KNOW THE OPPONENT: South Dakota State

Sep 3, 2016; Fort Worth, TX, USA; South Dakota State Jackrabbits quarterback Taryn Christion (3) throws under pressure by TCU Horned Frogs defensive tackle Aaron Curry (95) during the second half on an NCAA football game at Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU won 59-41. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Each Thursday during the football season, we will help you get to know Iowa State’s opponent with a collection of notes, videos and links. We begin this week with South Dakota State, who enter the game ranked No. 3 in the FCS.


*** Here are the South Dakota State game notes with facts and statistics about the Jackrabbits.

*** Two of the most important players on South Dakota State’s defense are Iowa natives. (Argus Leader)

*** Here is a look at how the Jackrabbits are viewing the start of Iowa State’s 2018 season from the outside. (Argus Leader)

*** South Dakota State is facing the task of replacing two of its best offensive weapons in school history. (Argus Leader)

*** Adam Vinitari’s nephew — Chase — is the Jackrabbits’ place-kicker. Seriously. (Argus Leader)

*** Here is a breakdown of South Dakota State’s two-deep. (Argus Leader)


*** South Dakota State head coach John Stiegelmeier breaks down the Jackrabbits’ season-opener and the conclusion of fall camp.


*** 11 players on South Dakota State’s roster hail from the state of Iowa.

– Caleb Sanders, Defensive Tackle, Freshman, Glenwood

– Eagan Lickiss, Offensive Line, Sophomore, Indianola

– Brandon Snyder, Safety, Senior, Larchwood

– Jaeden Snyder, Linebacker, Freshman, Larchwood

– Josh Fenske, Linebacker, Freshman, New Hampton

– Garret Greenfield, Offensive Line, Freshman, Rock Valley

– Ryan Van Marel, Defensive Tackle, Freshman, Sheldon

– Christian Rozeboom, Linebacker, Junior, Sioux Center

– Trajan Walhof, Defensive Tackle, Freshman, Sioux Center

– Chase Kern, Defensive End, Senior, Sioux City

– Logan Backhaus, Linebacker, Sophomore, Spirit Lake

*** South Dakota State quarterback Taryn Christion is a two-time finalist for the Walter Payton Award, given to the best player in FCS football.

*** Linebacker Christian Rozeboom was a consensus All-American in 2017.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.