Ryan Kasdorf is the NAIA National Offensive Player of the Week after he tied a school record with seven touchdown passes in the Mustangs’ 76-20 rout of Dakota Wesleyan.
Ryan Kasdorf, a 6-1, 215 lb. senior quarterback from Newhall, Calif., has been named the NAIA National Offensive Player of the Week as well as the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in last Saturday’s 76-20 Morningside victory against 17th-ranked Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D.
Kasdorf completed 20 of 29 pass attempts for 365 yards and seven touchdowns to tie the Morningside record for touchdown passes in a game. Kasdorf hurled touchdown passes of 61 and 70 yards to Connor Niles, six and 16 yards to Jason Vander Kooi, 28 yards to Tanner Ver Steeg, eight yards to Michael Whitehead, and five yards to Trey Russell. His seven touchdown passes tied a Morningside single-game record previously set by Ian Gilworth twice during the 2008 season. Aside from his 365 yards passing, Kasdorf also rushed for 22 yards to finish with 387 yards total offense.
Kasdorf received the GPAC Offensive Player of the Week honor for the second time this season. He also received the honor for his performance in the Mustangs’ 77-17 victory against Sterling College in their season opener.
Kasdorf has completed 114 of 164 pass attempts (69.5 percent) for 1902 yards and 22 touchdowns and only one interception. He is seventh in the nation in total offense with an average of 295.6 yards per game and ninth in passing with an average of 271.7 yards per game. Kasdorf is the NAIA national leader in pass efficiency for the third year in a row with a rating of 210.0.
Kasdorf has passed for 8881 yards and a school-record 98 touchdowns during his Morningside career.
Morningside will take a 6-1 record into this Saturday’s 1 p.m. home game against Briar Cliff University.