More post season honors have come for some Jackrabbits and a Coyote football player.
— Three South Dakota State football student-athletes, including repeat first-team selections Bryan Witzmann andZach Zenner, were named Wednesday to The Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team.
.—South Dakota senior linebacker Tyler Starr was named to The Sports Network FCS All-America Team Wednesday. It is the second All-America team Starr has been featured on in the past week.
A junior running back from Eagan, Minn., 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) in 2013. 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.
Witzmann, a senior offensive tackle from Houlton, Wis., 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.
Rounding out the Jackrabbits’ All-America selections was senior cornerback Winston Wright, who earned third-team honors. A native ofLee’s Summit, Mo., Wright shared the team lead with four interceptions, while adding 52 tackles, a sack, a team-high four forced fumbles and a blocked kick. Wright also was named to the Allstate Good Works Team by the American Football Coaches Association earlier in the 2013 season.
South Dakota State’s three All-America selections are the most for a Jackrabbit team in the Division I era. The Jackrabbits ended the2013 season with a 9-5 overall record, including a 5-3 mark in the MissouriValley Football Conference. SDSU, coached by John Stiegelmeier, made its second consecutive FCS playoff appearance, reaching the second round.
Starr (Little Rock, Iowa/George-Little Rock HS) was one 13 linebackers selected to the team. He was also one of 14 Missouri Valley Football Conference student-athletes named to the team, which tied the Big Sky Conference for the most selections.
Starr is the 2013 Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He led the MVFC in sacks (9.0), tackles for loss (15.0) and forced fumbles (4). He finished second on the team in tackles with 71. Starr also had an interception and was credited with four pass breakups.