Former Jacks honored by GWC
Former South Dakota State University standout football players Parker Douglass and Mitch Erickson have been honored on the All-Time Great West Conference Football Team.
Both players were part of Jackrabbit teams that competed from 2004-07 in what was known as the Great West Football Conference. SDSU was one of six teams that helped form the league as the Jackrabbits moved from NCAA Division II to the ranks of Division I and the Football Championship Subdivision.
Douglass, a kicker from Columbus, Neb., was honored as the league's Special Teams Player of the Year in both 2005 and 2006. He set nearly every Jackrabbit kicking record during his four-year career, setting 19 different standards, including most career field goals (62) and points (321). His 19 field goals and 99 points in 2005 also set SDSU single-season kicking records as he went on to earn All-America recognition from The Sports Network and Football Gazette.
A native of Hutchinson, Minn., Erickson earned first-team all-Great West honors three times and was an All-America selection in both 2006 and 2007. Erickson started every game in his Jackrabbit career, splitting time between guard and tackle. He later signed with the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.
SDSU won the league title in 2007 before moving on to compete in the Missouri Valley Football Conference the next season. The Great West Conference will no longer offer football as current members Cal Poly, UC Davis, North Dakota and Southern Utah all move to the Big Sky Conference next season and the University of South Dakota joins the MVFC.