Wrapping up Spring Ball 2019

With the 2019 Jackrabbit Spring Game set for tomorrow, I thought it would be a good time to look at the overall roster, depth chart, and see who has shined this spring.

Christian Rozeboom and Ryan Earith are two of the best defenders returning to the Jackrabbit defense in 2019.  The senior duo has started for 3 years and will make it a forth this fall.  This spring they were both forced to watch as they recovered from minor off season surgery.  In a way, this has been good as it has given younger guys a chance to step-up and and gain valuable reps.

On the defensive line, Xavier Ward has had an outstanding spring.  He's being more vocal, physical, and playing with a nastiness that the coaches hadn't seen before.  Obviously, Krockett Krolikowski is still recovering from the injury he suffered in the 2018 playoffs but he hopes to return to the lineup early in the season.  Caleb Sanders has built off of a strong true freshman season and continues to exhibit the quick twit…

Jackrabbit Mens Basketball All D1 Team

I realize I don't write much about either of the basketball teams but Mike Daum reaching 3,000 points makes me realize how lucky we have been to see some great basketball the last 10 years.  For fun, I put together my Jackrabbit All-D1 lineup.  I'd love to hear your thoughts and who you think belongs on this list.

1st Team:
PG: Nate Wolters
SG: Deondre Parks
SF: Reed Tellinghuisen
PF: Mike Daum
C: Cody Larson

I think you would be hard pressed to find another mid-major school who could build a better starting five (not counting Gonzaga) in the last dozen years.  Wolters, Parks, and Daum could/can score however they want while Tellinghuisen and Larson filled the stat sheet in so many other ways.  Wolters and Parks have enjoyed stellar international playing careers while Tellinghuisen passed on that opportunity and chose to get into the coaching ranks.  Daum may get drafted and if not will certainly get an opportunity in the Summer League which should turn into a training camp in…

2019 Roster

The Jacks return 8 of 11 starters offensively.  Quarterback, left guard and right tackle are the three positions that are up for grabs.  Whoever wins the starting quarterback job will step into a loaded offense.

*Note that returning starters are bolded

QB: Kanin Nelson (Jr), Justin Roberts (Sr), J'Bore Gibbs (rFr), Matt Connors (rFr)
2019 Signing Class: Kurt Walding (ASU Transfer), Keaton Heide and Karst Hunter

RB: MIKEY DANIEL (Sr), Pierre Strong (So), CJ Wilson (So), Blair Mulholland (Jr), Jefferson Lee IV (rFr)
2019 Signing Class: Devin Blakley

FB: LUKE SELLERS (Sr), Turner Blasius (Sr), Mike Morgan (rFr)
2019 Signing Class: Payton Madison

Obviously everyone is watching the quarterback battle to see what happens.  I have zero insight on how it will shake out.  I think adding Walding to the mix provides some very interesting competition.  He has never been a full time starter but he has been really good when given the opportunity.  I'm curious to see how J…

2019 Winter Commits

Edited on 2/4/19 to reflect new commitments.

The early signing period came and went for the Jackrabbit football team in December.  At that time the Jacks signed 23 student athletes (For full details on the group that signed in December, see this post).  However, while the bulk of the class was signed, Dan Jackson, SDSU recruiting coordinator shared that, "We will look to add a handful of difference makers in the spring signing period."  Signing day is February 6th.  The Jacks have been adding talent since the end of the year and stand at nine commits.  Lets take a look at who is all on board.

Michael Drotzmann- Punter, 6'3, 190- Yankton, South Dakota
Bringing in the New Year with some exciting news. I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at South Dakota State University. Big thanks to @HolyNutmeg and @CoachEidsness and the rest of the coaches for the opportunity. — Michael Drotzmann (@MichaelDrotz) December 31,…

2019 Prospect: Nouri Nouili

We are on the homestretch of the 2019 recruiting class.  With just less than two weeks left the Jackrabbit coaches are scouring the US looking for the top talent.  One of the most interesting prospects that the coaches have offered is Nouredin (Nouri) Nouili.

Had a great time with @Coach_Eck from @GoJacksFB
Thank you for coming down for a home — Nouredin Nouili (@Nouri_79) January 23, 2019 I had the chance to visit with Nouili Wednesday night to find out a little bit about this dominant offensive lineman.  Nouri shared that he is a German exchange student who was born and raised in Frankfurt.  Nouri played seven years of soccer and played two years of organized football before arriving in Firth, Nebraska to compete at Norris High School.  At Norris he played on the offensive line, defensive line, and served as the punter for half the season after an injury to the regular punter. His highlight is filled with pancakes, punishing tackles, and even…

Football Signing Day: Dec 2018

This is one of my favorite Jackrabbit sports days of the year.  The season opener, Hobo Day, and when players report for fall camp are probably the only days that rank higher for me. Here are the players who SDSU football signed today.  This group started to come together in June after Prospect Camp and then filled in until now.  Tucker Kraft was the first verbal and Jarod DePriest was the most recent.  I would expect the Jacks to add 3-5 more student athletes on the February 6th signing period.  A priority position has got to be running back.  It is a position where you want to bring in a player or two every class.  Regardless, lets celebrate the kids who committed today.  Plenty of change can happen between now and graduation but this is an exciting day today for these student athletes.  Welcome to the Jackrabbit family!

*Please note, offers listed are from what student athletes either posted on Twitter or told me.


Keaton Heide- Quarterback- 6'3, 190- Plymouth, Minnesota …

3 Matchups to Watch: NDSU Playoffs

It is weird sending this out on a Thursday and not its usual scheduled Friday time.  This has just been a weird week.  However, I'm glad the game is almost here because of how anxious I feel.  Not sure I could stand another day.  With that said, here are the matchups SDSU must win to ensure a victory. 

3 Matchups to Watch

1. SDSU defense on 3rd Down vs. Easton Stick
SDSU has some playoff demons in Fargo related to 3rd and long.  In the same breath, SDSU struggled on 3rd down earlier this season in Fargo.  Stick rushed 15 times for 63 yards and a TD.  If the Jacks are able to limit Sticks effectiveness on 3rd down (with his legs especially) then they give themselves a great chance to win.  If the Jacks can keep Stick in the pocket so that he has to make the plays with his arm I think the chances of SDSU go up significantly.

2. Evan Greeneway vs. Greg Menard
In the first matchup this season, Greeneway did great for most of the game but struggled on one possession .  Menard finished wi…