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NAIA Football Players of the Week No. 6

October 13, 2014
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ryan Kasdorf of Morningside (Iowa), Josh Techeira of Robert Morris (Ill.) and Carlton Toussaint of Bluefield (Va.) have been named the NAIA Football National Players of the Week, the national office announced Monday. The trio was chosen for their performances during the week of Oct. 6 – Oct. 12 and were selected out of a pool of conference and independent award winners.

National Offensive Player of the Week
Ryan Kasdorf, Morningside (Iowa)
Sr., QB, Newhall, Calif.

• Tossed for a career-best 468 yards on 24-for-27 passing (88.9%) and six touchdowns.
• The passing yards is listed as fourth-best in Morningside school history.
• Completed 64-yard touchdown pass on Mustangs’ first offensive play of the game.
• Rushed for 12 yards on two attempts in the 76-14 win over Hastings (Neb.).
• Posted 480 yards of total offense, which was part of a NAIA single-game record 916 yards of team total offense.
• Ranks No. 1 nationally in passing efficiency (227.0) and is No. 6 in passing yards per game (287.4) and No. 7 in total yards per game (298.2).
• First career National Offensive Player of the Week award.
• Last player from Morningside to earn National Player of the Week honors: Darius Hicks (defensive) (Nov. 4, 2013) .

National Special Teams Player of the Week
Josh Techeira, Robert Morris (Ill.)
Sr., PK, Midlothian, Ill.

• Scored all 12 of the Eagles’ points in the 12-7 victory over then-No. 14 St. Francis (Ill.).
• Connected on field goals of 22, 28, 47 and 51 yards in going a perfect 4-for-4.
• The 51-yarder was a career-long.
• Averaged 44.5 yards on four punts, with three punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
• Earned same award on Sept. 22, 2014.

National Defensive Player of the Week
Carlton Toussaint, Bluefield (Va.)
Fr., DB, Orange, N.J.

• Became the first Rams player to finish with three interceptions in a single game.
• Posted four total tackles (1 solo) in the 45-27 win over Belhaven (Miss.).
• His first interception led to a Bluefield field goal in the second quarter and a 10-point lead.
• The final two picks occurred in the fourth quarter.
• First career National Defensive Player of the Week award.
• First player from Bluefield to earn a national weekly award since the program was reinstated in 2012.

For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.

For the complete NAIA Player of the Week calendar, click here.

Offensive Nominees: Jordan Bernhardy, Tabor (Kan.); John Rhode, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Corey Ward, Bacone (Okla.); Cj Collins, SAGU (Texas); Shawn Lashbrook, Taylor (Ind.); Jamall Willliams, Central Methodist (Mo.); Jacob Russell, Campbellsville (Ky.); Andre McCullouch, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Kurtis Walls, Valley City State (N.D.); Darrin Davis, Jr., Warner (Fla.).

Defensive Nominees:
Beau Shields, Marian (Ind.); Greg Hayward, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Justin Browley, Bacone (Okla.); Justin Browley, Bacone (Okla.); Luke Elam, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Carlos Cox, Friends (Kan.); Loronza Smith, Warner (Fla.); Mychael Bruce, Valley City State (N.D.); Heston Altenbach, Southern Oregon; Jared Van Winkle, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.).

Special Teams Nominees: Matt Johnson, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Kramer Rath, Nebraska Wesleyan; Josh Haney, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Kevin Mclemore, College of Idaho; Cristian Casillas, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Chadd Dearen, SAGU (Texas); Robert Smith, Bethel (Kan.); Grant Linde, Jamestown (N.D.); Brian Abrams, Warner (Fla.).

2014 NAIA Football Players of the Week (complete schedule)

Week 1 (Sept. 8)
Offense: Melvin Mason, Southern Oregon
Defense: Justus Dauscha, Cumberland (Tenn.)
Special Teams: Mike Self, Cumberland (Tenn.)
Week 2 (Sept. 15)
Offense: Terrell Robinson, Faulkner (Ala.)
Defense: Cory Brady, College of Idaho
Special Teams: Greg Conry, Peru State (Neb.)
Week 3 (Sept. 22)
Offense: Beau Eriksson, Jamestown (N.D.)
Defense: Eric Price, Marian (Ind.)
Special Teams: Josh Techeira, Robert Morris (Ill.)
Week 4 (Sept. 29)
Offense: Austin Dodge, Southern Oregon
Defense: Josh Calmer, Grand View (Iowa)
Special Teams: Marc David, Eastern Oregon
Week 5 (Oct. 6)
Offense: Chris Allen, Friends (Kan.)
Defense: Eric Walker, Southwestern (Kan.)
Special Teams: Vince Folston, Southwestern (Kan.)
Week 6 (Oct. 13)
Offense: Ryan Kasdorf, Morningside (Iowa)
Defense: Carlton Toussaint, Bluefield (Va.)
Special Teams: Josh Techeira, Robert Morris (Ill.)