South Dakota State University football players Derek Domino and Kyle Harris have been honored by the Missouri Valley Football Conference for their performances in the nationally ranked Jackrabbits' 44-6 victory over Georgia Southern in the Sept. 12 season opener.
Domino, a junior linebacker from Spring Lake Park, Minn., was named MVFC Defensive Player of the Week after registering a game-high 11 tackles, including a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. He also recovered a fumble to lead a relentless Jackrabbit defense that forced four turnovers, tallied nine sacks and limited GSU to 11 net yards rushing. The Eagles' six points were the program's lowest point total in a game since 1995.
Harris, a sophomore kicker from Florissant, Mo., earned MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors after connecting on 3-of-4 field-goal tries and all five extra-point attempts. Harris took over all kicking duties during the week and responded by making field goals of 44, 37 and 40 yards, with his only miss coming from 46 yards. The field-goal attempts were the first of his career. He also recorded two touchbacks on kickoffs.
Northern Iowa quarterback Pat Grace was named MVFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.
The Jackrabbits open conference play Saturday night, hosting Indiana State in the 43rd Annual Beef Bowl. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. A pre-game beef barbecue south of the stadium will run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., with proceeds benefitting scholarships in the Animal and Range Sciences Department.