Christion coming up big at QB after having redshirt pulled

AUSTIN HAMM Sports Editor

After leading the South Dakota State football team to their second win in as many starts as a true freshman, Taryn Christion is this week’s Collegian Sports Athlete of the Week. 

Christion completed 8-of-14 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown, and also gained 75 yards on the ground this Saturday against Youngstown State. He scored on a 70-yard run early in the fourth quarter for the middle of three second-half touchdowns for the Jackrabbits.

The Sioux Falls native got his first start in place of the injured Zach Lujan two weeks ago at home against Indiana State, and threw for 221 yards and a score, while adding 99 yards and a 12 yard touchdown run on the ground.

Christion was named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week after both games, and was also the STATS National Freshman of the Week following the Indiana State game.

The nationally ranked Jackrabbits, 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the MVFC, host Northern Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 24. Kickoff for the annual Hobo Day game is set for 2 p.m. at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.