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Zenner, Witzmann add to All-America honors

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 12/19/2013 09:32:18

South Dakota State University football players Zach Zenner and Bryan Witzmann added to their list of awards Thursday with selections to Football Championship Subdivision All-America squads.

Zenner, a junior running back from Eagan, Minn., received first-team All-America recognition from both The Associated Press and Walter Camp Football Foundation. During the 2013 season, Zenner became only the second player in FCS history to rush for 2,000 yards in two different seasons, tallying 2,015 yards on a school-record 351 carries (5.7 ypc). Zenner’s rushing total ranks second among FCS backs, while his 23 rushing touchdowns rank fourth. He crossed the 100-yard mark in 12 of 14 games and surpassed the 200-yard mark three times, including tying his own school record with 295 yards Sept. 7 at North Dakota.

A senior offensive tackle from Houlton, Wis., Witzmann received second-team All-America honors from The Associated Press. Witzmann helped pave the way for Zenner and a Jackrabbit offense that averaged 28.9 points and 384.6 yards of total offense per game. Witzmann started every game during his four-year career with the Jackrabbits, putting together a school-record string of 49 consecutive starts.

Both Zenner and Witzmann were named to the 2013 Sports Network FCS All-America First Team earlier in the week.

South Dakota State ended the 2013 season with a 9-5 overall record, including a 5-3 mark in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Jackrabbits, coached by John Stiegelmeier, made their second consecutive FCS playoff appearance, reaching the second round.

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