South Dakota State football names 2023 captains

Mason McCormick is selected as one of the team's six captains for the third consecutive season.

Isaiah Davis (left), Mark Gronowski and Mason McCormick (right) have all been named 2023 captains for the South Dakota State football team.
Matt Zimmer/Forum News Service

SIOUX FALLS — The reigning FCS national champions have named their captains for their 2023 title defense.

South Dakota State on Thursday announced six captains, led by All-American guard and Sioux Falls Roosevelt grad Mason McCormick, who has been named a captain for the third consecutive season.

Offensive tackle Garret Greenfield, quarterback Mark Gronowski and linebacker Adam Bock were named captains for the second straight year. Joining them as first-time captains are cornerback DyShawn Gales and running back Isaiah Davis.

Gronowski, a junior, has led the Jackrabbits to the national championship game in each of his two seasons as the starter, as a freshman in 2020 and again last year. He missed the 2021 season due to injury. Gronowski had 26 touchdown passes and 12 touchdown rushes last year.

Davis, a traditional senior, led the Jacks with 1,451 yards on the ground last season, while Greenfield and McCormick again paved the way for the Jacks' high-powered offensive attack. They are both 'super seniors' coming back for the extra year of eligibility afforded to them by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Gales, also a senior, had 31 tackles, four interceptions and a touchdown last season. Bock, a senior, was second on the team with 76 tackles despite missing four games due to injury.

The Jackrabbits will play their spring game on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the SJAC in Brookings. They open the 2023 season on Aug. 31, a Thursday, against Western Oregon at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.

Matt Zimmer is a Sioux Falls native and longtime sports writer. He graduated from Washington High School where he played football, legion baseball and developed his lifelong love of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, he returned to Sioux Falls, and began a long career in amateur baseball and sports reporting. Email Matt at
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