South Dakota State’s offense last season was one of the best in the FCS. Quarterback Austin Sumner returns to lead a dynamic crew.
Sumner threw for 2,382 passing yards last season, an average of 238 yards per game and 16 touchdowns as a freshman. He created a new league record for quarterbacks in passing yards. Sumner was intercepted nine times on the year and sacked 23 times. He started the last eight games of the season. Sumner eclipsed the 300-yard mark five times and tossed for four touchdowns on three-different times.
Wide receiver Aaron Rollin returns as the top pass catcher. Rollin totaled 61 receptions for 906 yards and seven touchdowns. He is 20 receptions and 387 receiving yards away from moving into the Jackrabbits top 10 receivers. Brandon Hubert and Jason Schneider also come back for the Jackrabbits.
Senior running back Tyrel Kool last season rushed for 534 yards. This number needs to increase in order for the Jackrabbits to improve upon a 5-6 mark last season. Kool has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and breaking loose at any moment.
South Dakota State was best in the conference last year in passing, yet was around the cellar in rushing the ball. The Jackrabbits have the horses to improve upon this, just need a more balanced attack from the start.