Dan Sonnek led the South Dakota State football team in rushing three consecutive seasons from 1985-87, setting school and North Central Conference records in the process.
The Easton, Minn., native broke through during his sophomore season in 1985, leading NCAA Division II in rushing with a then-school-record 1,518 yards. That season was highlighted by a then-Jackrabbit record of 268 yards in a game against Northern Colorado.
After being slowed by injury during his junior season, Sonnek capped his career by earning first-team All-America honors from The Football News and second-team recognition on the Associated Press Little All-America squad during his senior season in 1987, He also was named NCC Most Valuable Back after setting the league career rushing mark.
Overall, Sonnek amassed 3,304 rushing yards during his career — a total that is currently fourth on the SDSU charts. Sonnek also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-America honors and being selected as a recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.