Ryan Kasdorf, Joe Brummer, and Zac Schleuger were named to the AFCA NAIA Coaches 2015 All-America Football Team.
Morningside College’s Ryan Kasdorf, a 6-1, 215 lb. senior from Newhall, Calif., is the first-team quarterback on the 2015 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NAIA Coaches’ All-America Football Team.
In addition to Kasdorf, the Mustangs placed Joe Brummer, a 6-2, 275 lb. senior offensive lineman from Harlan, Iowa, and Zac Schleuger, a 6-2, 220 lb. senior linebacker from Wesley, Iowa, on the NAIA Coaches’ All-America Second Team.
Kasdorf and Brummer were key components of an explosive Morningside offense that averaged a NAIA national record 58.9 points per game during the 2015 season to shatter the former NAIA national standard of 55.5 points per game the Mustangs set last season. Morningside posted a 12-2 record, 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 reigning NAIA National Champion Southern Oregon University in the semifinals.
Kasdorf, the 2015 GPAC Offensive Player of the Year, 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 191.1 passing efficiency rating to lead the nation in that category for the third year in a row. Kasdorf completed 242 of 374 pass attempts for 64.7 percent with only four interceptions.
He set school records with 581 yards total offense and 39 pass completions in the Mustangs’ 75-69 quadruple overtime victory against Saint Xavier University in the first round of the 2105 NAIA Championship Series. Kasdorf tied a Morningside record with seven touchdown passes in regular season triumphs against Dakota Wesleyan University and Doane College.
Kasdorf passed for 10,932 yards and a school-record 121 touchdowns and rushed for 1315 yards and 14 touchdowns to finish with 12,247 yards total offense during his Morningside career. He set Morningside career records with an average of 331.0 yards total offense per game and a pass completion rate of 67.5 percent.
Brummer, a two-time first-team All-GPAC selection, was a four-year fixture in the Mustangs’ offensive line and started all 54 games of his Morningside career. His blocking exploits helped the Mustangs lead the nation with averages of 58.9 points and 593.1 yards total offense per game during the 2015 campaign. The Mustangs averaged 239.2 yards rushing per game and 5.3 yards per rushing attempt and allowed only 15 quarterback sacks in their 14 contests.
Schleuger, the 2015 GPAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, collected 53 solos and 62 assists for 115 tackles during the 2015 campaign to top the Mustangs’ tackle chart for the third year in a row. He had nine tackles behind the line of scrimmage for losses of 29 yards, six pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, three quarterback sacks, and two interceptions. Both of his interceptions went for touchdowns with runbacks of 38 yards against Northwestern College and 32 yards against Hastings College.
Schleuger collected 345 career tackles over the last four seasons to make him one of only six players in Morningside history to amass over 300 career tackles.
Morningside has placed a player on the AFCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America First Team for 10 straight seasons for the second longest active streak in the NAIA behind Carroll College, which has placed a player on the first team each of the last 11 years.
The AFCA has selected All-America teams since 1945. The association selects All-America teams for the NAIA and all divisions of the NCAA. The AFCA started selecting a NAIA only team in 2006.
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