(From the SDSU sports desk)
ST. LOUIS – South Dakota State redshirt freshmen Logan Backhaus and Cade Johnson were named Tuesday to the 22-member 2017 Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team. Selections were determined by a vote among the league’s coaches, sports information directors and a media panel.
A linebacker from Spirit Lake, Iowa, Backhaus started nine games during the regular season and ranked seventh on the team with 39 total tackles, including four tackles for loss and a sack. He also contributed two interceptions, broke up two passes and forced a fumble.
Johnson, a native of Papillion, Nebraska, finished the regular season as the league’s top kick returner with an average of 24.9 yards on 25 attempts, including a 95-yard return for touchdown versus Drake. A two-time MVFC Newcomer of the Week, Johnson also saw extensive action at wide receiver, ranking third on the squad with 21 receptions for 314 yards and two touchdowns.
South Dakota State finished the regular season with a 9-2 overall record and tied for second in the MVFC with a 6-2 mark. The Jackrabbits are seeded fifth in the FCS playoffs and will host Northern Iowa in second-round action Dec. 2 at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.