Two Jacks tabbed by Sports Network
South Dakota State University players Bryan Witzmann and Zach Zenner were named Monday to the Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America Team. Both players were selected to repeat as first-team selections after successful campaigns in 2012.
An offensive tackle from Houlton, Wis., Witzmann enters his senior season after anchoring a Jackrabbit offensive line that led the way for Zenner to reach 2,000 yards and record averages of 23.4 points and 367.6 yards of total offense per game in 2012. Witzmann has started at left tackle each of the Jackrabbits' 35 games over the past three seasons, earning first-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors in 2012 after an honorable mention selection in 2011.
Zenner, a running back from Eagan, Minn., was a consensus All-American during his sophomore season in 2012. Zenner won the FCS rushing race with 2,044 yards for an average of 157.2 yards per game. 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. Zenner averaged 6.8 yards per carry and scored 13 touchdowns on the ground, while adding 28 receptions for 197 yards.
South Dakota State finished the 2012 season with a 9-4 overall record, including a runner-up mark of 6-2 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Jackrabbits' nine wins were their most in a season at the Division I level as they made their second playoff appearance in four seasons.