Jackrabbits host SIU on Hobo Day
The South Dakota State University football team will attempt to end a two-game losing skid as it hosts Southern Illinois Saturday afternoon in the 100th Hobo Day game.
Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.
Both teams are coming off home losses on the opening weekend of Missouri Valley Football Conference action. The Jackrabbits, 3-2 overall, were shut out, 20-0, by top-ranked North Dakota State on Sept. 28.
Southern Illinois, meanwhile, dropped a heart-breaking 28-27 decision last week to Youngstown State. The Salukis enter Saturday’s game with a 2-3 overall mark.
FOUR-DOWN TERRITORY: Four quick notes on the Jackrabbits:
• The Jackrabbits have won four consecutive Hobo Day games and nine of the last 10;
• SDSU is plus-11 in turnover margin this season, forcing five lost fumbles and intercepting 10 passes. All three of the Jackrabbits’ offensive turnovers came in the Sept. 21 loss at Nebraska;
• The Jackrabbits’ 10 interceptions have come from eight different players — Andrew Brown and Dallas Brown (no relation) each have two to lead the squad;
• Junior quarterback Austin Sumner enters Saturday’s game 135 yards away from setting the Jackrabbit career passing record currently held by Ryan Berry (2005-08) with 6,023 yards.
THE SERIES: Saturday’s game marks the sixth matchup in football between South Dakota State and Southern Illinois, a series that dates back to when the Jackrabbits joined the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2008.
SDSU took a 3-2 series lead after recording a thrilling, 16-12 come-from-behind
victory last season in Carbondale, Ill. It was the Jackrabbits’ third consecutive win in the series and featured an 18-play, 94-yard drive in the final minutes that culminated with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Austin Sumner to Trevor Tiefenthaler with seven seconds to play. SDSU twice converted on fourth down on the drive, including a 23-yard pass from Sumner to Tiefenthaler on fourth-and-19.
The victory not boosted the Jackrabbits’ playoff aspirations, but was career win No. 100 for head coach John Stiegelmeier.
SIU won the first two matchups, winning 38-35 in Carbondale in 2008 and 34-15 in 2009 at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. The 2009 contest decided the MVFC regular season title.
The Jackrabbits broke into the win column with a 31-10 road win in 2010, followed by a 45-34 home victory in the 2011 Hobo Day game.
HOBO DAY HISTORY: South Dakota State will be playing its 100th Hobo Day game Saturday, when it hosts Southern Illinois at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. The Jackrabbits have compiled a 59-35-5 record in their homecoming game, winning the last four and nine of the last 10. Included in that run of success was a 45-34 victory over Southern Illinois in the 2011 Hobo Day game.
The first Hobo Day was in 1912, when South Dakota State defeated Yankton College (S.D.), 6-3. There was no game in 1918 due to World War I and in 1943 the game was between two Army special training teams from campus.
As part of this year's game, the Jackrabbits will wear alternate yellow jerseys for the first time in John Stiegelmeier’s 17 years as head coach.
MEDIA COVERAGE: Audio and 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 and high-definition video streaming are available for $11.95 per month or $99.95 for a year of coverage. A pay-per-view video option for Saturday’s game also will be available.
Local radio coverage Saturday begins at 1 p.m. 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
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.
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 their two-game losing streak, the Jackrabbits remain in the top 10 this week in both the Sports Network media poll and the FCS Coaches rankings. SDSU dropped one spot to seventh in the Sports Network poll and fell three spots to ninth in the 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.
VALLEY PREVIEW: South Dakota State was picked to finish second in the 2013 Missouri Valley Football Conference race, according to a preseason poll conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors that was released in late July.
The Jackrabbits, who placed second in the league last season with a 6-2 record en route to a 9-4 overall mark and berth in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, tallied 323 points in the poll. Defending league champion and two-time defending national champion North Dakota State was a unanimous first-place selection, garnering all 39 first-place votes for 390 points. Northern Iowa (269), Illinois State (264) and Youngstown State (253) rounded out the upper half of the 10-team league.
Completing the poll were Indiana State (197), Southern Illinois (188), Missouri State (123), Western Illinois (77) and South Dakota (61).
Although the voters all agreed that NDSU is their top choice, there was a wide variance for the league's other nine teams, as seven teams were picked to finish in five or more different positions.
A pre-season favorite has claimed the league crown 15 times (in 27 previous polls). North Dakota State was picked to win the league last season.
In addition, four Jackrabbit players were named to the MVFC Preseason Team.
Headlining South Dakota State's four selections to the preseason all-league team were returning first-team honorees Bryan Witzmann and Zach Zenner. A senior offensive tackle, Witzmann has started all 35 of the Jackrabbits’ games over the last three seasons. Zenner, meanwhile, set a league single-season record for rushing yards during the 2012 season, totaling an FCS-best 2,044 yards in 13 games.
Joining Witzmann and Zenner on the preseason team were defensive end Doug Peete and linebacker T.J. Lally, who both were second-team all-MVFC selections a year ago. Peete led the squad with 13.5 tackles for loss and shared the team lead with six sacks a season ago. Lally put together a strong redshirt freshman season in 2012, ranking second on the team with 107 tackles and also sharing the team lead with six sacks.
North Dakota State led with 10 selection to the MVFC Preseason Team, including returning Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Williams. Northern Iowa was second with six honorees, followed by SDSU and Illinois State.
SCOUTING SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: For the Southern Illinois football team in 2013, it has been a case of close but not close enough.
The Salukis, who enter today’s contest with a 2-3 overall record, have lost by a combined 12 points in their three setbacks this season. SIU had the ball deep in Illinois territory in the season opener and had a chance to tie the game before falling, 42-34. The Salukis rallied to tie nationally ranked Eastern Illinois before falling 40-37 in double overtime in their home opener a week later. Then last week, SIU surrendered a 27-14 lead, falling 28-27 to Youngstown State in the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener for both teams.
The Saluki offense has been spearheaded this season by senior quarterback Kory Faulkner, who leads the MVFC in total offense with 289.6 yards per game. Faulkner has thrown for 1,297 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, while rushing for another 151 yards. He is completing 60.5 percent of his passes and has thrown only two interceptions.
Faulkner’s top receiving target so far this season has been junior MyCole Pruitt, who has caught 28 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns.
Another junior, LaSteven McKinney has recorded 25 receptions for 232 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while senior John Lantz rounds out the trio of 20-catch receivers with 20 receptions for 279 yards and four scores.
McKinney also sees action on the Saluki return units and is averaging 25.7 yards per kickoff return.
The Saluki rushing attack is paced by Malcolm Agnew, a transfer from Oregon State who has 303 yards and a touchdown in four games. Tay Willis ranks second on the team with 203 rushing yards, but has a team-best average of 6.2 yards per carry.
SIU has been efficient offensively, scoring on 25-of-28 red-zone opportunities so far this season.
The Saluki defense has been stout against the run this season, allowing averages of only 93.2 yards per game and 2.9 yards per carry.
Inside linebacker Bryan Presume leads the SIU defense with 53 tackles through five games, including six tackles for loss. He also has recorded a sack, an interception, forced a fumble and blocked a kick.
Fellow inside linebacker Jordan Pool has 28 tackles, three sacks and an interception to his credit.
Outside linebacker Tyler Williamson ranks second on the squad with 32 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, and defensive end Brandon Williams has posted a team-high 3.5 sacks among his 13 tackles.
As a team, the Salukis have recorded 14 quarterback sacks in five games, while giving up only four.
SIU also has been solid in the kicking game. Senior punter Austin Pucylowski is averaging 40.4 yards per attempt and has landed nine of his 21 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. Junior kicker Thomas Kinney leads the team with 43 points after going 8-of-11 on field goals with a long of 41 yards.
LAST MEETING: South Dakota State drove 94 yards in the final three minutes, finishing the marathon drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Austin Sumner to Trevor Tiefenthaler with seven seconds remaining as the 21st-ranked Jackrabbits kept pace in the Missouri Valley Football Conference race with a 16-12 victory over Southern Illinois on Nov. 3, 2012, at Saluki Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.
The victory also was career win No. 100 for Jackrabbit head coach John Stiegelmeier.
The Jackrabbits improved to 7-2 overall, and moved into a first-place tie with North Dakota State at 5-1 in league play. SIU dropped to 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the MVFC.
SDSU converted on a pair of fourth-down attempts in the game-winning drive, which covered 18 plays. The Jackrabbits overcame a loss of 18 yards on a bad snap from center as Sumner floated a 23-yard pass to Tiefenthaler for a first down on fourth-and-19. Later in the drive, Sumner connected with Aaron Rollin on a 15-yard pass play on fourth-and-8 that moved the ball to midfield.
Tiefenthaler later caught passes of 5 and 7 yards to move the ball inside the 20 before catching the game-winning touchdown across the middle. Sumner completed 11-of-16 passes on the drive for 101 yards, finishing the afternoon 26-of-45 for 284 yards.
SDSU’s late heroics overcame several missed opportunities for the Jackrabbits, who came away without a touchdown in three previous trips to the red zone. The Jackrabbits had to settle for two field goals — one after a dropped pass in the end zone — and lost a fumble inside the SIU 5 in the third quarter.
The Jackrabbit defense came up big late, forcing five consecutive three-and-outs on SIU’s final five possesions of the game.
SUMNER NEARS RECORD: Jackrabbit quarterback Austin Sumner is poised to take over the top spot in career passing this weekend.
A junior, Sumner has moved from eighth place to third place so far this season, tallying 1,064 passing yards through five games to up his career total to 5,889. He stands 127 yards away from matching Ted Wahl’s second-place total of 6,016 yards from 1985-88 and 135 yards from overtaking Ryan Berry (6,023 yards from 2005-08) for the all-time lead.
Sumner has played in 28 career games and made 25 starts, holding a 16-9 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.
Sumner has especially shone on Hobo Day. In two career starts, versus Southern Illinois in 2011 and Youngstown State in 2012, Sumner is a combined 35-for-56 passing for 679 yards and nine touchdowns. His five touchdown passes in last year’s game against Youngstown State was a career high.
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.
With 470 completions heading into Saturday’s game, Sumner also is nearing Berry’s career mark of 514.
ZENNER ON PAYTON WATCH LIST: South Dakota State University running back Zach Zenner is one of 20 players named to the initial 2013 Walter Payton Award Watch List for the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
A junior from Eagan, Minn., Zenner is one of 11 finalists from the 2012 season to appear on the official watch list, which was announced in July. A consensus All-America selection last season, Zenner placed seventh in the balloting after joining the watch list a month into the 2012 campaign.
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 ranks among the nation’s leaders in rushing with 746 total yards, and his average of 149.2 yards per game ranks fourth. He has topped the 100-yard mark in four games this season, including tying his own school record with 295 yards — on a career-high 37 carries — Sept. 7 at North Dakota. 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.
Zenner also has totaled 11 touchdowns (10 rushing, 1 receiving) to share the FCS lead. He scored at least two rushing touchdowns in the first four games of the season.
For his career, Zenner has crossed the 100-yard barrier 13 times and topped the 200-yard mark five 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 fifth in career rushing at South Dakota State with 3,260 yards.
Zenner, who scored on a 75-yard run Sept. 14 against Southeastern Louisiana and tallied a 40-yard touchdown a week later at Nebraska, 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 22.1 yards on his 10 touchdown runs.
The Walter Payton Award will be presented by The Sports Network on Dec. 16.
LALLY LEADS LINEBACKERS: 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. Northern Iowa quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen and Western Illinois linebacker J.J. Raffelson also were considered for the award.
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. The previous week, in a road win at North Dakota, Lally was credited with five tackles. He also tipped a pass that resulted in a game-ending interception late in the fourth quarter.
KILGORE WAS HERE: Senior linebacker R.C. Kilgore has set a new career high for tackles in three consecutive weeks.
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 last week against North Dakota State. He comes into today’s game with a team-best 48 tackles.
Kilgore also shares the team lead with three takeaways this season, recovering a pair of fumbles at Nebraska and recording his first career interception Sept. 7 at North Dakota.
SYROVATKA STREAK ENDS: 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.
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 last week 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 28-for-37 (75.7 percent) for his career. He also is 73-of-74 on career PATs and is working on a streak of 32 consecutive made.
The previous Jackrabbit record for consecutive made field goal attempts was 13, which was set by Parker Douglass between the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
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 four of the Jackrabbits’ five games this season. For the year, Schneider leads the team with 29 receptions for 408 yards and three TDs. He is leading the Missouri Valley Football Conference in both receptions (5.6 per game) and receiving yards (81.6 yards per game).
YOUTH MOVEMENT: Three true freshman made their collegiate debuts for the Jackrabbits in the Aug. 31 season opener against Butler. Linebacker Jesse Bobbit made three tackles, while defensive lineman Cole Langer was credited with one tackle. Long snapper Thayer Trenhaile also saw action versus Butler.
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 28 games at cornerback since the start of the 2011 campaign, earning second-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors in 2011. 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 during the 2009 season.
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.
CAMPBELL TROPHY SEMIFINALIST: Jackrabbit wide receiver Brandon Hubert has been named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is awarded annually to the top scholar-athlete in college football by the National Football Foundation.
A senior from Gretna, Neb., Hubert has started games each of the last four seasons and is nearing the SDSU career top 10 for both receptions (112) and receiving yards (1,466). One of four team captains this season, Hubert also has excelled in the classroom, compiling a 3.70 grade-point average while majoring in pharmacy.
Up to 16 players will be selected as finalists for the Campbell Trophy on Oct. 31. All finalists will comprise the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Class and will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. Finalists also will be invited to attend the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10 in New York City.
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 105-78 record (.574 winning percentage). SDSU has posted seven winning seasons in the school’s nine full seasons at the FCS (formerly Division I-AA) level, compiling a 61-44 record since moving to the FCS ranks in 2004. Overall, the Jackrabbits have had a winning record in 12 of Stiegelmeier’s 16 full years as head coach, and have a 27-14 record in Missouri Valley Football Conference games. SDSU has reached the FCS playoffs twice (2009, 2012) under Stiegelmeier’s guidance.
WORKING OVERTIME: SDSU’s 43-36 double-overtime victory at Missouri State during the 2011 season ended a four-game losing streak in overtime games.
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 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 KDLO-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.
TEAM 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.
A LOOK AHEAD: The Jackrabbits will embark on their first road trip of the conference season, playing Oct. 12 at Western Illinois. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Hanson Field in Macomb, Ill., with the game scheduled to be televised on Mediacom.
SDSU’s next home game is Oct. 26, when the Jackrabbits will battle Northern Iowa in the annual Hall of Fame game. The 2013 Jackrabbit Sports Hall of Fame class of Kim Fordham Lien (track and field), Marty Johnson (men’s tennis), Tim Johnson (baseball) and Dan Sonnek (football) will be honored during a morning luncheon and also recognized at halftime of the football game.
Kickoff for the Oct. 26 Hall of Fame game is set for 2 p.m. at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.