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#18 Conrad Kjerstad
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 195
Year: Senior
Hometown: Wall, S.D.
High School: Wall H.S.
Major: Agricultural Business
Experience: 3 Letters

Conrad returns for his third season as the team's starting strong safety ... enters senior season four interceptions away from tying the SDSU career record of 14 ... for his efforts in the classroom, has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team and received the Missouri Valley Football Conference Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award each of the past two seasons

Honored both athletically and academically ... started all 12 games and earned second-team all-MVFC honors ... tied for team lead with five interceptions ... ranked third on team with 81 tackles ... named team's Defensive Player of the Week after recording six tackles and returning interception 40 yards against GeorgiaSouthern ... tallied career-high 15 tackles against Southern Illinois ... topped double figures for tackles for first time with 11 at Illinois State ... intercepted a pass and made nine tackles at Cal Poly ... registered five tackles, two pass breakups and interception in Football Championship Subdivision playoff game at Montana ... named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team, MVFC All-Academic First Team and honored on FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team

Played through injury to appear in 11 games, nine of which he started ... did not play at Stephen F. Austin ... led team with four interceptions and ranked sixth in tackles with 51 ... picked off two passes and matched career high with nine tackles in Cereal Bowl victory over Youngstown State ... helped seal Jackrabbit win at North Dakota State with fourth-quarter interception ... opened season by forcing fumble at the goal line and registering seven tackles, including one for loss, at Iowa State ... tallied eight tackles and intercepted a pass in losing effort at Southern Illinois ... honored as team's Defensive Player of the Week at Indiana State after recording four tackles ... claimed a spot on the all-MVFC Academic Second Team

Notched a tackle in 10 of the 11 games in which he played ... made season-best nine tackles and forced a fumble in victory over Cal Poly ... returned interception 82 yards for a touchdown and recorded two tackles in Hobo Day victory over Stephen F. Austin ... notched five tackles versus Texas State ... made solo stop and recovered fumble in home win over Southern Utah

Redshirted ... honored as team's Scout Defense Player of the Week in preparation for 2006 season opener, as well as Scout Special Teams Player of the Week leading up to Northern Iowa game

Lettered five times in football and basketball, four times in track and three in golf at Wall High School ... a two-way starter for five years, he was a five-time all-conference pick in football, earning all-state honors three years ... in  2005, he was also selected as a member of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader Elite 45 team ... career prep totals included 35 interceptions, believed to be an all-time South Dakota record; 442 tackles; 141 touchdowns, and 3,641 rushing yards for an average of 8.23 yards per carry ... reached 1,000-point plateau in basketball ... academic all-state selection