Four Mustangs named to USA College Football NAIA All-America First Team
Ryan Kasdorf, Darrius McMullin, Devin Thomas, and Brandon Wegher are all first-team selections on the 2014 USA College Football NAIA All-America Team.
Kasdorf, a 6-1, 210 lb. senior quarterback from Newhall, Calif., passed for 3644 yards and 34 touchdowns this past season and had a pass efficiency rating of 189.2 to lead the NAIA for the second year in a row. Kasdorf broke his own Morningside single-season pass completion percentage record by completing 223 of 321 pass attempts for 68.8 percent.
McMullin, a 6-2, 275 lb. senior defensive lineman from Helena, Ala., led the Mustangs with eight quarterback sacks and was third on the team with four quarterback hurries and 13 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for losses of 54 yards. He had 19 solos and 26 assists to lead the Mustangs’ defensive linemen with 45 total tackles.
Thomas, a 5-10, 190 lb. senior wide receiver from Council Bluffs, Iowa, was the Mustangs’ leading pass receiver with 67 receptions for 1245 yards and nine touchdowns for an average of 18.6 yards per catch. Thomas also received USA College Football honorable mention All-America recognition as a return specialist after he averaged 29.9 yards per kickoff return and set a school record with an average of 15.3 yards per punt return.
Wegher, a 5-11, 210 lb. senior running back from Dakota Dunes, S.D., had one of the greatest seasons in NAIA history during the 2014 campaign when he rushed for a NAIA record 2610 yards in 327 attempts for averages of 8.0 yards per carry and 200.8 yards per game. Aside from leading the nation in rushing,
Wegher also topped the nation in scoring with 260 points to break the NAIA record for points in a season. Wegher also broke the existing NAIA national records with 43 touchdowns, 39 rushing touchdowns, and averages of 20.0 points per game, 3.3 touchdowns per game, and 8.0 yards per rushing attempt with a minimum of 250 carries.
Aside from their four first-team selections, the Mustangs also placed Devin Groenhagen and Zac Schleuger on the USA College Football NAIA All-America Second Team.
Groenhagen, a 5-11, 255 lb. senior defensive lineman from Le Mars, Iowa, had 14 solos and 25 assists for 39 total tackles, including 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage for losses of 30 yards. He had 2.5 quarterback sacks and three quarterback hurries.
Schleuger, a 6-2, 220 lb. junior linebacker from Wesley, Iowa, collected team highs of 46 solos and 68 assists for 114 total tackles to top the Mustangs’ tackle chart for the second year in a row. Schleuger had a school-record 25.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage that went for losses of 76 yards. He was the Mustangs’ co-leader with six quarterback hurries and two blocked kicks and ranked among the team leaders with five quarterback sacks and five pass breakups.
Morningside’s Xavier Spann, a 6-1, 175 lb. freshman defensive back from Lakeland, Fla., was named to the USA College Football NAIA Freshmen All-America Team. Spann led the Mustangs with six interceptions and was second on the team with seven pass breakups to go along with 25 total tackles and one blocked kick.
Morningside posted an 11-2 record, won a fourth consecutive Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championship, and made an 11th consecutive post-season appearance in the NAIA Championship Series, where it reached the national semifinals. The Mustangs were the highest scoring team in NAIA history with an average of 55.5 points per game and also set new NAIA national records with an average of 662.2 yards total offense per game, 4613 yards rushing, and 8609 yards total offense.
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