recording a team-best three interceptions from his cornerback position. Wright also notched 57 tackles and a team-best seven pass breakups.
Also recognized on the preseason team was honorable mention selection Andy Mink on the defensive line. A native of Ashland, Neb., Mink racked up 75 tackles, including team-best totals of 8.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in 2011.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: South Dakota State has racked up a number of Missouri Valley Football Conference player of the week awards during its current four-game winning streak.
Senior linebacker Ross Shafrath was the latest Jackrabbit award winner, earning MVFC Defensive Player of the Week recognition after recording a team-high 12 tackles and intercepting a pair of passes as South Dakota State defeated Missouri State, 17-7, on Sept. 29. Named the Outstanding Player of the 46th Annual Beef Bowl, Shafrath also broke up a pass. His two interceptions were half of the four Jackrabbit picks on the day.
Redshirt freshman linebacker linebacker T.J. Lally Lally was named as both the MVFC Defensive Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week for his performance in the Jackrabbits' league-opening win over 22nd-ranked Indiana State on Sept. 22. The Chicago native recorded 10 tackles, including a half-tackle for loss, and added an interception and two more pass breakups in the win over the Sycamores. For the game, SDSU held Indiana State to 23 net yards rushing on 25 attempts. The Jackrabbits limited Walter Payton Award candidate Shakir Bell to 54 yards on 18 carries and, other than on a fake punt, did not allow a rushing play of more than five yards.
Lally previously earned MVFC Newcomer of the Week and Sports Network National Freshman of the Week recognition after tallying four sacks in a Sept. 15 home victory over UC Davis. Sophomore punter Ethan Sawyer was named MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts against UC Davis.
In addition, running back Zach Zenner was named MVFC Offensive Player of the Week and Will Castle received MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week recognition for their performances in the Sept. 8 win at Southeastern Louisiana.
SCOUTING YOUNGSTOWN STATE: The Youngstown State football team will
attempt to end October on a high note as it travels to South Dakota State.
The Penguins got off to a fast start in 2012, posting a 4-0 record in September that
included a 31-17 win at Football Bowl Subdivision opponent Pittsburgh (Pa.) in the season opener. The Penguins climbed to as high as No. 3 in the national rankings before falling 48-7 at then-top-ranked North Dakota State on Oct. 6.
The loss in Fargo marked the beginning of YSU's current three-game losing streak
Offensively, the balanced Penguin attack features two players who have been considered for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision. Senior tailback Jamaine Cook has gained 759 yards this season as he closes in on his third consecutive 1,000-yard season and 4,000 yards for his career.
Junior quarterback Kurt Hess has completed 62.7 percent (106-of-169) of his passes for 1,314 yards. Hess has thrown 10 touchdowns as opposed to four interceptions.
Hess has thrown to a variety of receivers as 13 different Youngstown State players have caught a pass in 2012. Six different Penguins have tallied double figures in receptions, led by Will Shaw. The senior tight end has caught 19 passes for 253 yards and a team-best four touchdowns.
Andre Stubbs and Christian Bryan are tied for second on the team with 18 receptions. A redshirt freshman, Stubbs has been one of the top all-purpose players in the Missouri Valley Football Conference this season, averaging 132.3 yards per game. He is averaging 22.2 yards per kickoff return, has gained more than 100 yards on the ground and also has returned punts.
Cook has added 13 catches for 96 yards out of the backfield for YSU.
Defensively, the Penguins have given up an average of 39 points per game in their four league contests. YSU has forced only six turnovers all season. Strong safety Jeremey Edwards has the team's lone interception and also has two fumble recoveries.
Linebacker Travis Williams leads the team with 40 total tackles, including a team-best 5.5 tackles for loss.
Edwards ranks second on the team with 38 tackles, while defensive tackle Aronde Stanton has anchored the interior of the defensive line with 24 total tackles, five tackles for loss and a sack.
Youngstown State kicker David Brown is 3-for-3 on field goals, but has not attempted a field goal longer than 27 yards. The Penguins have yet to attempt a field goal in conference play.
Punter Nick Liste has averaged 41.2 yards per punt attempt and also has recorded 12 touchbacks on kickoffs this season.
ZENNER ON PAYTON WATCH LIST: South Dakota State University running back Zach Zenner has been officially added to the Walter Payton Award Watch List.
The Walter Payton Award, presented by The Sports Network, and in its 26th year, is presented to the outstanding player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
A sophomore from Eagan, Minn., Zenner leads the Football Championship Subdivision in rushing with 1,360 yards through seven games - an average of of 194.3 yards per game. Second in total rushing yards among all players in NCAA Football this season, Zenner is only the third back in Missouri Valley Football Conference history to reach the 1,000-yard mark in five games.
The Payton Award will be voted on by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season on Nov. 19. The top three vote-getters will be invited to the FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation on Dec. 17 in Philadelphia.
Zenner set career highs with 23 carries and 183 rushing yards in the Jackrabbits' 2012 season-opening loss at Kansas on Sept. 1. He opened the scoring with a 99-yard touchdown run - the longest offensive play from scrimmage in program history, surpassing Mike Lunde's 95-yard run against North Dakota in 1976. Zenner also caught four passes for 27 yards, giving him 210 all-purpose yards in the contest.
He followed that performance by again establishing career highs with 34 carries for 278 yards at Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 8. Zenner scored on a 35-yard touchdown run in the third quarter at Southeastern Louisiana, then added a pair of touchdowns - including the game-winning 23-yard score - en route to 197 yards Sept. 15 versus UC Davis as he crossed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career.
Zenner tallied runs of 57 and 87 yards Sept. 22 at Indiana State en route to 237 yards on 29 carries, then turned in a 30-carry, 182-yard performance Sept. 29 against Missouri State that included an 88-yard touchdown run.
On Oct. 13 versus Western Illinois, Zenner scored on runs of 46 and 60 yards en route to 171 yards on a season-low 19 carries. Last week, he managed to top the 100-yard mark for the seventh consecutive game, althoug he was held to a season-low 112-yards on 20 carries.
Six of Zenner's single-game performances rank in the top 45 among FCS players in 2012, with his 278-yard outing at Southeastern Louisiana ranking third. His 237-yard performance at Indiana State ranks ninth. For the season, Zenner is averaging 7.7 yards per carry.
As a kick returner and running back during his redshirt freshman season, Zenner ranked third in the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2011 with an average of 123.1 all-purpose yards per game, earning him a spot on the league's all-newcomer team.
LALLY RECEIVES RICE ATTENTION: For the second year in a row, the South Dakota State University football team has a player under consideration for the Jerry Rice Award, which is presented to the top freshman player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Earlier this month, linebacker T.J. Lally was officially named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List following his strong start to the 2012 season.
A redshirt freshman from Chicago, Lally ranks second on the nationally ranked Jackrabbits for tackles with 57 and ranks in a tie for second on the team lead with four sacks. He has twice been named Missouri Valley Football Conference Newcomer of the Week and also was named MVFC Defensive Player of the Week following the Jackrabbits' conference-opening win at Indiana State on Sept. 22. Lally also has intercepted a pass, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in 2012.
Lally is one of four Missouri Valley Football Conference players on the season's initial watch list. Missouri State running back Ryan Heaston, Northern Iowa quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen and Western Illinois linebacker J.J. Raffelson also are being considered for the Jerry Rice Award, which is named for the legendary wide receiver, who played in the FCS (then Division I-AA) at Mississippi Valley State.
The award will be voted on by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries following the regular season. The list will grow to 20 finalists by then, with the award to be presented Dec. 17 in Philadelphia.
During the 2011 season, Jackrabbit quarterback Austin Sumner placed third in the balloting for the inaugural Jerry Rice Award.
SUMNER AT THE HELM: South Dakota State University quarterback Austin Sumner will attempt to build off an impressive freshman season a year ago.
Although not expected to play in the Sept. 1 season opener at Kansas due to an injury suffered in practice the previous week, Sumner entered the game in the third quarter and led the Jackrabbits on two scoring drives, including throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass to Tyrel Kool early in the fourth quarter. Sumner finished the game 14-of-31 passing for 175 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted four times. He followed with a two-touchdown performance at Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 8.
A native of Brandon, S.D., Sumner started the final eight games of the 2011 season, leading the Jackrabbits to a 4-4 record and setting the Missouri Valley Football Conference freshman record with 2,382 yards passing. Sumner, who finished third in the voting for the inaugural Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision, also tied a Jackrabbit single-game record with 37 completions versus nationally ranked Northern Iowa on Oct. 15, 2011.
Sumner topped the 300-yard mark five times in 2011, including throwing for a career-best 377 yards in a double-overtime win over Missouri State.
TRIPLE THREAT: South Dakota State's Tyrel Kool has shifted all around the field during his Jackrabbit career and will see action both in the backfield and at wide receiver in 2012.
A senior from Yankton, Kool began his collegiate career as a running back and kick returner, but switched to wide receiver during the 2010 season, when he led the team with 64 receptions for 808 yards. His receptions total is fifth-most in a season by a Jackrabbit player, while his receiving yards mark stood 10th in a single season as he earned honorable mention all-Missouri Valley Football Conference recognition.
In 2011, Kool moved back to running back and led the team with 534 yards rushing. He made the most of his first career start at running back, racking up 107 yards on the ground and another 79 through the air in the Jackrabbits' 2011 season opener against Southern Utah.
Kool started at wide receiver in the Sept 1 season opener at Kansas and recorded a team-high eight receptions for 76 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter. He stands at 111 career receptions entering Saturday's game - five away from moving into top-10 status on the SDSU career charts.
In the Oct. 13 game against Western Illinois, Kool returned the opening kickoff 100 yards untouched for a touchdown. It tied the longest kick return in school history and was the first kick return for touchdown by a Jackrabbit player since October 2007.
Additionally, Kool saw time at defensive back late in the 2009. He recorded 10 total tackles, including three in the Jackrabbits' playoff game at Montana.
ROLLIN RETURNS: Senior wide receiver Aaron Rollin rejoined the Jackrabbit lineup Sept. 22 at Indiana State after being injured in the Sept. 8 game at Southeastern Louisiana.
A native of Lee's Summit, Mo., Rollin is poised to enter the Jackrabbit career top 10 in a pair of receiving categories during the 2012 season. He recorded 96 receptions for 1,311 yards in his first three seasons with the Jackrabbits, but has been held to 16 receptions for 182 yards thus far in 2012. Rollin, who recorded season highs of six catches and 73 receiving yards Oct. 13 against Western Illinois, stands four catches away from cracking the SDSU careeer top 10 and 165 receiving yards shy of top-10 status.
Rollin put together a breakthrough 2011 campaign, leading the team with seven touchdowns while sharing the team lead with 61 receptions. He teamed with Dale Moss to give SDSU one of the top receiving tandems in the nation as both receivers topped the 900-yard mark.
Rollin was held without a catch in the 2012 season opener at Kansas, ending his streak of consecutive games with a reception at 21, dating back to the 2009 season.
SHAFRATH STICKING OPPONENTS: Senior linebacker Ross Shafrath led the team in tackles each of the first six games of the season and has a team-best total of 76.
Shafrath opened 2012 with a career-high 16 tackles Sept. 1 at Kansas. His total was the most by a Jackrabbit player since linebacker Mike Lien notched 18 tackles in a 2010 game at North Dakota State. He then notched eight stops in the Sept. 8 win over Southeastern Louisiana and shared team-high honors with 10 stops versus UC Davis on Sept. 15. He again led the squad with 11 tackles in the Jackrabbits' league-opening win at Indiana State on Sept. 22, followed by a 12-tackle, two-interception performance Sept. 29 versus Missouri State en route to being named Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Shafrath has tallied double digits in tackles in seven of the last 10 games dating back to last season, including 12 in the Oct. 13 game against Western Illinois.
A senior from Hampton, Iowa, Shafrath ranked fourth on the team in 2011 with 66 tackles despite being a part-time starter. His previous career high was 13 tackles at Missouri State on Oct. 29, 2011.
STOUT DEFENSE: The Jackrabbit defense has been a resurgent unit in 2012,
currently ranking in the top 20 of five different categories among Football Championship Subdivision programs:
• Pass Efficiency Defense, fourth, 95.41;
• Scoring Defense, fifth, 15.29 points per game;
• Total Defense, 11th, 301.86 yards per game;
• Sacks, 14th, 2.86 per game;
• Rushing Defense, 20th, 114.71 yards per game.
During its recent five-game winning streak, the Jackrabbit defense did not allowed more than one offensive touchdown in any game. Three of the opposition's six touchdowns in that span came either on an interception or fumble return.
MANY HAPPY RETURNS: The Jackrabbit kickoff return unit has helped the team win the field position battle throughout the 2012 season. Entering play this week, SDSU ranked fifth among FCS programs with an average kickoff return of 26.75 yards.
Five different players have returned kicks this season, including Tyrel Kool, who ran back the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown Oct. 13 against Western Illinois. Trevor Tiefenthaler has added an average of 26.8 yards on nine returns, including a long of 46 yards.
BIG PLAYS: South Dakota State has patched together a number of big plays during the 2012 season. In all, the Jackrabbits have totaled 10 plays from scrimmage and a pair of kickoffs of more than 40 yards. Six of Zach Zenner's have covered at least 42 yards, with his eight touchdowns covering a total of 469 yards, an average of 58.6.
• Zach Zenner 99-yard run (for TD), at Kansas, 9-1-12
• Zenner 42-yard run, at Southeastern Louisiana, 9-8-12
• Zenner 61-yard run (for TD), vs. UC Davis, 9-15-12
• Zenner 57-yard run (for TD), at Indiana State, 9-22-12
• Zenner 87-yard run, at Indiana State, 9-22-12
• Zenner 88-yard run (for TD), vs. Missouri State, 9-29-12
• Zenner 46-yard run (for TD), vs. Western Illinois, 10-13-12
• Zenner 60-yard run (for TD), vs. Western Illinois, 10-13-12
• Brandon Hubert 42-yard reception from Austin Sumner, at Kansas, 9-1-12
• Jason Schneider 46-yard reception (for TD) from Sumner, at Southeastern Louisiana, 9-8-12
Kickoff Returns (2)
• Trevor Tiefenthaler, 46-yard return, at Southeastern Louisiana, 9-8-12
• Tyrel Kool, 100-yard return (for TD), vs. Western Illinois, 10-13-12
Conversely, the Jackrabbit defense has given up only three plays of 40 or more yards this season - two of which came in the Sept. 1 season opener at Kansas. The first was a 43-yard pass from Dayne Crist to Kale Pick on the opening play of the game, followed by a 47-yard run by Tony Pierson.
THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: The Jackrabbit football team received valuable contributions from brothers Winston and Dom Wright during the 2011 season.
Natives of Lee's Summit, Mo., and Blue Springs South High School, both joined the SDSU football program in the fall of 2010. A junior, Winston Wright started all 11 games at cornerback last season en route to earning second-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors. He led the team with three interceptions to go along with 57 tackles. He began his colllegiate career at Missouri, redshirting during the 2009 season.
Dom Wright is a sophomore wide receiver who saw most of his action as a kick and punt returner. In nine games last season, he averaged 15.6 yards on 10 kickoff returns to rank second on the squad. This season, he has returned six punts for 50 yards (8.3 yards per return), including a career-long 39-yard return Sept. 8 at Southeastern Louisiana.
COACH STIG: John Stiegelmeier has built the South Dakota State University football team into a consistent winner in the ranks of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.
Overall, Coach Stig has led the Jackrabbits to a 98-74 record (.570 winning percentage). SDSU has posted eight winning seasons in the last 10 years, including six of the school's first eight campaigns at the FCS (formerly Division I-AA) level. The Jackrabbits have had a winning record in 11 of Stiegelmeier's 15 full years as head coach, and have a 24-12 record (.667 winning percentage) in Missouri Valley Football Conference games.
WORKING OVERTIME: SDSU's 43-36 double-overtime victory at Missouri State last season ended a four-game losing streak in overtime games for the Jackrabbits.
Overall, SDSU is 2-4 in overtime games, with both home contests played on Hobo Day. The Jackrabbits won their inaugural overtime game, 30-27 in two overtimes against Nebraska-Omaha in the 1998 Hobo Day game, then dropped a 46-44, triple-overtime decision to McNeese State (La.) in the 2008 Hobo Day game.
Following is a complete list of SDSU's overtime games:
1998: SDSU 30, Nebraska-Omaha 27 (2 OT - at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium)
2002: Augustana 39, SDSU 33 (3 OT - at Sioux Falls)
2004: Southern Utah 23, SDSU 17 (2 OT - at Cedar City, Utah)
2007: Western Illinois 29, SDSU 26 (4 OT - at Macomb, Ill.)
2008: McNeese State 46, SDSU 44 (3 OT - at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium)
2011: SDSU 43, Missouri State 36 (2 OT - at Springfield, Mo.)
JACKRABBIT INSIDER: Throughout the 2012 football season, head coach John Stiegelmeier will be a guest on the "Jackrabbit Insider," a weekly behind-the-scenes look at South Dakota State University athletics.
The half-hour television show which features interviews with Jackrabbit coaches and student-athletes, airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. on Sioux Falls-based KTTW FOX 7. The show is also broadcast on FOX Sports North at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and on FOX College Sports Central at select times (check listings). Online, the show can be viewed at GoJacks.com.
STIG SHOW: The John Stiegelmeier Radio Show airs each Monday throughout the 2012 football season.
The show is scheduled to air at 5 p.m. on the Jackrabbit Sports Network, originating with flagship station WNAX 570 AM in Yankton. In addition, the weekly show also will be streamed online at GoJacks.com as part of the Jackrabbit Extra subscription service.
Hosted by Tyler Merriam, the John Stiegelmeier Radio Show will also feature interviews with Jackrabbit student-athletes and assistant coaches. Jackrabbit fans are encouraged to attend the show in person at Cubby's Sports Bar and Grill, 307 Main Ave., in downtown Brookings.
A LOOK AHEAD: The Jackrabbits return to road action for another key Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup at Southern Illinois.
Kickoff for the game is set for 2 p.m. at Saluki Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.