For the second time this season, the South Dakota State University football team has had two players honored at Missouri Valley Football Conference players of the week after a Jackrabbit victory.
Earning the offensive award was junior running back Kyle Minett, who rushed 21 times for a season-high 146 yards and scored two touchdowns in SDSU's 38-17 win at Illinois State on Sept. 26. The Ruthton, Minn., native scored from 11 yards out in the second quarter, then broke off a career-long 64-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. In posting his ninth career 100-yard game, Minett moved into 10th place on the Jackrabbit career rushing chart with 2,134 yards.
On defense, sophomore defensive end Jake Steffen was honored after recording 10 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, and adding an interception. The Mount Vernon native's interception and subsequent 24-yard return late in the second quarter shifted the momentum firmly in the Jackrabbits' favor and set up a touchdown that put SDSU ahead 21-10 at halftime.
Southern Illinois punter Scott Ravanesi earned the weekly special teams award.
After the Jackrabbits' season-opening win over Georgia Southern on Sept. 12, Derek Domino was named MVFC Defensive Player of the Week and Kyle Harris earned special teams recognition.
South Dakota State, 3-0 this season and 2-0 in the MVFC, returns to non-conference action Saturday at Cal Poly. The matchup between nationally ranked teams is set for kickoff at 6:05 p.m. Pacific Time (8:05 p.m. Central).