Ryan Kasdorf was named the GPAC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season.

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 last Saturday’s 55-7 blowout victory against fourth-ranked Doane College.

Kasdorf received the GPAC Offensive Player of the Week honor for the third time this season after he helped lead the No. 1-ranked Mustangs to their fifth consecutive GPAC Championship. Kasdorf had one of the greatest passing performances in Morningside history against Doane by completing 22 of 32 pass attempts for 459 yards and a school-record tying seven touchdown passes. The 459 yards passing was the second highest total of Kasdorf’s career and the fifth highest single-game passing yardage total in Morningside history. Kasdorf threw touchdowns passes of 28, 29, and 35 yards to Connor Niles, 25 and 57 yards to Jason Vander Kooi, 77 yards to Michael Whitehead, and 29 yards to Kendall Lindeman to tie Morningside’s single-game TD pass record for the second time this season. He also threw seven touchdown passes in the Mustangs’ 76-20 victory against Dakota Wesleyan on Oct. 17. His 77-yard touchdown pass to Whitehead was the Mustangs’ longest play from scrimmage of the season.

Kasdorf has completed 163 of 239 pass attempts (68.2 percent) for 2901 yards and 36 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Kasdorf is third in the nation with an average of 311.2 yards total offense per game and sixth with an average of 290.1 yards passing per contest. He is the NAIA national leader in pass efficiency for the third year in a row with a rating of 217.3.  

Morningside will take a No. 1 national ranking and a 10-1 record into a NAIA Championship Series First Round game against No. 16 Saint Xavier University this Saturday at Elwood Olsen Stadium.