A look back at Jack’s football 2002

Adam Zobel

Adam Zobel

Kevin Brown was the lone SDSU selection to the first-team all-NCC football team as a return specialist.

Four SDSU players were named to the second team and three players received honorable mention recognition by the NCC.

Brown, a junior from Commerce City, Colo., was the team’s top return specialist this season as he averaged 28.4 yards per kick return and 11.8 yards per punt return.

He scored one touchdown on a 100-yard kickoff return during the season finale.

Brown was also named to the second-team as a defensive back.

Other second-team all-NCC players from SDSU were quarterback Dan Fjeldheim, running back Scott Nedved, and offensive lineman Ben Studer.

Jackrabbit players receiving honorable mention recognition were wide receiver Josh Davis, defensive lineman Shane Delbridge, and linebacker Chris Coauette.

The SDSU Jackrabbit football team concluded their season this past month with a 6-4 overall season record and a 4-4 mark in the NCC, good for a fourth-place tie. They had a 5-1 home record and a 1-3 mark on the road.

Fjeldheim was the leader of the Jackrabbit offense as he threw for 2663 yards and 14 touchdowns with a completion rate of 63.5%.

He was sacked 29 times and threw nine interceptions.

Despite being hampered by injury much of the season, Scott Nedved still led the Jackrabbits in rushing with 692 yards on 143 carries.

He also had 22 catches for 207 yards out of the backfield. His 13 rushing touchdowns were the most for any NCC running back.

Other SDSU rushing contributors were Walter Dosh with 184 yards and James O’ Neill with 172 yards.

O’ Neill did not see action during the season’s final month due to injury.

The receiving corps was led by Davis’s 70 catches for 732 yards and six touchdowns. Davis’s 70 receptions were tied for first in the NCC.

Other significant targets for Fjeldheim included Jeff Hesse with 48 receptions for 563 yards and Solomon Johnson with 36 receptions for 490 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, safety Scott Connot led the way with 78 tackles, 46 of which were solo tackles.

Coauette and linebacker PhilOksness each had 65 tackles. Defensive end Dallas Clarksean led the Jacks in sacks with five while Coauette was tops in tackles for loss with eight and a half.

Brown and Coauette led the team in interceptions with three apiece. Brown also broke up 19 passes.

Joe Ford had the team’s only defensive score of the season with a touchdown on an interception return during the season opener.

Keith Witt was 13-of-25 on field goal attempts with a long of 47 yards and 26-of-30 on extra point tries for a total of 65 points, second on the team to Nedved’s 78 points.

Jason Langland averaged 39.4 yards per punt with a long kick of 65 yards.

He placed 10 punts inside the 20 and had two punts blocked.

The SDSU offense averaged 102 yards rushing and 266.3 yards passing per game while the defense allowed an average of 149.7 yards rushing and 219.5 yards passing per game.

SDSU outscored their opponents an average of 26.7 to 22.4 points per game with State have a higher average scoring output during each quarter.

The Jacks had a conversion rate of 39% on third down and a rate of 42% on fourth down.

SDSU opponents made #8% of third downs and 50% of fourth downs. SDSU had an average time of possession deficit of only 36 seconds.

Penalties were a struggle for SDSU all season as they averaged nine penalties per game with an average of 78.8 yards lost per game.

Key offensive seniors that will be leaving SDSU include Fjeldheim, Nedved, offensive lineman Ben Fast, and fullback Craig Martinmass.

Defensive seniors include Delbridge, linebacker Brandon Thiesse, linebacker Jeff Schultz, Oksness and defensive back Frank Blalark

The total attendance at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium for six home dates was 35,804, for an average of about 5,967 attendees per game.