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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: South Dakota State
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  FEB 22 MISSOURI VALLEY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: RB Pierre Strong Jr., South Dakota State, 5-11, 210, Jr., Little Rock, Ark.,...Strong tallied 142 all-purpose yards and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard pass play with 19 seconds remaining in South Dakota State' 24-20 victory at Northern Iowa on Feb. 19. The junior running back rushed 22 times for 91 yards and caught a team-high six passes for 31 yards. He added a 20-yard kickoff return to round out his performance. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#33 RB) rJr/2022 RB Pierre Strong Jr.South Dakota State
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  FEB 22 MISSOURI VALLEY NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: QB Mark Gronowski, South Dakota State, 6-3, 200, Fr., Naperville, Ill.,...In his collegiate debut, the true freshman accounted for all three South Dakota State touchdowns in the fifth-ranked Jackrabbits' 24-20 victory at No. 3 Northern Iowa. Gronowski completed 19-of-29 passes for 194 yards and touchdown passes of 6 yards to Jaxon Janke in the second quarter and the game-winning 1-yard toss to Pierre Strong, Jr. with 19 seconds remaining in the game that capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive. He also rushed for 24 yards on 10 carries, including a 5-yard touchdown late in the first half. Gronowski connected with seven different receivers in the game. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 QB) Fr/2024 QB Mark GronowskiSouth Dakota State
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  Mark Gronowski passed for two touchdowns, including a 1-yarder to Pierre Strong with 19 seconds left, and ran for another to help South Dakota State beat Northern Iowa 24-20 on Friday night. Grownowski, a freshman, was 19-of-29 passing for 194 yards and no interceptions. Strong finished with 91 yards rushing on 22 carries and had six receptions for 31 yards. Zach Heins added 90 yards receiving on five catches for South Dakota State (1-0, 1-0 Missouri Valley Conference). The teams kicked off an unprecedented spring slate of FCS football games after the fall season was upended by the coronavirus pandemic. - AP College Football

(DS#33 RB) rJr/2022 RB Pierre Strong Jr.South Dakota State
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  With Sacred Heart University's season having been canceled, Jordan Meachum is looking to play elsewhere. Meachum, the Pioneers' leading rusher in 2018, said Thursday on Twitter that he would be transferring. Head coach Mark Nofri also confirmed the news in a text. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Meachum will be immediately eligible at his new school as a graduate transfer. He'll have one season of eligibility remaining. - CT Post

(DS#999 RB) rSr/2022 RB Jordan MeachumSouth Dakota State
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  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Cade Johnson, South Dakota State,...Johnson turned in his second consecutive 1,000-yard season in 2019, leading the Jackrabbits with 72 receptions for 1,222 yards (17.0 ypr) and eight touchdowns. He tallied 100-plus receiving yards in four games last season and averaged 120.5 all-purpose yards per game. Johnson enters his senior season fifth in career receiving yards (2,872) and sixth in career receptions (162). - South Dakota State Football

(DS#29 WR) Sr/2021 WR Cade JohnsonSouth Dakota State
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  South Dakota State senior wide receiver Cade Johnson has entered the transfer portal. The former Bellevue West standout will have the opportunity to graduate after the fall semester and explore other options after what has transpired in college football this year. "After a lot of prayer and thought, I decided to make this decision," the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder said. "At this point I feel like this route is the best for my future." The Missouri Valley Football Conference announced last week it will not conduct conference competition this fall. It plans to play a full eight-game league schedule in the spring, with the expectation of culminating with the FCS playoffs. That decision led Johnson to consider playing elsewhere. A 2019 FCS All-American, Johnson had 72 receptions for 1,222 yards and eight touchdowns last season for the Jackrabbits. - Omaha World Herald

(DS#29 WR) Sr/2021 WR Cade JohnsonSouth Dakota State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY SECOND TEAM: Don Gardner, South Dakota St, Sr.,...Gardner put together a breakthrough season for the Jackrabbits in 2019, earning all-conference accolades...started all 13 games at cornerback...led team with six pass breakups and ranked fifth on the squad with 45 tackles. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#145 CB) rSr/2022 CB Don GardnerSouth Dakota State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FIRST TEAM: Cade Johnson, South Dakota St, Sr.,...Johnson turned in his second consecutive 1,000-yard season in 2019, leading the Jackrabbits with 72 receptions for 1,222 yards (17.0 ypr) and eight touchdowns. Johnson enters his senior season fifth in career receiving yards (2,872) and sixth in career receptions (162) at SDSU. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#29 WR) Sr/2021 WR Cade JohnsonSouth Dakota State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FIRST TEAM: Pierre Strong Jr, South Dakota St, Jr.,...Strong was limited to 11 games in 2019, but managed to hit the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive year with 1,018 yards. The junior-to-be from Little Rock, Arkansas, averaged 7.1 yards per carry and scored a team-best nine touchdowns - eight rushing and one receiving. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#33 RB) rJr/2022 RB Pierre Strong Jr.South Dakota State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY SECOND TEAM: AP Cade Johnson, South Dakota St, Sr.,...Johnson tallied 100-plus receiving yards in four games last season and averaged 120.5 all-purpose yards per game. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#29 WR) Sr/2021 WR Cade JohnsonSouth Dakota State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY SECOND TEAM: Logan Backhaus, South Dakota St, Sr.,...Backhaus was honored as recipient of Doug Miller Award as team's Defensive Most Valuable Player after sharing the team lead with four interceptions and three forced fumbles in 2019...also broke up five passes to lead team with nine passes defended...ranked third on the squad with 79 tackles after starting the final 12 games of the season...was credited with at least three tackles in all 13 games, including back-to-back career-high 11-tackle performances against Southern Utah and Southern Illinois in which he was honored both times as a team Defensive Player of the Week. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#999 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Logan BackhausSouth Dakota State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY SECOND TEAM: Wes Genant, South Dakota St, Sr.,...Genant redshirted while recovering from injuries in 2019...returned to the lineup late in the season and played in three games...started at center in back-to-back games against Illinois State and Northern Iowa. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#38 C) rSr/2022 C Wes GenantSouth Dakota State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FIRST TEAM: LS Bradey Sorenson, South Dakota St, Sr.,...A Yankton native, Sorenson has been a two-time All-America honoree while handling the snapping duties for all the Jackrabbits' special teams units each of the past three seasons. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#999 LS) rSr/2022 LS Bradey SorensonSouth Dakota State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY THIRD TEAM: PR Jaxon Janke, South Dakota St, Soph.,...Janke made an impact both as a wide receiver and punt returner en route to earning Freshman All-America honors in 2019...ranked second on the team with four touchdown receptions and third in both receptions (29) and receiving yards (353)...caught at least one pass in 12 of 13 games...averaged 10.7 yards on 27 punt returns...became first Jackrabbit in the Division I era to top 100 punt return yards in a game, tallying 111 yards on four returns against Long Island, highlighted by a 77-yard touchdown. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#999 WR) rSo/2023 WR Jaxon JankeSouth Dakota State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY THIRD TEAM: Xavier Ward, South Dakota St, Sr.,...Ward ran his streak on consecutive games started to 26 after starting all 13 games for second year in a row in 2019...began season with a string of four consecutive games with at least a half-tackle for loss, including 1.5 TFLs in home opener versus Long Island ...honored as team's Defensive Player of the Week after three-tackle performance versus Drake. - South Dakota State Football

(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Xavier WardSouth Dakota State
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