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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Christian Rozeboom, South Dakota State,...A native of Sioux Center, Iowa, Rozeboom was a first-team pick at linebacker for the fourth consecutive year after registering a team-high 101 total tackles, including five tackles for loss and a sack, through the end of the regular season. He recorded double figures in tackles five times, including four games in league play. A finalist for the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision, Rozeboom also forced three fumbles, recovered a pair of fumbles and intercepted two passes. Rozeboom, who is the career tackles leader at SDSU with 465, is the second Jackrabbit to be a four-time first-team all-MVFC honoree, matching wide receiver Jake Wieneke, who accomplished the feat from 2014-17. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#30 ILB) rSr/2020 ILB Christian RozeboomSouth Dakota State
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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Pierre Strong Jr., South Dakota State,...Strong, a sophomore from Little Rock, Arkansas, crossed the 1,000-yard mark for the second year in a row and wrapped up the regular season with 1,018 yards in 11 games (92.5 ypg). He averaged 7.1 yards per carry and scored eight touchdowns. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#35 RB) rSo/2022 RB Pierre Strong Jr.South Dakota State
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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Cade Johnson, South Dakota State,...A junior from Papillion, Nebraska, Johnson posted league bests of 67 receptions and 1,187 receiving yards to repeat on the all-MVFC First Team, while adding eight touchdown catches. Johnson, who is a finalist for the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in the subdivision, topped 100 receiving yards in a game four times en route to ranking third in the league for all-purpose yardage at 120.3 yards per game. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#64 WR) Jr/2021 WR Cade JohnsonSouth Dakota State
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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Don Gardner, South Dakota State,...A Chicago native, Gardner turned both of his takeaways during the regular season into touchdowns, returning an interception 42 yards for a score at Youngstown State and a fumble 24 yards to paydirt versus Northern Iowa. He also contributed 42 tackles, including six tackles for loss and two sacks, and broke up five passes. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#99 CB) Jr/2021 CB Don GardnerSouth Dakota State
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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Ryan Earith, South Dakota State,...SDSU's second-team selections were highlighted by repeat honoree Ryan Earith. A senior defensive end from Papillion, Nebraska, Earith tallied 31 total tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#75 DE) Sr/2020 DE Ryan EarithSouth Dakota State
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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL Matt Clark, South Dakota State,...On the offensive side of the ball, offensive lineman Matt Clark and fullback Luke Sellers were second-team honorees. Both seniors, the Jackrabbit duo were both key blockers for an offensive unit that averaged and 210.2 rushing yards and 31.3 points per game. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#131 OG) rSr/2020 OG Matt ClarkSouth Dakota State
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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY SECOND TEAM (COACHES): FB Luke Sellers, South Dakota State,...On the offensive side of the ball, offensive lineman Matt Clark and fullback Luke Sellers were second-team honorees. Both seniors, the Jackrabbit duo were both key blockers for an offensive unit that averaged and 210.2 rushing yards and 31.3 points per game. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#19 FB) Sr/2020 FB Luke SellersSouth Dakota State
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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): TE Kallan Hart,...Hart, a senior from Lonsdale, Minnesota, has contributed both as a blocker and receiver from the tight end position. He caught six passes for 37 yards during the regular season with two touchdowns. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#62 TE) Sr/2020 TE Kallan HartSouth Dakota State
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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Logan Backhaus,...Backhaus, a junior from Spirit Lake, Iowa, ended the regular season by leading the team with four interceptions and ranking in a tie for second on the squad in tackles with 73, while forcing a pair of fumbles. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#999 OLB) Jr/2021 OLB Logan BackhausSouth Dakota State
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  2019 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): WR Adam Anderson,...A senior from Orlando, Florida, Anderson recorded 33 catches for 390 yards and a pair of touchdowns this season. Also an honorable mention pick in 2018, he has caught a pass in 25 consecutive games. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#222 WR) Sr/2020 WR Adam AndersonSouth Dakota State
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  South Dakota State is seeded seventh and will host a second-round matchup in the upcoming Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs. The 24-team field was announced Sunday morning by the NCAA. The Jackrabbits, 8-4 overall, will be making their eighth consecutive playoff appearance and ninth overall. SDSU is among the top eight seeds for the fourth year in a row. SDSU will face the winner between the Nov. 30 first-round matchup between San Diego and host Northern Iowa. The Jackrabbits' first game is set for a 1 p.m. kickoff Dec. 7 at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#30 ILB) rSr/2020 ILB Christian RozeboomSouth Dakota State
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  NOV 18 MISSOURI VALLEY CO-NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: QB Keaton Heide, South Dakota State, 6-3, 195, Fr., (Wayzata, Minn./Wayzata H.S.),...Heide completed 15-of-16 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in the Jackrabbits' 38-7 home victory over No. 4/5 Northern Iowa on Nov. 16. A true freshman, Heide completed each of his first 14 pass attempts to set an SDSU single-game record, including touchdown passes of 10 yards to Jaxon Janke and 20 yards to Cade Johnson in the second half. Heide also recorded a 65-yard pass to Johnson in the second quarter that set up SDSU's first touchdown. The 14-striaght completions are the most by an MVFC QB since 2013. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 QB) Fr/2023 QB Keaton HeideSouth Dakota State
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  NOV 18 MISSOURI VALLEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: CB Don Gardner, South Dakota State,...Gardner returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown and recorded two tackles, including a tackle for loss, to help lead a Jackrabbit defense that limited Northern Iowa to 85 passing yards in a 38-7 home victory on Nov. 16. Gardner's fumble return for touchdown was the first by a Jackrabbit player since 2012 and ignited a 21-point outburst in the fourth quarter. Overall, the SDSU defense limited UNI to 239 yards of total offense. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#99 CB) Jr/2021 CB Don GardnerSouth Dakota State
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  Keaton Heide was 15-of-16 passing with two touchdowns, the defense forced two turnovers and South Dakota State overwhelmed Northern Iowa 38-7 on Saturday in a battle of top 10 FCS teams. The Jackrabbits, ranked eighth in the STATS FCS Top 25, clung to a 17-7 lead entering the fourth quarter before breaking the game open. Don Gardner had a 24-yard fumble return after Tolu Ogunrinde's defensive stop, Cade Johnson had a 20-yard touchdown reception set up by an interception and backup quarterback Kanin Nelson had a 12-yard TD run. For the Jackrabbits (8-3, 5-2 Missouri Valley Conference), it was their third straight home game against a ranked opponent but the first they won. They piled up 337 yards of offense; 196 on Heide's arm. Johnson had six catches for 134 yards. Fourth-ranked Northern Iowa (7-4, 5-2) had its four-game winning streak snapped. Will McElvain was 12 of 24 for 85 yards with three interceptions. - AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) Fr/2023 QB Keaton HeideSouth Dakota State
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  NOV 11 MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: LB Christian Rozeboom, South Dakota State,...Rozeboom registered a season-high 14 tackles with a sack versus Illinois State on Nov. 9. His sack resulted in a safety in the second quarter. In posting his 23rd double-digit tackling performance of his career (in 50 games), Rozeboom became SDSU's career tackles leader with 446, surpassing the 435 tackles by Greg Osmundson from 1986-89. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#30 ILB) rSr/2020 ILB Christian RozeboomSouth Dakota State
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