Eight members of the South Dakota State University football team, including three first-team honorees, were named Wednesday to the 2020-21 Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Academic Team.
Leading the Jackrabbit contingent was offensive lineman Wes Genant, who honored on the first team for the third time. A senior from Parkston, Genant has compiled a 3.89 grade-point average while majoring in biochemistry and pre-medicine.
SDSU’s two other first-team selections were starting linebackers Logan Backhaus and Preston Tetzlaff. Backhaus, a senior from Spirit Lake, Iowa, moved up from the second team in 2019 after posting a 3.65 GPA as a human biology major, while Tetzlaff earned a first-team spot with a 3.92 GPA in business economics. A Brookings native, Tetzlaff was an honorable mention selection to the squad as a junior in 2019.
Second-team honors went to offensive lineman Aron Johnson. A native of Chisago City, Minnesota, Johnson has recorded a 3.86 GPA in pharmacy.
Four other Jackrabbits received honorable recognition: kicker Cole Frahm, wide receiver Jaxon Janke, offensive lineman Mason McCormick and defensive end Reece Winkelman.
League sports information directors voted on the team by designating 11 players for first-team honors and 11 for second-team recognition. Nominees must be starters or key reserves and carry at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average.They must have participated in at least 50 percent of his team’s regular season games.
Additionally, nominees must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing, and must have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. True freshmen, redshirt freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible.
A total of 82 MVFC student-athletes were nominated for the awards this season.