Morningside placed three players on the first-ever InstantScouting NAIA All-America Football Team.
Morningside placed Joe Brummer, Ryan Kasdorf, and Connor Niles on the first-ever InstantScouting NAIA All-America Team.
Brummer, a 6-2, 275 lb. senior offensive lineman from Harlan, Iowa, started all 54 games of his Morningside career. His blocking exploits helped Morningside set a NAIA national scoring record with an average of 58.9 points per game and also lead the nation with an average of 593.1 yards total offense per game during the 2015 campaign. The Mustangs averaged 239.2 yards rushing per game, 5.3 yards per rushing attempt, and allowed only 15 quarterback sacks in their 14 contests.
Kasdorf, a 6-1, 215 lb. senior quarterback from Newhall, Calif., was the 2015 Rawlings-NAIA National Football Player of the Year after he passed for 3953 yards and 45 touchdowns and rushed for 406 yards and three touchdowns to finish with 4359 yards total offense to rank second in the nation with an average of 335.3 yards total offense per game. He was the nation’s third leading passer with an average of 304.1 yards passing per contest and had a 101.1 passing efficiency rating to lead the nation for the third year in a row. Kasdorf completed 242 of 374 pass attempts for 64.7 percent with only four interceptions.
Niles, a 5-11, 185 lb. sophomore wide receiver from Sioux City, had 83 pass receptions for 1538 yards and 17 touchdowns for an average of 18.5 yards per catch. He ranked ninth nationally with an average of 109.9 reception yards per game. Niles also had 12 punt returns for 214 yards and two touchdowns for an average of 17.8 yards per return, six kickoff returns for 176 yards and one touchdown for an average of 26.7 yards per return, and 99 yards rushing and one touchdown. Niles scored 128 points to rank among the NAIA national scoring leaders.
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Morningside posted a 12-2 record during the 2015 season, won a fifth consecutive Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championship, and made a 12th consecutive post-season appearance in the NAIA Championship Series, where it lost 30-27 against Southern Oregon University in the semifinals.
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