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South Dakota State Jackrabbits football

South Dakota State Jackrabbits
40px2014 South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team
First season 1900
Athletic director Justin Sell
Head coach John Stiegelmeier
17th year, 108–80–0 (.574)
Home stadium Coughlin-Alumni Stadium
Year built 1962
Stadium capacity 15,000
Stadium surface Grass
Location Brookings, South Dakota
Conference Missouri Valley Football
Past conferences NCC (1922–2003), Great West (2004–2007)
All-time record 557–443–38 (.555)
Postseason bowl record 0–0–0 (–)
Conference titles

North Central Conference Championships (14)

1922, 1924, 1925, 1933, 1939, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963

Great West Conference Championships (1)

Heisman winners 0
Consensus All-Americans 0

Blue and Yellow

Fight song Ring the Bell
Mascot Jack Rabbit
Rivals North Dakota State University (Dakota Marker)
Website Jackrabbit Football

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits football team is a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA) program that competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Jackrabbits were a Division II program in the North Central Conference until moving to Football Championship Subdivision in 2004. The current head coach is John Stiegelmeier. In March 2007, SDSU was accepted into the Missouri Valley Football Conference and began league play in the 2008 season.

Players in the National Football League

A total of 33 Jackrabbits have played for NFL teams, including eight currently:

28 Jackrabbits have been drafted in the NFL Draft. Jim Langer is the only Jackrabbit, and the only North Central Conference football player, to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Record versus Missouri Valley Football Conference

  • Records current as of December 2013.
Rival Record (W-L-T) Winning Percentage
Illinois State 2–3–0 .400
Indiana State 5–2–0 .714
Missouri State 6–1–0 .857
North Dakota State 40–58–5 .412
Northern Iowa 19–28–1 .406
South Dakota 50–50–7 .500
Southern Illinois 3–3–0 .500
Western Illinois 8–4–0 .666
Youngstown State 10–6–0 .625

Head coaches

# Name Tenure
1 Mr. Morrison 1900
2 L.L. Gilkey 1901
3 J. Harrison Werner 1903
4 William Blaine 1904
5 William Juneau 1905–1908
6 J.M. Saunderson 1909–1910
7 Frederick Johnson 1911
8 Harry "Buck" Ewing 1912–1917
9 no football 1918
10 C.A. "Jack" West 1919–1927
11 T.C. "Cy" Kasper 1928–1933
12 R.H. "Red" Threlfall 1934–1937
13 Jack Barnes 1938–1940
14 Thurlo McCrady 1941–1946
15 Ralph Ginn 1947–1968
16 Dave Kragthorpe 1969
17 Dean Pryor 1970–1971
18 John Gregory 1972–1981
19 Wayne Haensel 1982–1990
20 Mike Daly 1991–1996
21 John Stiegelmeier 1997–


In 2014, South Dakota State University started construction of a new stadium on the location of the current Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. The new stadium will have seating for 19,340 with easy expansion to 22,500. The Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex is the Jackrabbits new State-of-the-art indoor practice facility. The facility was opened on October 11th, 2014. The SJAC has bleacher seating for up to 1,000 spectators and can be used for football practice, track practice, softball and baseball practice, track competitions, and other events within the SDSU athletic department. The 149,284-square foot facility is the largest indoor practice facility in Division I athletics and features an eight-lane, 300-meter track which is only one of five collegiate indoor tracks of that size in the nation. Inside the track is an 80-yard football field plus end zones at each end and is composed of a soy-based Astroturf. Within the facility it has areas for sports medicine and strength and conditioning. Sports medicine features include rehab space, a training room, weight room expansion, hydrotherapy, a football team room, offices and academic advising facilities.

All-Time statistical leaders

Single-game leaders

  • Passing Yards: Dan Fjeldheim (460, 9-28-2002)
  • Rushing Yards: Zach Zenner (295 twice, 11-24-2012, 9-7-2013)
  • Receiving Yards: Jeff Tiefenthaler (256, 9-27-1986)

Single-Season leaders

  • Passing Yards: Brad Nelson (3,141 2003)
  • Rushing Yards: Josh Ranek - (2,055 1999)
  • Receiving Yards: Jeff Tiefenthaler (1,534 1986)

Career leaders

  • Passing Yards: Austin Sumner - (9,458 2011–2014)
  • Rushing Yards: Josh Ranek - (6,744 1997-2001)
  • Receiving Yards: Jeff Tiefenthaler (3,621 1983-1986)

Media coverage

All home and road games are covered on the Jackrabbit Sports Network. The broadcast range of the Jackrabbit Sports Network covers eight states (South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, and Wyoming), and consists of the following stations:

The team does not have an official television partner, but Jackrabbit games have been televised on Midco Sports Net, Fox College Sports, the Big Ten Network, Fox Sports North, and local television networks.

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