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    SDSU FB: Three Jackrabbits Make Headlines in First Weekend of NFL Season

    Dallas Goedert (Philadelphia Eagles) SDSU: 2014-17
    Weekly Notes: Goedert played 17 snaps on offense and another six snaps on special teams in his NFL regular season debut on Thursday night, an 18-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The South Dakota State alum caught one ball for four yards on three total targets throughout the night.

    His first career target came in the second quarter with 7:43 left to play. It was a deep vertical pass along the right sideline from quarterback Nick Foles into the endzone. Goedert brought in the 19-yard pass on first down, but could only manage one foot in-bounds. The Eagles settled for a field goal, tying the game at three all.

    On his second target, the tight end brought in his first career catch in the NFL - a four-yard grab on the shallow right side of the field. It was the first play of their second drive in the third quarter with 10:11 to play, down 6-3.

    In the fourth quarter, up 10-6 with 10:45 left to play, Foles looks for the Goedert down the left hash but he gets hit as soon as he catches it and the ball juggles into the air just long enough for it to be intercepted.

    Up Next: At Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sunday, Sept. 16 at noon CT)

    Season Notes: Nearly grabbed his first career pass as a touchdown in the first game of the NFL regular season (vs. Falcons, Sept. 6) - 19-yard pass attempt down the right sideline where Goedert caught it but was only get one foot in the endzone ... recorded his first career catch in the third quarter, a four-yard grab against the Falcons (Sept. 6) ... has played 17 offensive snaps (six special teams) and had three targets for one catch and four yards through one game ... 2018 Preseason: scored his first touchdown in his debut preseason game, a 31-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers (Aug. 9) ... his most catches (four) and receiving yards (66) came in his preseason debut against the Steelers while his longest catch (28) came against the New England Patriots (Aug. 16) ... has gathered nine catches for 149 yards and one touchdown through three preseason games (132 offensive plays).

    Adam Vinatieri (Indianapolis Colts) SDSU: 1991-94
    Weekly Notes: Vinatieri scored 11 points, going three-for-four on field goal attempts and adding two extra-points in the 34-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon.

    He made field goals of 21, 38, and 51 yards, and fell short of a 55-yard attempt at the end of the third quarter.

    The South Dakota State alum tied the game in the first quarter at three (21-yard attempt), then helped take a 16-10 lead into halftime - making a 38-yarder and a 51-yarder, and a point-after attempt.

    In the second half, he added another point-after to help take a 23-10 lead with 8:13 left in the third. His 55-yard attempt was on fourth-and-14 at the Bengals' 37-yard line.

    Up Next: At Washington Redskins (Sunday, Sept. 16 at noon CT)

    Season Notes: Vinatieri has gone 3-for-4 on field goal attempts and 2-for-2 on extra-point attempts, scoring 11 points, at the start of the 2018 NFL regular season ... tied for eighth overall in scoring in the NFL, tied for second in scoring among kickers through one game ... has makes of: 21, 38, 51 yards and missed a 55-yard (short) ... Preseason: has gone 4-for-4 on field goal attempts with a season-best 57-yard field goal against the Ravens (Aug. 20) and 2-for-2 extra-point attempts through two preseason games ... has made field goals from 33, 45, 51, and 57 yards out so far.

    Career Notes: Has played in 338 games (1996-05 - NE Patriots, 2006-present - IND Colts) prior to the 2018 season, making 562-of-667 field goals (84.2%) with a long of 57 yards in 2002 ... four-time Super Bowl winning place kicker ... two-time pro-bowl starter ... two-time all-pro team selection ... nominated as the NFL 2000's All-Decade team ... he has several NFL records including: most seasons with 100+ points (20 - 1996-2008, 2010, 2012-2017), most postseason field goals in a career (56), most consecutive games in a single postseason with 3-plus field goals (4), most career points in postseason (234), most points in a single postseason (49), most field goals in a single postseason (14), most field goals in Super Bowls (7), most extra points in Super Bowls (13), most field goals in overtime (12), most consecutive field goals in NFL history (44), most Super Bowl wins by a place kicker (4), most Super Bowl appearances by a place kicker (5), most playoff games by a place kicker (30), which also ranks 2nd of any position (Tom Brady has 37).

    Bryan Witzmann (Kansas City Chiefs) SDSU: 2010-13
    Weekly Notes: Witzmann joined the Minnesota Vikings after the team placed offensive linemen Aviante Collins on the reserved/injured list. He worked out with the team on Friday and officially signed on Monday, Sept. 10.

    Up Next: At Green Bay Packers (Sunday, Sept. 16 at noon CT)

    Season Notes: Signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, Sept. 10 after working out with the team on Friday ... waived by the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, Sept. 3 ... preseason: with the Kansas City Chiefs ... the Chiefs' offense has tallied 799 offensive yards with Witzmann, including 11 scoring drives that have resulted in 60 of the 98 points scored through the four preseason games ... has competed in 152 plays as the second-string offensive guard and tackle.

    Career Notes: Witzmann signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in May, 2014 ... He was placed on injured reserve in August, 2014 and in September, 2015, Witzmann was waived by the Texans ... In September, 2015, Witzmann was signed to the New Orleans Saints' practice squad ... He was released by the Saints in November, 2015 but was re-signed in December ... He signed a futures contract with the Saints in January, 2016 and was waived in May, 2016 ... In June, 2016, Witzmann signed with the Dallas Cowboys and was released by the Cowboys in September, 2016 ... He was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs in September, 2016 ... In July, 2017, he signed a one-year contract extension with the Chiefs through 2018 ... In 2017, Witzmann played in all 16 games, starting 13 at left guard for the Chiefs ... during the 2017 season, the Chiefs had 6,007 total offensive yards (ranking fifth in yards per game) including, 1,903 rushing yards (ninth in the league) and 4,104 passing yards (seventh in the league) ... they scored 42 touchdowns - 12 rushing and 26 passing (25.9 points per game - sixth in the NFL).

    Zach Zenner (Detriot Lions) SDSU: 2011-14
    Weekly Notes: Zenner was placed on the reserve/injured list on Sept. 1.

    The team lost to the New York Jets, 48-17, on Monday night.

    Up Next: At San Francisco 49ers (Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3:05 p.m. CT)

    Season Notes: Zenner was placed on the reserve/injured list on Sept. 1 ... preseason: is has been has tallied nine rushing attempts for 16 yards with a long of seven yards and one catch for 11 yards (against the New York Giants, Aug. 17) through the preseason games ... has tallied 36 offensive plays and 31 special teams plays.

    Career Notes: The Detroit Lions signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2015 ... In May, 2015, the Detroit Lions signed him to a three-year deal ... In 2015, Zenner entered training camp competing for the fourth running back on the Lions' depth chart ... He ultimately won the position, leading the NFL in rushing yards during the preseason, and went into the regular season as the fourth backup ... made his professional regular season debut in the Lions' season opener at the San Diego Chargers, finishing with two carries for six rushing yards ... On Oct. 12, 2015, Zenner earned his first career start and had a season-high ten carries for 30 rushing yards against the Arizona Cardinals ... On Oct. 16, 2016, he earned his first start of the season and finished with a career-high 14 rushing attempts for 58 rushing yards and caught two passes for 14 receiving yards during a 31-28 victory over the Los Angeles Rams ... The following week, he scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard run in the third quarter of a 20-17 win against the Washington Redskins ... On December 26, 2016, in a Monday Night Football game, Zenner had 12 carries for 67 rushing yards and a career-high two rushing touchdowns in the first half of the Lions' 21-42 loss to the Dallas Cowboys ... In a limited role in the 2017 season, Zenner had 14 carries for 26 yards and a rushing touchdown ... has 119 career attempts for 420 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons with the Lions ... he also has 207 career receiving yards.

    Other Recent Jackrabbits with Pro Tryouts
    Casey Bender, offensive lineman, Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts;
    Cole Brodie, defensive back, Jacksonville Jaguars;
    Zach Carter, defensive lineman, Buffalo Bills;
    Derek Domino, linebacker, Denver Broncos;
    Mitch Erickson, offensive linebacker, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks;
    JaRon Harris, wide receiver, Green Bay Packers;
    Chris Johnson, linebacker, Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears;
    Ryan McKnight, offensive lineman, Cincinnati Bengals;
    Dale Moss, wide receiver, Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers;
    Doug Peete, defensive end, Houston Texas;
    Eric Schroeder, defensive lineman, Minnesota Vikings;
    Jack Sherlock, defensive end/linebacker, Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers;
    Melvin Taveras, defensive back, Minnesota Vikings;
    Chris Wagner, tight end, Oakland Raiders;
    Andrew Wagstrom, offensive lineman, Miami Dolphins;
    Bryan Witzmann, offensive lineman, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs;
    Winston Wright, cornerback, Tennessee Titans;
    Jake Wieneke, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings;
    Jacob Ohnesorge, offensive linemen, Dallas Cowboys

    SDSU Players Drafted By NFL Teams
    1939: Bob Riddell, end, Philadelphia (17)
    1951: Harry Gibbons, back, Chicago (20)
    1951: Dick Peot, tackle, Detroit (28)
    1953: Pete Retzlaff, back, Detroit (22)
    1955: Jerry Welch, back, Baltimore (22)
    1956: Dick Klawitter, center, Chicago (8)
    1957: Harwood Hoeft, end, Baltimore (24)
    1958: Wayne Haensel, tackle, N.Y. Giants (25)
    1959: LeRoy Bergan, tackle, Baltimore (17)
    1961: Leland Bondhus, tackle, Green Bay (19)
    1962: Joe Thorne, back, Green Bay (12)
    1962: Ron Frank, tackle, San Francisco (16)
    1964: Wayne Rasmussen, back, Detroit (9)
    1966: Ron Meyer, quarterback, Chicago (7)
    1966: Ed Maras, end, Green Bay (20)
    1970: Tim Roth, defensive end, Oakland (16)
    1973: Phil Engle, tackle, Green Bay (11)
    1975: Lynn Boden, tackle, Detroit (1)
    1975: Jerry Lawrence, tackle, Houston (8)
    1976: Todd Simonsen, tackle, Houston (6)
    1976: Bob Gissler, defensive end, Miami (14)
    1978: Bill Matthews, linebacker, New England (5)
    1980: Chuck Loewen, offensive lineman, San Diego (7)
    1986: Bruce Klostermann, linebacker, Denver (8)
    1993: Doug Miller, linebacker, San Diego (7)
    1995: Adam Timmerman, offensive lineman, Green Bay (7)
    1999: Steve Heiden, tight end, San Diego (3)
    2010: Danny Batten, defensive end, Buffalo (6)
    2018: Dallas Goedert, tight end, Philadelphia (2)

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