SDSU QB Austin Sumner sitting out spring practice after surgery
March 25. 2014 10:06AM
For the second year in a row, South Dakota State will hold spring football practices with limited involvement from quarterback Austin Sumner.
The junior has had surgery on his throwing shoulder to clean up an injury that happened during the 2013 season, coach John Stiegelmeier said Monday. It’s similar to a procedure Sumner had done prior to his senior season at Brandon Valley, and the situation isn't expected to linger into the fall.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Sumner is a three-year starter and the Jackrabbits career leader in passing yards at 7,824. He’s led the team to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs two years in a row.
Redshirt sophomore Tyler Finnes and true freshman Dalton Douglas stand to get the bulk of the reps sans Sumner, who missed last spring due to thumb surgery.
SDSU opens spring practice Friday.