After winning a program-record 11 games, while advancing to the FCS semifinals, expectations are high for the SDSU football team.
SDSU qualified for the FCS playoffs for a sixth straight season last fall, advancing to the semifinals for the first time in program history. With national championship ambitions, the Jackrabbits will rely on the program’s all-time leader in offensive production, quarterback Taryn Christion.
“What I enjoy most about Taryn is his leadership and his calm spirit. I know he’s very intense but he doesn’t make people nervous with his intensity,” Head Coach John Stiegelmeier said.
“He’s the one you want leading your offense. He makes the correct reads, he’s going to put you in the right spots to make plays,” Sophomore Wide Receiver Cade Johnson said.
The Jacks lost six starters on offense, including Dallas Goedert and Jake Wieneke, but they’re confident the “O” won’t miss a beat, despite a different look.
“Guys run routes differently, have different size, different speed so of course throwing to people is different that way. Different timing whether they’re faster, taller, bigger, stronger, or whatever it is, you just adjust,” Senior Quarterback Taryn Christion said.
SDSU returns 7 defensive starters with All-American Linebacker Christian Rozeboom and preseason All-American corner Jordan Brown leading the way. The Jacks also added Iowa transfer Brandon Snyder to the roster, who’s impressed his new team.
“It’s no different. It’s absolutely no different talent wise. The culture here is incredible. They practice so hard here and I love it,” Senior Safety Brandon Snyder said.
The Jacks hope all these pieces can lead them to a national championship.
“We’ve put in a lot of work over the years to get where we are now we just got to do whatever we need to do to take that extra step,” Christion said.
SDSU opens the regular season Saturday, September 1st at Iowa State. Kickoff is set for 7:00.