Ten Jackrabbits honored by MVFC
ST. LOUIS — Ten South Dakota State University football players, including five first-team selections, were honored on the all-Missouri Valley Football Conference Team, which was announced Monday.
Headlining the list of Jackrabbits honored were senior offensive lineman Ryan McKnight and linebacker Derek Domino, who were each repeat selections to the all-MVFC First Team, along with three-time all-MVFC honoree Kyle Minett at running back.
A Sioux Falls native and team captain, McKnight started two games at left guard and nine at center to anchor a Jackrabbit offensive line that allowed only six sacks all season.
Domino, a senior linebacker from Spring Lake Park, Minn., led the team in tackles for the second consecutive year, tallying 103 total stops with four for loss. He recorded double figures in tackles in six of the Jackrabbits' 11 games, including a career-high 16 tackles at Nebraska. Domino also contributed an interception and five pass breakups in 2010.
A native of Ruthton, Minn., Minett was named to the honor squad for the third time, moving up to the first team after earning second-team recognition in both 2008 and 2009. During the 2010 season, Minett led the league in rushing yards per game (120.8) in posting his third-consecutive 1,000-yard season with 1,208 yards. A candidate for the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision, Minett scored 12 rushing touchdowns and ranked fourth on the team with 28 catches for 192 yards as he placed third in the balloting for the league's offensive player of the year.
Rounding out Jackrabbit offensive players on the first team was senior tight end Colin Cochart. The Kewaunee, Wis., native led SDSU with four touchdown receptions and ranked third on the squad with 31 receptions and 338 receiving yards.
Cole Brodie was honored on the first team at cornerback and also was received second-team honors as a return specialist. A senior from Dacula, Ga., Brodie recorded a team-best five interceptions - two of which he returned for touchdowns - and ranked sixth on the squad with 62 tackles, adding four pass breakups. Brodie totaled 800 yards between punt and kickoff returns, averaging 24.9 yards per kick return and 11 yards per punt return.
Priddy averaged 40.4 yards per punt during the 2010 season and helped the Jackrabbits rank in the top five of FCS for net punting average at 38.2 yards per attempt in earning second-team honors in back-to-back seasons. A four-year starter from Eden Prairie, Minn., Priddy recorded a career-long 72-yard punt in the season opener at Delaware and landed 25 of his 54 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line.
Jeske took over the starting strong safety duties in place of an injured Conrad Kjerstad and ranked third on the team with 81 tackles, including three sacks. A senior from Buffalo, Minn., Jeske recorded a career-high 17 tackles with a sack in an Oct. 9 victory over playoff qualifier Western Illinois.
Beyer served as a tight end and fullback for the Jackrabbits, helping pave the way for Minett and the SDSU running game. Beyer, a senior from Neenah, Wis., also caught one pass and added a pair of two-point conversion receptions during the 2010 campaign.
A sophomore from Yankton, Kool made a seamless transition from running back to wide receiver in 2010, leading the team with 64 receptions for 808 yards. He added a pair of touchdowns, including a 68-yarder — SDSU's longest play from scrimmage of the season — in the conference finale at North Dakota State.
Lien, a junior from Castaic, Calif., ranked second on the team with 98 tackles, including five for loss. In his first year as a starter, Lien added a sack, an interception and recovered a fumble.
Western Illinois swept the individual honors as quarterback Matt Barr was named Offensive Player of the Year and linebacker Kyle Glazier earned Defensive Player of the Year recognition. Indiana State's Trent Miles was honored as the Bruce Craddock MVFC Coach of the Year.
South Dakota State, coached by John Stiegelmeier, finished the 2010 season with a 5-6 overall record, including a 4-4 mark in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.