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Memorable name, player — Mustang family loses a member

March 6, 2013 - Per Peterson
Shad Peckenpaugh had an unforgettable name, but Mustang fans who followed the team in the early- to mid-1980s will remember him even more for what he did on the field. Peckenpaugh, a native of Hayti, S.D., died suddenly on March 2. He was only 48. Peckenpaugh, who worked for the Schwan Food Co. out of Indianapolis before moving to Wisconsin, was a big part of the Mustangs’ offense from 1982-85 out of the backfield. His 1,896 rushing yards rank him seventh all-time in SSU-SMSU history — his all-time rushing record stood until 2010. He averaged 4.16 yards per rush (eighth all-time) and scored 17 touchdowns (t-sixth). Peckenpaugh still holds the school record for most 100-yards rushing games in a single season with seven in 1995. His 241 yards against Dakota State in 1985 is the Mustangs’ second-highest single-game total in the program’s history (that single-game record stood for more than 15 years before being broken in 2003 by David Whitten, who rushed for 243 yards against MSU Moorhead). Peckenpaugh, who along with his youngest brother and wife, opened the Bullpen bar and restaurant in Lake Norden, S.D., in 2008, didn't spend a lot of time in Marshall, but he made an impact at the university, one that die-hard football fans won't soon forget.


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