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Bryan Witzmann earns first team All-American honors at South Dakota State

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Three South Dakota State football student-athletes, including repeat first-team selections Bryan Witzmann and Zach Zenner, were named Wednesday to The Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team.

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Witzmann, a senior offensive tackle who graduated from Somerset High School, 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.

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.

Rounding out the Jackrabbits’ All-America selections was senior cornerback Winston Wright, who earned third-team honors. A native of Lee’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.

The complete Sports Network FCS All-America team can be viewed at:

http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/stat/IAA-2013-team.htm

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Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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