MVFC Summer Preview: South Dakota State

2015 South Dakota State Jackrabbits
Head Coach: John Stiegelmeier, 18th season (120-86)
2014 Record: 9-5 (5-3), 4th MVFC

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Team Statistics (League Rank)
Scoring Offense: 31.8 (4th)
Scoring Defense: 25.4 (6th)
Total Offense: 435.1 (2nd)
Rushing Offense: 177.1 (5th)
Passing Offense: 258.0 (2nd)
Total Defense: 375.9 (T-4th)
Rushing Defense: 183.7 (8th)
Passing Defense: 192.1 (2nd)

Schedule
Sept. 5 – at Kansas, 11 am
Sept. 12 – Southern Utah, 6 pm
Sept. 26 – Robert Morris, 5 pm
Oct. 3 – North Dakota State, 6 pm
Oct. 10 – Indiana State, 6 pm
Oct. 17 – at Youngstown State, 3 pm
Oct. 24 – Northern Iowa, 2 pm
Oct. 31 – at Missouri State, 2 pm
Nov. 7 – Illinois State, 2 pm
Nov. 14 – at South Dakota, 1 pm
Nov. 21 – at Western Illinois, 1 pm

Post-Season History
FCS Championships: None
FCS Playoff Appearances: 4
Playoff Record: 3-4
Last Trip: 2014

Preview: With the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium just over a year away from opening against Drake, the Jackrabbit faithful have a lot to be excited about in the meantime. South Dakota State has posted 9 wins in three consecutive seasons while advancing to the post-season each year (2012-14)…In 2014, junior Zach Lujan (Anchorage, AK) gained on the job experience while completing 61% of his passes (147-241) and throwing for 1943 yards and 13 scores. Sophomore Brady Mengarelli (Prescott, AZ) will have big shoes to fill while trying to duplicate the success that Zach Zenner had a year ago (2019 rushing yards, 22 TDs). Mengarelli ran for 332 yards for an average of 5.4 yards per tote…On the outside, Jake Wieneke (Maple Grove, MN) and Trevor Wesley (Oro Valley, AZ) are both back in the fold. Wieneke led the ‘Rabbits with 73 catches for 1404 yards (16 TDs). Wesley finished third on the team in receptions (35) and yards (427)…The secondary will be a strength of the defense as they return a number of contributors including Je Ryan Butler (Tempe, AZ), Trey Carr (Omaha, NE), Nick Mears (Milbank, SD) and Jimmie Forsythe (Omaha, NE). Butler picked off 2 passes while deflecting 10 balls. Carr finished with 2 interceptions and 10 breakups. Mears tallied 96 tackles while breaking up 6 passes. Forsythe finished the season with 51 defensive stops. Both Carr and Forsythe both attended the same high school – Burke. At linebacker, senior T.J. Lally (Chicago, IL) led the team with 117 tackles last year. Also back is Jesse Bobbit (Palatine, IL), who was involved in 90 tackles (36 solo).

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