Ryan Kasdorf is the GPAC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Mustangs’ 77-17 blowout victory against Sterling.

Ryan Kasdorf, a 6-1, 215 lb. senior quarterback from Newhall, Calif., has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the third-ranked Mustangs’ 77-17 blowout victory against Sterling College last Saturday in Sterling, Neb.

Kasdorf completed 24 of 31 pass attempts for 323 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 43 yards in six attempts for an average of 7.2 yards per carry to finish with 366 yards total offense. Kasdorf threw touchdown passes of 24 yards to Briar Evans and five and six yards to Connor Niles to raise his career total to 79 TD passes to pass Ian Gilworth, who had 77 touchdown passes during the 2007 and 2008 seasons, for second place on Morningside’s all-time list. 

 Kasdorf has passed for 7302 yards and 79 touchdowns during his Morningside career to rank second in Morningside history behind Craig Fobbe, who threw for a school-record 11,623 yards and 89 touchdowns over his career from 2002-05. Kasdorf has thrown at least two touchdown passes in 20 of his 25 career starts and has thrown for over 200 yards in 24 of them. Aside from his passing exploits, Kasdorf is closing in on the 1000-yard career rushing mark with 952 yards and 11 touchdowns in 196 attempts for an average of 4.9 yards per carry.

Morningside amassed 897 yards total offense in its opening game victory against Sterling to finish 19 yards shy of the NAIA national record of 916 yards total offense the Mustangs rolled up last season in a 76-14 victory against Hastings College.

The four-time reigning GPAC champion Mustangs will open defense of their crown when they host Nebraska Wesleyan University in a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday, Sept. 12.