The South Dakota State University football team placed three players on the ESPN Academic All-District VII Team, which was announced Thursday. The Jackrabbits' three selections tied with Iowa for the most selections on the 25-player honor squad.
Headlining the list of Jackrabbit selections was senior running Kyle Minett, who was named to the University Division team for the third consecutive year. A senior from Ruthton, Minn., Minett has compiled a 3.67 grade-point average in economics. A two-time first-team ESPN Academic All-America selection, Minett has become the first player in SDSU history to rush for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons, posting 1,022 yards and nine touchdowns through eight games. A candidate for the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Minett has totaled more than 4,000 career yards and has scored 44 career rushing touchdowns.
The Jackrabbits made a sweep at the running back position as fellow senior Tyler Duffy earned a spot on the team with a perfect 4.0 GPA while majoring in electrical engineering. Duffy ranks second on the team with 272 rushing yards and has scored two touchdowns.
Punter Dean Priddy also was a repeat selection to the academic all-district team. Priddy is pursuing a master's degree in mathematics and carries a 3.71 GPA. A four-year starter, Priddy is averaging a career-best 41.8 yards per punt so far this season, tallying seven punts of 50 or more yards. As a team, the Jackrabbits rank fifth among FCS teams in net punting at 38.9 yards per attempt.
All three Jackrabbits will advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration later this month. Selections to the ESPN Academic All-District VII Team are based on votes by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America from South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. Student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in athletic standing, maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.3 and be a starter or key reserve to be nominated.