Morningside’s Ryan Kasdorf has been named the NAIA National Offensive Player of the Week.
Ryan Kasdorf, a 6-1, 210 lb. senior quarterback from Newhall, Calif., was named the NAIA National Offensive Player of the Week and the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in last Saturday’s 76-14 win against Hastings College.
Kasdorf had the most productive game of his Morningside career with 480 yards total offense to help the No. 1-ranked Mustangs set a new NAIA national record with 916 yards total offense in their win against the Broncos. Kasdorf completed 24 of 27 pass attempts for a career-high 468 yards for the fourth highest single-game passing yardage total in Morningside history. He threw six touchdown passes, including scoring strikes of 64, 24, and 30 yards to Devin Thomas. His other TD passes came on throws of three yards to Trey Russell, 12 yards to Kendall Lindeman, and nine yards to Brandon Wegher. Kasdorf’s longest completion of the game was the 64-yard touchdown pass to Thomas which came on the Mustangs’ first offensive play of the game.
He is one of the top passers in the nation with 85 completions in 113 attempts (75.2 percent) for 1437 yards and 16 touchdowns. Kasdorf leads the nation in pass efficiency with a rating of 227.0 and ranks among the NAIA national leaders with averages of 287.4 yards passing and 298.2 yards total offense per game. Kasdorf has thrown only one interception in 113 pass attempts so far this season.
Kasdorf has passed for 4772 yards and 58 touchdowns during his Morningside career to put him fifth on Morningside’s all-time passing yardage list. He is 329 yards behind the fourth place total of 5101 career yards passing by Tim Richard, who played at Morningside from 2006-09. Kasdorf has a career completion rate of 70.5 percent with 308 completions in 437 attempts to put him on pace to break the Morningside school record of 66.4 percent set by Ian Gilworth from 2007-08.
Morningside will take a 5-0 record and the nation’s No. 1 ranking into a 1 p.m. game against Dakota Wesleyan University this Saturday at Elwood Olsen Stadium.