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Zenner Gaining Big Yards for the Jacks

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  In South Dakota State's season opener at Big 12 Kansas, sophmore Zach Zenner broke off this 99-yard run, the longest play from scrimmage in program history.

  "Since we're in the season now, I haven't really looked back.  Maybe at the end I'l say that was something.  But I'm just thinking about the next game now." says Zenner.  

  The long runs didn't stop there, Zenner has also had TD runs of 87, 60, and 57 yards, and he leads the FCS in rushing average with just over 180 yards a game.

   "What hasn't surprised me is how well he's done, he's a straight forward runner."  What has surprised me are the long runs, he seems to break off a long run every game." says Jacks head coach John Stiegelmeier.

   While Zenner has put up the big numbers, a winning season is what he's most proud of at this point.

  "When you win it makes it easier to look back at mistakes and fix things." says Zenner.

   South Dakota State was the only Division One school who recruited Zenner.  He did see the Jacks play at Minnesota before the offer was made.

 "I hadn't heard of the Jackrabbits until that game.  Then I got to know the coaches, and it was kind of ironic." says Zenner.  

  And the player who's averaging 7 and a half yards a carry, knows there's a lot of carries left, and a lot of improvement to be made in his Jackrabbit career.

 "Just need to work hard every day and in the offseason, and keep running hard." says Zenner 

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