Three Jackrabbits named All-Americans
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Three South Dakota State football student-athletes, including repeat first-team selections Bryan Witzmann and Zach Zenner, were named Wednesday to The Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team.
A junior running back from Eagan, Minn., Zenner became only the second player in FCS history to rush for 2,000 yards in two different seasons, tallying 2,015 yards on a school-record 351 carries (5.7 ypc) in 2013. Zenner’s rushing total ranks second among FCS backs, while his 23 rushing touchdowns rank fourth. He crossed the 100-yard mark in 12 of 14 games and surpassed the 200-yard mark three times, including tying his own school record with 295 yards Sept. 7 at North Dakota.
Witzmann, a senior offensive tackle from Houlton, Wis., helped pave the way for Zenner and a Jackrabbit offense that averaged 28.9 points and 384.6 yards of total offense per game. Witzmann started every game during his four-year career with the Jackrabbits, putting together a school-record string of 49 consecutive starts.
Rounding out the Jackrabbits’ All-America selections was senior cornerback Winston Wright, who earned third-team honors. A native of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Wright shared the team lead with four interceptions, while adding 52 tackles, a sack, a team-high four forced fumbles and a blocked kick. Wright also was named to the Allstate Good Works Team by the American Football Coaches Association earlier in the 2013 season.
South Dakota State’s three All-America selections are the most for a Jackrabbit team in the Division I era. The Jackrabbits ended the 2013 season with a 9-5 overall record, including a 5-3 mark in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. SDSU, coached by John Stiegelmeier, made its second consecutive FCS playoff appearance, reaching the second round.