I hope you’ve stayed warm:
The latest South Dakota State football verbal, tight end Zach Zanello, caught 35 passes for 470 yards as a junior at Rockford Lutheran (Ill.) and 28 for 455 as a senior despite missing two playoff games due to a shoulder injury.
It was the second shoulder injury for the 6-foot-6, 215-pounder - both requiring surgery. He suffered a torn labrum as a sophomore and a dislocation this fall. However, he said the two weren’t related.
In terms of his game, Zanello sees himself like this: “Really good hands, quick feet - I play basketball, too. I’m just mentally tough and physically tough. I’m not afraid to lay my body on the line and dish out a hit.”
Despite reports that he was likely to accept an offer to stay at Florida Atlantic, longtime former SDSU football assistant Luke Meadows has moved on to become offensive line coach at Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles went 1-11 this season (after 0-12 the year before), including a 41-7 loss to the Owls, in Year 1 of the coach Todd Monken era.
Several former SDSU coaches and players advanced in the NFL playoffs over the weekend. Ex-Jacks kicker Adam Vinatieri put the finishing touches on the Colts 28-point comeback win over Kansas City, scoring the decisive point on a PAT.
The 49ers, who beat the Packers in Round 1, have ex-SDSU player and assistant Brad Seely as associate head coach and former assistant Trent Baalke as general manager.
Four games on tap this week for ex-Jacks star Nate Wolters and the Milwaukee Bucks: Tonight vs. Golden State, Friday vs. Chicago, Saturday at Oklahoma City and Monday at Toronto. The rookie point guard had two DNPs last week before getting 3 minutes at Phoenix - the shorting outing of his pro career.
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