Top Performer: Jayden Johannsen

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Jayden Johannsen’s college football career actually started in North Dakota.

But after one season, he transferred to South Dakota Mines in Rapid City.

This year, Johannsen has the Hardrockers off to a 3-1 start.

Plus, he’s one of the top quarterbacks at the Division II level through the first month of the season.

Last month, Jayden Johannsen helped lead South Dakota Mines to a season opening win over Missouri S & T by throwing for a career high 433 yards and four touchdowns.

Since then, the redshirt sophomore has continued to put up impressive numbers.

“Yeah I think that’s the big key to that is it’s a game at the end of the day,” said Jayden Johannsen. “So having fun is big with us. So when you’re having fun, I feel like I play better. So that’s been a big emphasis of mine.”

Through four games, Johannsen has completed over 64 percent of his passes throwing for 1,290 yards and 10 touchdowns.

He’s also rushed for 202 yards and three scores.

“He’s really stepped up probably more of the off the field game than anything,” said SD Mines football coach Charlie Flohr. “He spent a lot more time in the video room watching film. He spent a lot of time in the off-season working on mechanics. And really just tried to be more of compete quarterback. You’ve been able to see that this year.”

Johannsen came to South Dakota Mines by way of FCS powerhouse North Dakota State University.

In fact, he was the scout team signal caller for the Bison during their championship run in 2019.

But then Johannsen decided to transfer to South Dakota Mines, a decision he doesn’t regret.

“There was a couple factors,” said Johannsen. “It’s a fantastic school for engineering and then getting to play football on top of it. I’m from Sioux Falls so being close to home in state, that’s another factor into that decision. I’d do it 10 times out of 10 every time. I’m so happy here. I’m having a blast out here in Rapid City. It’s been great.”

Over the past two years, the Sioux Falls native has developed quite the chemistry with two of the top receivers in the conference, Jeremiah Bridges and Isaiah Eastman.

“My job is to just get them the ball as quick as possible and let them do their thing,” added Johannsen. “Just facilitate them.”

Although, Johannsen leads the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in passing yards and is ranked 8th at the Division II level, he knows there’s still room for improvement.

“You’re never settling,” said Johannsen. “I think there’s always room for improvement in whatever facet of your life or the game. There’s always room to get better.”

“He’s done a good job up to this point,” said Flohr. “But we’re still working on again just the technical fundamental things. Just the speeding up of getting the ball out of his hand a little bit quicker. Getting his feet set on certain throws. Then you can always learn on the mental side of things with watching film and really preparing yourself off the field within the film room and what he’s looking for. It’ll just make things a little bit more natural when we’re in a live situation.”

Congratulations to Jayden Johannsen on being named a NewsCenter1 Top Performer.

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