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  Tucker Kraft made it official on Monday, announcing via social media that he will enter the 2023 NFL Draft instead of returning to South Dakota State. Officially a junior, Kraft could have had two more years after this one, with the extra year granted to players due to the COVID-19 impacted 2020 season. But the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Kraft established himself as one of the top tight ends in all of college football last year, catching 65 passes for 780 yards, and despite missing most of this year's regular season with a foot injury, the Timber Lake native has been impressive enough since returning that it's clear he's capable of being the same player he was before the injury. He's been projected as a top 50 pick, which made Monday's announcement unsurprising. - Sioux Falls Argus Leader

rJr/2023 TE Tucker KraftSouth Dakota State
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  NOV 14 MISSOURI VALLEY PLATER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: WR Jadon Janke, South Dakota State - Janke caught five passes for a career-high 129 yards in South Dakota State's regular season-ending 31-7 victory over Illinois State on Nov. 12. His 51-yard reception on the first play of the second quarter set up the Jackrabbits' first score of the game and he added a 43-yard reception in the third quarter to put SDSU in the red zone. - Missouri Valley Football

rSr/2023 WR Jadon JankeSouth Dakota State
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  NOV 14 MISSOURI VALLEY PLATER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: LB Jason Freeman, South Dakota State - Freeman led a stifling Jackrabbit defense with seven tackles, including a sack, in South Dakota State's 31-7 home victory over Illinois State on Nov. 12. As a team, the Jackrabbits held Illinois State to 100 yards of total offense and limited the Redbirds to seven first downs. - Missouri Valley Football

Jr/2024 OLB Jason FreemanSouth Dakota State
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  Mark Gronowski threw for 283 yards with a touchdown and he added a rushing score, and South Dakota Sate beat Illinois State 31-7 on Saturday to run the table in the Missouri Valley Football Conference for the first time in program history. South Dakota State (10-1, 8-0 Missouri Valley Conference) set a school record for consecutive victories with 10. The previos mark of nine was first set in 1928 and was matched with a streak that carried over between the 1950 (last three games) and 1951 (first six games) seasons. Jadon Janke caught five passes for 139 yards for SDSU, which is the outright conference champion. SDSU announced it set a regular-season average attendance record of 15,561. South Dakota State held Illinois State (5-5, 3-4) to seven first downs and 100 total yards. - South Dakota Sate/AP College Football

rSo/2025 QB Mark GronowskiSouth Dakota State
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  NOV 7 MISSOURI VALLEY SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: K/P Hunter Dustman, South Dakota State, 6-3, 230, Jr., East Bethel, Minn. (St. Francis H.S.),...Dustman tied a career high with three field goals, including the game winner from 26 yards with no time remaining as South Dakota State clinched at least a share of the league title with a 31-28 victory at Northern Iowa on Nov. 5. He put the Jackrabbits on the board with a 23-yard field goal on SDSU's first drive of the game and connected on a career-long 45-yarder to end the first half. In addition, Dustman handled the punting and kickoff duties for the Jackrabbits. He punted six times for an average of 39.7 yards with a long of 50 and recorded touchbacks on four of his five kickoffs. - Missouri Valley Football

Jr/2024 P Hunter DustmanSouth Dakota State
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  NOV 7 MISSOURI VALLEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: RB Isaiah Davis, South Dakota State - Davis totaled 139 all-purpose yards in South Dakota State's 31-28 victory at Northern Iowa on Nov. 5. He rushed 24 times for 105 yards and a touchdown, while tying a career high with five receptions for 34 yards out of the backfield. Davis topped the 100-yard mark in rushing for the fifth time this season and 12th time in his career. - Missouri Valley Football

Jr/2024 RB Isaiah DavisSouth Dakota State
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  NOV 7 MISSOURI VALLEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: DT Caleb Sanders, South Dakota State - Sanders was a disruptive force throughout the day in South Dakota State's 31-28 victory at Northern Iowa on Nov. 5, recording a career-high three sacks among his four total tackles. Sanders' three sacks resulted in a loss of 30 yards and his last sack of 10 yards helped give the Jackrabbits excellent field position to set up their last-second, game-winning field goal. SDSU recorded five sacks on the day and Sanders upped his season total to five sacks to take over the team lead. - Missouri Valley Football

rSr/2023 DT Caleb SandersSouth Dakota State
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  OCT 31 MISSOURI VALLEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: QB Mark Gronowski, South Dakota State - Gronowski completed 22-of-28 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns to lead a balanced Jackrabbit offense in a 49-7 victory over Indiana State on Oct. 29. He connected with eight different receivers, including throwing touchdown passes to Jadon Janke (11 yards), Mike Morgan (2 yards) and Tucker Kraft (21 yards). Gronowski also scored on a 2-yard run as the Jackrabbit first-team offense scored touchdowns on all seven of its drives. - Missouri Valley Football

rSo/2025 QB Mark GronowskiSouth Dakota State
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  OCT 31 MISSOURI VALLEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: LB Jason Freeman, South Dakota State - Freeman tallied a game-high 10 tackles and was credited with a quarterback hurry to pace a South Dakota State defense that turned in another strong performance in a 49-7 victory over Indiana State on Oct. 29. Freeman's 10 tackles also marked a season high. - Missouri Valley Football

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  Isaiah Davis ran for 104 yards and a touchdown and Hunter Dustman kicked a 26-yard field goal on the final play of the game to help South Dakota State beat Northern Iowa 31-28 on Saturday night. South Dakota State (9-1, 7-0 Missouri Valley Conference), ranked No. 1 in the FCS coaches poll, has won nine consecutive games since a 7-3 loss at Iowa in the season opener. Amar Johnson capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive that opened the second half with a 16-yard touchdown run to give South Dakota State a 28-14 lead. After a 53-yard gain on a pass from Theo Day to Sergio Morancy, Day threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Logan Wolf to make it a 7-point game less than three minutes later.

Neither team scored again until Day scored on a 2-yard run with 4:41 to play to make it 28-all. The teams traded punts before Dustman missed a 34-yard field-goal attempt as time expired but a personal foul for leaping over the line moved the ball half the distance to the goal and set up Dustman's short winner. Day completed 16-of-30 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions for Northern Iowa (5-5, 4-3), which had its three-game win streak snapped. - South Dakota State/AP College Football


Jr/2024 RB Isaiah DavisSouth Dakota State
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  Mark Gronowski threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to help South Dakota State ease by Indiana State 49-7 on Saturday. South Dakota State built a 21-0 lead by the 14:13 mark of the second quarter after two short touchdown runs by Isaiah Davis and another by Gronowski. Gronowski's 2-yard touchdown connection with fullback Michael Morgan capped South Dakota State's 21-point quarter for a 35-7 halftime lead. Gronowski started the third with a 21-yard scoring pass to Tucker Kraft. Davis rushed for two touchdowns and Amar Johnson added a team-high 75 yards rushing with a score for South Dakota State (8-1, 6-0 Missouri Valley Conference), which announced an attendance of 19,041. Jadon Janke had 82 yards receiving and a score, and Kraft added 59 yards and a score. Cade Chambers was 11 of 24 for 114 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Indiana State (1-7, 0-5). - South Dakota State/AP College Football

rSo/2025 QB Mark GronowskiSouth Dakota State
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  OCT 24 MISSOURI VALLEY CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: QB Mark Gronowski, South Dakota State, 6-3, 220, So., Naperville, Ill. (Neuqua Valley HS),...Gronowski accounted for a career-high five touchdowns - three passing and two rushing - in South Dakota State's 49-35 road victory at No. 20 North Dakota on Oct. 22. He completed 15-of-20 passes for 197 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown pass to Tucker Kraft late in the first half, followed by scoring tosses of 10 yards to Jaxon Janke and 2 yards to Zach Heins in the third quarter. Gronowski capped a 21-point third quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run, then added a 10-yard rushing TD in the fourth quarter. Gronowski added a 16-yard reception that set up his first rushing touchdown. - Missouri Valley Football

rSo/2025 QB Mark GronowskiSouth Dakota State
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  OCT 24 MISSOURI VALLEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: WR/KR Jadon Janke, South Dakota State - Janke jump-started a 21-point third quarter for South Dakota State with a pair of key returns at No. 20 North Dakota on Oct. 22. He returned the second-half kickoff 28 yards to give the Jackrabbits good field position and then returned a punt 58 yards to the UND 8 to set up the go-ahead score. In addition to his special teams play, Janke caught five passes for 86 yards and completed a pass to quarterback Mark Gronowski for a 16-yard gain later in the third quarter. - Missouri Valley Football

rSr/2023 WR Jadon JankeSouth Dakota State
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  OCT 24 MISSOURI VALLEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: LB Isaiah Stalbird, South Dakota State - Stalbird shared game-high honors with eight tackles and recovered a fumble in the decisive third quarter to help lead South Dakota State to a 49-35 victory at No. 20 North Dakota on Oct. 22. All eight of Stalbird's tackles were solo stops, including one for loss, and his 8-yard fumble return set up the third of SDSU's three touchdowns in the third quarter. In addition, Stalbird broke up a pass on fourth down later in the third quarter to end another UND drive. - Missouri Valley Football

Sr/2023 FS Isaiah StalbirdSouth Dakota State
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  Mark Gronowski threw three touchdown passes and he ran for two scores, and South Dakota State dominated the second half in beating North Dakota 49-35 on Saturday for its seventh straight victory. South Dakota State (7-1, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference) trailed 21-7 late in the second quarter and 21-14 at halftime. Gronowski led three third-quarter touchdown drives, connecting with Jaxon Janke from 10-yards out and Zach Heins from the 2. He also had a 1-yard scramble. Gronowski's 10-yard scoring run in the fourth made it 35 unanswered points for a 42-21 lead. He finished 15 of 20 for 197 yards and he carried it six times for 20 yards. South Dakota State intercepted Tommy Schuster two times. Schuster was 27 of 39 for 291 yards and a touchdown for North Dakota (4-3, 3-2). North Dakota blocked a SDSU punt and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown with 1:10 to play, but UND recovered the onside kick. - South Dakota State/AP College Football

rSo/2025 QB Mark GronowskiSouth Dakota State
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