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State's Sumner using experience to win

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There are a few certainties in Brookings on game day. Fans will be loud, seats will be packed, and Austin Sumner will be under center.

"I learned years ago if you want a guy to come back with experience, it is your quarterback," South Dakota State Head Coach, John Stiegelmeier said.

Sumner does have experience.  The junior has been the quarterback at SDSU since his freshman year.

"He was nervous when he first took the reigns, a little shaky," State defensive lineman, Chase Douglas said about his college and high school teammate. "Each year he has gotten more vocal, felt his presence more by other guys, and they listen to him."

Sumner, will also be the first to tell you, he has come a long way since his freshman year.

"My knowledge, what I need to know each game, my preparation has come a long way," The quarterback said. "I learned what to look for and how to attack a defense."

Attacking opposing defenses has been one of Sumner's strong suits.  He has passed for more yards than anybody else to put on a yellow and blue jersey.

"If you want to be good you have to put in work," Sumner mentioned. "I went to Sanford, put in extra times with the receivers. If you want to be good, you have to put in the extra work.  It has paid off."

While seeing his name in the record books is nice, Sumner doesn't want to leave state without something he can put his hands on.

"I just want a couple of rings. One, two, I just want some jewelry."

If Sumner and the Jackrabbits keep winning like they have been, getting that jewelry should be no problem for Sumner.


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