This will be the fifth time in six years the South Dakota State Jackrabbits qualify for at least the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs, and Isaiah Davis' 150 yards rushing were a big reason why they advanced on Saturday in a 42-21 win over Holy Cross.
When you're dishing out tone-setting punishment like this, it's hard for the opposition to recover their manhood and morale. Davis just sent this dude skidding across the turf with no regard for his feelings. That's precisely the type of hard-nosed running with an edge that will endear you to your teammates and maybe even the NFL.
Seriously, Davis is one of those small-school prospects who could very well find his way to going pro and being a classic steal as a late-round pick or undrafted free agent. As you can discern from the sustained success South Dakota State has had, the program is no joke. The Patriots just selected Davis' predecessor Pierre Strong in Round 4 of the 2022 draft, and the Jackrabbits will more than likely see tight end Tucker Kraft hear his name called by some NFL team this coming year.
Considering North Dakota State has won nine of the last 11 FCS championships, I'd love to see some new blood from their border-state/surname-sharing rival. Davis will be a big part of that effort if the Bison and Jackrabbits meet in the grand finale. First, SD State needs to take care of Montana State in the semifinals, while the reigning champs face Incarnate Word next.