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#71 Nick Purcell
Position: Offensive Lineman
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 285
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Rapid City, S.D.
High School: Central H.S.
Major: Pre-Medicine/Biology
Experience: High School
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Nick has been a versatile and valuable member of the Jackrabbit offensive line and will again vie for the starting role at center in 2014 ... has received numerous academic honors, including earning a spot on the Missouri Valley Football Conference Honor Roll four times and receiving the Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award each of the past three years

2013
Saw action in seven games ... played a key role in the team’s late-season surge as he started final three games at guard, including both Football Championship Subdivision playoff games ... helped pave the way for team to rush for 300-plus yards in back-to-back games at Youngstown State and Northern Arizona

2012
Played in six games ... member of Capital One Academic All-District Team and MVFC All-Academic Second Team

2011
Earned first varsity letter after playing off the bench in all 11 games ... received Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award

2010
Redshirted

BEFORE SDSU
Excelled both academically and athletically at Rapid City Central High School ... during his senior season, he recorded 84 tackles, including 13 for loss and two sacks, and also caught five passes in earning all-state honors ... also competed in the throwing events at the state track and field meet and played varsity baseball two years ... a 
member of the National Honor Society,  he also has served as a youth mentor and was a Boys’ State representative