Jackrabbits move on to Eastern Washington
South Dakota State continues its Football Championship Subdivision playoff run Saturday afternoon, traveling to No. 3 national seed Eastern Washington.
Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. Pacific Time (3:05 p.m. Central) at Roos Field on the EWU campus in Cheney, Wash.
The Jackrabbits, who will be facing a Big Sky Conference opponent in playoff action for the second time in as many weeks, enter the matchup with a 9-4 overall record. SDSU has won its last five games, including a 26-7 victory at Northern Arizona in first-round action on Nov. 30.
Eastern Washington, meanwhile, received a first-round playoff bye after compiling a 10-2 record during the regular season, including an 8-0 mark in Big Sky play to win the league’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. The Eagles, who won an FCS national title in 2010, are making their second consecutive playoff appearance and seventh in the last 10 years. Overall, EWU is in the FCS playoffs for the 10th time.
South Dakota State and Easter Washington are two of eight programs to qualify for the FCS playoffs each of the past two seasons.
THE SERIES: Saturday’s game will mark the first-ever meeting between South Dakota State and Eastern Washington on the gridiron.
The Jackrabbits have compiled a 3-4 record against Big Sky opponents since moving to the Football Championship Subdivision in 2004. SDSU lost its first four games to Big Sky opposition — all to either Montana (0-3) or Montana State (0-1) — but has reeled off three consecutive victories since the start of the 2012 campaign, including last week’s 26-7 first-round playoff victory at Northern Arizona.
PLAYOFF HISTORY: South Dakota State is making its third appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and holds a 2-2 record in Division I postseason games. The Jackrabbits have received an at-large bid in all three of their playoff appearances, starting in 2009.
Following are the Jackrabbits’ FCS playoff results:
2009: Montana 61, South Dakota State 48 (Nov. 28, 2009, at Missoula, Mont.)
2012: South Dakota State 58, Eastern Illinois 10 (Nov. 24, 2012, at Brookings, S.D.
North Dakota State 28, South Dakota State 3 (Dec. 1, 2012, at Fargo, N.D.)
2013: South Dakota State 26, Northern Arizona 7 (Nov. 30, 2013, at Flagstaff, Ariz.)
In addition, South Dakota State qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs in 1979, falling 50-7 at Youngstown State in opening-round action.
RABBITS RANKED: The South Dakota State University football team entered the 2013 season with its highest national ranking as a member of the Football Championship Subdivison by holding down the sixth spot in The Sports Network Preseason Top 25.
SDSU, coached by John Stiegelmeier, also was ranked seventh in the FCS Coaches Preseason Poll. The Jackrabbits also were ranked fourth by Lindy’s College Football, ninth by College Sporting News and 10th by Athlon College Football.
Despite a three-game losing streak from late September through early October, the Jackrabbits have remained in both national polls throughout the season. In the polls leading into the FCS playoffs, SDSU moved up three spots to 13th in the Sports Network media poll and gained four spots to 13th in the FCS Coaches’ poll.
The Jackrabbits return 15 starters to a squad that advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs. SDSU’s previous high national ranking in either of the most-recognized polls was a ninth-place showing in 2010 preseason polls by both The Sports Network and FCS Coaches, following the Jackrabbits’ inaugural berth in the FCS playoffs in 2009.
Two-time defending national champion and Missouri Valley Football Conference rival North Dakota State held on to the top spot in both polls this week.
VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS: South Dakota State will be facing a ranked opponent for the fifth time this season, when it travels to Eastern Washington on Saturday.
The Jackrabbits are 3-1 against ranked foes this season, with all three victories part of their current five-game winning streak. SDSU’s first win over a ranked opponent this year came on Oct. 26, when the Jackrabbits recorded a 37-34, double-overtime victory over No. 17/18 Northern Iowa.
The Jackrabbits’ other two wins over ranked opponents have come in the last two weeks. SDSU closed the regular season with a convincing 42-13 victory at Youngstown State on Nov. 23, followed by a 26-7 win at Northern Arizona on Nov. 30 to open postseason play.
SDSU’s loss came against top-ranked North Dakota State, 20-0, on Sept. 28.
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 10 seasons at the FCS level, SDSU has played 46 games against ranked FCS opponents, going 17-29.
MEDIA COVERAGE: Free audio coverage of Saturday’s game is scheduled to be available via the Jackrabbit Extra at GoJacks.com, the official website of SDSU athletics.
Local radio coverage Saturday begins at 2 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
• KJOE 106.1 FM-Pipestone, Minn.
• KORN 1490 AM-Mitchell
• KOLY 1300 AM-Mobridge
• KGFX 1060 AM-Pierre
• KDSJ 980 AM-Deadwood
• KSDR 1480 AM-Watertown
Video coverage will be available at ESPN3.com, with the television broadcast also part of the ESPN GamePlan subscription package (check with satellite/cable provider for availability).
CAPTAINS: Leading the Jackrabbit football team on the field and in the locker room are four captains:
• Brandon Hubert, Sr., wide receiver, Gretna, Neb.;
• Austin Sumner, Jr., quarterback, Brandon, S.D.;
• Winston Wright, Sr., defensive back, Lee’s Summit, Mo.;
• Zach Zenner, Jr., running back, Eagan, Minn.
The Jackrabbits broke from tradition last season by naming non-senior players as captains. Previously, all team captains were selected from the senior class. Sumner and Wright are two-year captains.
SCOUTING EASTERN WASHINGTON: Eastern Washington has returned to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs on the strength of one of the most explosive offenses in the nation.
The Eagles, led by sophomore quarterback Vernon Adams, rank fourth among FCS teams with an average of 531.1 yards of total offense per game. EWU leads the nation in passing efficiency at 185.25, third in passing offense with an average of 359.3 yards per game and eighth in scoring offense with an average of 40.4 points per contest.
Adams, one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award, ranks in the top three among FCS players in seven different categories, including leading the nation in pass efficiency (185.7) and total offense (379.2 yards per game). He also ranks second in the FCS with 46 touchdown passes — against only 12 interceptions — and third in passing yards with 4,059 — an average of 338.3 yards per game.
The Eagles’ wide receiving corps has been led by Cooper Kupp, who has caught a touchdown pass in all 12 games while recording 77 receptions for an FCS freshman-record 1,378 yards. His 18 touchdown receptions this season are one away from tying Randy Moss’ freshman record, which was set in 1996 at Marshall (W. Va.).
Ashton Clark has contributed 63 receptions for 914 yards and nine touchdowns, with Shaquille Hill adding 35 receptions for 761 yards and nine touchdowns. Cory Mitchell ranks third on the squad with 40 receptions for 540 yards and a score. Hill has served as the primary kick returner, averaging 23.3 yards on 21 attempts.
EWU’s running game is paced by junior Quincy Forte, who has gained 739 yards and scored seven times, while averaging 6.2 yards per carry. Adams has picked up 491 yards on the gournd and scored four times.
Defensively, senior linebacker Ronnie Hamlin leads the Eagles with 101 tackles, while also contributing four tackles for loss and two interceptions.
Defensive back T.J. Lee, a three-time all-Big Sky Conference selection, ranks second on the team with 89 tackles. Lee has tallied a team-best nine pass breakups, along with an interception and four forced fumbles.
SUMNER SETS RECORDS: Jackrabbit quarterback Austin Sumner has rewritten the Jackrabbit record book in a number of career categories during the 2013 season.
A junior, Sumner has vaulted in the top spot for career passing yards with 7,509 entering play Saturday. With a 276-yard performance Oct. 5 against Southern Illinois, Sumner moved past both Ted Wahl (6,016 yards from 1985-88) and Ryan Berry (6,023 yards from 2005-08) for the all-time lead. Sumner began the season in eighth place for career passing yards and has totaled 2,684 yards — fourth on SDSU’s single-season charts — through 13 games this season. He now holds three of the top 10 single-season passing totals in program history.
Sumner’s 1,045 career pass attempts have surpassed the previous record of 834 set by Berry, and his 605 completions also have passed Berry’s previous career mark of 514. Sumner also stands second in career touchdown passes at SDSU with 49, after breaking a tie with Brad Nelson (47 touchdown passes from 2001-04) in the Nov. 23 game at Youngstown State. Berry is the all-time leader with 55.
Sumner has played in 36 career games and made 33 starts, holding a 22-11 record as the team’s top signal-caller. During his first season, he set a Missouri Valley Football Conference freshman record with 2,382 yards passing en route to being named a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award as the top first-year player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Despite playing through injury in 2012, Sumner helped lead the Jackrabbits to an FCS playoff berth with 2,443 passing yards.
The Brandon native recorded his seventh career 300-yard passing game in the 2013 season opener against Butler (Ind.), ending the night 22-of-32 for 326 yards and three touchdowns.
ZENNER ON PAYTON WATCH LIST: South Dakota State University running back Zach Zenner was once again in the running for the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision, finishing sixth in the recently completed balloting for the 2013 award.
A junior from Eagan, Minn., Zenner placed seventh in the 2012 balloting after being named a consensus All-American.
Zenner led the nation in rushing during the 2012 season, racking up 2,044 yards in 13 games for an average of 157.2 yards per contest. He crossed the 100-yard mark in nine games and topped 200 yards three times, including a school-record 295 yards in the opening round of the FCS playoffs Nov. 24 versus Eastern Illinois.
For the season, Zenner averaged 6.8 yards per carry and scored 13 touchdowns on the ground, while adding 28 receptions for 197 yards.
Zenner again leads the FCS in rushing with 1,944 total rushing yards, while his average of 149.5 yards per game ranks second. His 22 rushing touchdowns are fourth among FCS players and his 24 total touchdowns (2 receiving) put him in fourth place for scoring with an average of 11.1 points per game. Zenner also ranks sixth in all-purpose yards with an average of 168.9 yards per game as he has added 21 receptions for 251 yards.
He has topped the 100-yard mark in 12 of 13 games this season, including tying his own school record with 295 yards — on a career-high 37 carries — Sept. 7 at North Dakota, a rushing total that is the most in a single game by an FCS player this season. Zenner was selected as National Offensive Player of the Week by the Sports Network and earned both National Performer of the Week and National Running Back of the Week accolades from College Football Performance Awards. He also was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
For his career, Zenner has crossed the 100-yard barrier 20 times and topped the 200-yard mark six times, including a 21-carry, 202-yard performance Sept. 21 at Nebraska, when he was again named MVFC Offensive Player of the Week. He enters the weekend second in career rushing at South Dakota State with 4,458 yards following a 30-carry, 249-yard outing against Northern Arizona in playoff action Nov. 30.
Zenner, who has four rushing touchdowns of at least 40 yards this season, including a season-long 87-yarder last week, has had a penchant for long runs. His 13 rushing touchdowns in 2012 covered an average of 42.8 yards, including a school-record 99-yarder at Kansas in the season opener. So far in 2013, Zenner has averaged 21.5 yards on his 22 touchdown runs.
IRON MAN: Senior offensive tackle Bryan Witzmann is expected to make his 49th consecutive start in Saturday’s FCS playoff game at Eastern Washington.
A native of Houlton, Wis., Witzmann has started every game for the Jackrabbits during his four-year career. His streak of consecutive starts is an SDSU record.
Witzmann is a two-time first-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honoree (2012, 2013) who went on to earn All-America honors from the Sports Network (first team) and Associated Press (second team) last season.
KILGORE WAS HERE: Linebacker R.C. Kilgore ranks among the nation’s leaders in tackles during a strong senior season.
A native of Cottage Grove, Minn., Kilgore was credited with 10 tackles in the Sept. 14 Beef Bowl victory over Southeastern Louisiana, then registered 15 tackles Sept. 21 at Nebraska. He followed those performances with 17 tackles Sept 28. against North Dakota State. Kilgore reached double figures in tackles for the sixth time this season with 15 Oct. 26 against Northern Iowa and comes into Saturday’s game with a team- and league-best 122 tackles. His average of 9.4 tackles per game ranks 35th nationally.
Kilgore also holds the team lead with seven takeaways this season. He recovered a pair of fumbles Sept. 21 at Nebraska and notched his fifth fumble recovery of the season Nov. 30 at Northern Arizona. He also recorded his first career interception Sept. 7 at North Dakota, and added a pickoff Nov. 23 at Youngstown State
LALLY AT LINEBACKER: For the second year in a row, the South Dakota State University football team had a player under consideration for the Jerry Rice Award, which is presented to the top freshman player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Linebacker T.J. Lally was named one of 20 finalists for the 2012 Jerry Rice Award following a stellar season in which he ranked second on the team with 107 tackles, shared the team lead with six sacks and ranked fourth with eight tackles for loss. Lally started all 13 games at middle linebacker and registered double figures for tackles in five games, including a career-high 11 in a playoff loss at North Dakota State.
A member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team in 2012, Lally was one of three league players to be named a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award.
In 2013, Lally was credited with a season-high 10 tackles in the Sept. 14 win over Southeastern Louisiana, recording double figures in stops for the sixth time in his career. In the FCS playoff victory over Northern Arizona last week, Lally shared team-high honors with six tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack. His second tackle for loss led to a pivotal safety that gave the Jackrabbits a 9-7 lead midway through the third quarter.
SYROVATKA STREAKS END: South Dakota State kicker Justin Syrovatka had his school-record streak of 15 consecutive made field goals end when he missed a 32-yard attempt in the third quarter of the Sept. 21 game at Nebraska.
A junior from Sioux Falls, Syrovatka extended his new Jackrabbit standard to 15 by tying his career long with a 48-yarder in the first quarter at Nebraska. Following his miss, Syrovatka connected on a 29-yard field goal to cap the SDSU scoring in the fourth quarter.
The previous Jackrabbit record for consecutive made field goal attempts was 13, which was set by Parker Douglass between the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
Syrovatka’s streak began on Oct. 11, 2012, in a victory over Western Illinois. He made his last 12 field goal attempts of the 2012 season and first three attempts of the 2013 campaign, going 7-for-7 from 20-29 yards, 3-for-3 on field goals of 30-39 yards and 5-for-5 from 40-plus yards.
Syrovatka’s last miss prior to the Nebraska game also came on a 32-yard attempt Sept. 29, 2012, versus Missouri State. He ended the 2012 season 18-of-22 (81.8 percent) on field goals and is 35-for-50 (70 percent) for his career.
He also had a streak of 47 consecutively made PATs end Nov. 9 against Indiana State. His 33 consecutive PATs to start the season were a Jackrabbit record, surpassing the 29 by Douglass in 2004. For his career, Syrovatka is 102-of-104 on PATs.
SCHNEIDER STEPS UP: After graduating its top two receivers from a year ago, South Dakota State had some question as to who would be the go-to players in the passing game. Junior Jason Schneider emerged as an early candidate in the Aug. 31 season opener against Butler (Ind.), recording career highs with 10 receptions and 167 receiving yards, along with two touchdowns.
A native of Andover, Minn., Schneider’s yardage total was the most since Dale Moss racked up 178 yards in a 2011 game at Missouri State. The last Jackrabbit receiver to notch double figures for receptions in a game was Tyrel Kool with 10 in a 2010 contest at Northern Iowa.
Schneider has been the leading receiver in terms of catches in nine of the Jackrabbits’ 13 games this season, including a seven-catch, 110-yard performance Nov. 9 against Indiana State. For the year, Schneider leads the team with 72 receptions for 1,007 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is leading the Missouri Valley Football Conference in both receptions (5.5 per game) and receiving yards (77.5 yards per game). Schneider ended the regular season by catching a touchdown pass in six consecutive games.
Schneider has moved into second place for single-season receptions at SDSU with 72 and is fourth in single-season receiving yards. He is two catches away from passing Jeff Tiefenthaler (73 receptions in 1986) for the single-season receptions mark, and became the first Jackrabbit receiver to record 1,000 yards in a season during the Division I era in the Jackrabbits’ Nov. 30 FCS playoff victory at Northern Arizona. Schneider is the first Jackrabbit to reach the 1,000-yard mark for receiving since current assistant coach Josh Davis compiled 1,028 yards in 2003.
HUBERT TO THE TOP 10s: Senior wide receiver Brandon Hubert moved into the Jackrabbit career top 10 for receptions last month and gained a spot in the SDSU top 10 for receiving yards Nov. 9 in the game against Indiana State.
A team captain from Gretna, Neb., Hubert enters the weekend with 135 career receptions, good for eighth place on the Jackrabbit all-time charts. Hubert also has tallied 1,733 receiving yards, putting him in 10th place all-time at SDSU. He has caught a pass in 45 of 48 career games.
Earlier this season, Hubert was named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is awarded annually by the National Football Foundation to the top scholar-athlete in college football. Besides being a key member of the Jackrabbit football team, Hubert has excelled in the classroom, compiling a 3.70 grade-point average while majoring in pharmacy.
LIMITING MISTAKES: After being flagged for 10 penalties for 103 yards in the Aug. 31 season opener against Butler (Ind.), the Jackrabbit football team has been among the best in the Football Championship Subdivision in limiting mistakes.
In the 12 games since the opener, SDSU has committed a total of 47 penalties for 430 yards. The Jackrabbits enter the week eighth among FCS programs for fewest penalties with an average of 4.4 per game, while their 41 penalty yards per game rank 10th. SDSU set a season low with 15 penalty yards in a double-overtime win over Northern Iowa on Oct. 26, while matching a season low with only two penalties.
In addition, SDSU stands fourth in the FCS ranks for turnover margin at plus-16 (+1.2 per game). The Jackrabbits have turned the ball over only 16 times this season, while forcing 32 takeaways. SDSU has forced at least one turnover in all 13 games so far in 2013.
THIRD-DOWN SUCCESS: During their current five-game winning streak, the Jackrabbits have been especially efficient on third down, converting 35-of-68 (51.5 percent) of their third-down attempts. In recent road wins over South Dakota and Youngstown State, SDSU converted 8-of-13 and 10-of-13 third-down attempts, respectively.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Jackrabbits have limited opponents to a 34.2 percent (26-of-76) success rate on third down, including a combined 16-of-56 (28.6 percent) the last four weeks. SDSU limited Northern Arizona to 1-of-13 on third-down attempts last week.
THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: The Jackrabbit football team has received valuable contributions from brothers Winston and Dom Wright over the past two seasons.
Natives of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Blue Springs South High School, both joined the SDSU football program in the fall of 2010. A senior, Winston Wright has started all 37 games at cornerback since the start of the 2011 campaign, earning second-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors in 2011 and first-team recognition in 2013. He led the team with three interceptions to go along with 57 tackles in 2011, followed by a 59-tackle, one-interception season in 2012. He began his collegiate career at Missouri, redshirting in 2009.
Dom Wright is a junior wide receiver who has seen most of his action as a kick returner. Last season, he averaged 20.6 yards on 10 kickoff returns and added a 39-yard punt return in limited action.
GOOD WORKS TEAM: South Dakota State University cornerback Winston Wright is one of 22 college football players from across the country named to the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
A senior from Lee’s Summit, Mo., Wright has organized or participated in numerous service activities, including leading two groups of SDSU students to Harmons, Jamaica, and assisting in the building of six homes.
Wright also has participated in shoe donations and sports camps on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Samaritan’s Feet, along with mentoring children and speaking at local schools and churches about making positive decisions.
Wright, who is a three-year starter and two-year captain for the Jackrabbits, is the first SDSU player to be named to the Good Works Team. A record 150 football student-athletes were nominated for this year’s squad.
The 22-player team is made up of 11 players from the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, with the other 11 players from Football Championship Subdivision, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA institutions.
Fans will have the opportunity to vote for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain through ESPN.com. All award recipients will be invited to New Orleans to take part in a community project leading up to the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.
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 111-80 record (.581 winning percentage). SDSU has clinched its eighth winning season in the school’s 10 seasons competing at the FCS (formerly Division I-AA) level, compiling a 67-46 record since moving to the FCS ranks in 2004. Overall, the Jackrabbits have had a winning record in 13 of Stiegelmeier’s 17 years as head coach, and have a 32-16 record in Missouri Valley Football Conference games. SDSU has reached the FCS playoffs three times (2009, 2012, 2013) under Stiegelmeier’s guidance.
NEW STADIUM ON HORIZON: South Dakota State University officials announced on Oct. 5 lead gifts totaling $12.5 million from Sioux Falls banker Dana Dykhouse and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford toward the construction of a new football stadium.
The announcement was made in conjunction with the 100th Hobo Day game at SDSU.
The proposed stadium, which would have a seating capacity of 18,500 to 20,000, would replace Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, which has served as the home of Jackrabbit football since 1962. The new stadium would be built on the current Coughlin-Alumni Stadium site, with completion scheduled for the summer of 2016.
In recent years SDSU has regularly drawn crowds well above the capacity of Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, which has permanent seating totaling about 11,000. The stadium attendance record of 16,498 was set Sept. 28, when the Jackrabbits hosted North Dakota State.
University officials were to present a facility program plan for the estimated $60-65 million project to the South Dakota Board of Regents this week and, pending BOR approval, will seek authority from the South Dakota Legislature in the spring. Construction would be done in phases, with the east and south sides of the stadium scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2015 and the west side finished in 2016.
Plans call for the stadium to be funded through private gifts and long-term revenue streams, including concessions and suite, loge box and ticket sales. The intention is to secure bonds to finance up to two-thirds of the project’s construction with bonds, with the remaining third coming from private support.
WORKING OVERTIME: SDSU’s 37-34 double-overtime victory over Northern Iowa on Oct. 26 upped the Jackrabbits’ record in overtime games to 2-0 against Missouri Valley Football Conference opponents. SDSU also defeated Missouri State in a double-overtime game, 43-36, in 2011.
Overall, SDSU is 3-4 in games decided in overtime since the format was adopted in the mid-1990s. The Jackrabbits won their inaugural overtime game, 30-27 in two overtimes against Nebraska-Omaha in the 1998 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.)
2013: SDSU 37, Northern Iowa 34 (2 OT — at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium)
JACKRABBIT INSIDER: Throughout the 2013 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 MyUTV. The show is also broadcast on KELO-TV at 11 p.m. Central Sunday and at 10 p.m. Mountain Time Sunday on KCLO-TV. Online, the show can be viewed at GoJacks.com.
STIG SHOW: The John Stiegelmeier Radio Show airs each Monday throughout the 2013 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.
ACADEMIC AWARD: The South Dakota State football team was presented with the Missouri Valley Football Conference Team Academic Award during the Sept. 14 game against Southeastern Louisiana. The Jackrabbits, who compiled a 3.02 team grade-point average during the 2012-13 academic year, have received the MVFC Team Academic Award each of the five seasons they have competed in the conference.
ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS: South Dakota State University football players Jason Schneider and Zach Zenner were named Wednesday to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team for their efforts both on the field and in the classroom.
A junior wide receiver from Andover, Minn., Schneider has compiled a 3.98 grade-point average while majoring in pharmacy. Schneider has led the Missouri Valley Football Conference with 72 receptions (5.5 per game) and 1,007 receiving yards (77.5 yards per game), while adding 10 touchdowns.
Zenner, a second-team Academic All-American in 2012, moved up to the first team this season with a 3.85 GPA while majoring in biology/pre-medicine. A junior from Eagan, Minn., Zenner has racked up a Football Championship Subdivision-best 1,944 yards rushing so far this season, along with 24 total touchdowns (22 rushing, 2 receiving).
South Dakota State and Michigan State were the only schools to have two players named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team, which is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Schneider and Zenner also were among six Jackrabbits to be honored Wednesday on the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Academic Team.
A LOOK AHEAD: Should the Jackrabbits win Saturday, they will face either sixth-seeded McNeese State (La.) or Jacksonville State (Ala.) in quarterfinal action on Dec. 14. Game time and location will be determined following the conclusion of all FCS playoff games Saturday.