2016 Morningside Football Year in review

6 Peat 2011-16 Champs

2016 Great Plains Athletic Conference Champions

  • Morningside College continued its run of outstanding success on the football gridiron during the 2016 campaign when the Mustangs posted a 10-2 record for their 13th consecutive winning season.
  • Won a sixth consecutive Great Plains Athletic Conference Championship with an unblemished 8-0 league record and made a 13th consecutive post-season appearance in the NAIA Football Championship Series for the nation’s longest active streak.
  • The Mustangs are one of the nation’s most successful football teams since the start of the 2004 season with a record of 134-27 for an .832 winning percentage.

OFFENSE

Morningside led the nation in total offense with an average of 578.4 yards per game and ranked second in the nation in scoring with a norm of 51.1 points per contest.

NATIONAL RANKINGS

  • #1 Total Offense (578.4 YPG)
  • #1 First Downs Per Game (27.5)
  • #2 Scoring Offense (51.1 PPG)
  • #2 3rd Down Conversion (52%)
  • #3 Pass Offense Per Game (354.8 YDS)
  • #3 Pass Efficiency (174.7)

DEFENSE

Morningside finished second in the nation in total defense and third in scoring defense by yielding averages of only 263.2 yards and 13.9 points per game.

NATIONAL RANKINGS

  • #1 Pass Defense Efficiency (87.5)
  • #2 Total Defense (263.2 YPG)
  • #2 Opp 3rd Down Conversion (24.2%)
  • #3 Scoring Defense (13.9 PPG)
  • #4 Pass Defense per Game (144.3 YDS)

ALL AMERICANS

Blake Frank

AFCA First Team All-American; Victory Sports Network All-American; Instant Scouting All-American

Luke Gibbs

Luke Gibbs AFCA 2nd Team All-American

2x CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

Chad Bertagni
Austin Anfinson

2016 GPAC First Team Defense

Xavier Spann, Nate Crnkovich, Caden McDonald, Darrian Turk, Luke Grooters, Luke Gibbs (DPOY)

2016 GPAC First Team Offense

Austin Anfinson, Jason Vander Kooi, Blake Frank, Tyler Kavan

2016 GPAC First Team Kicker

Jared Amundson

2016 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team

Luke Grooters

Luke Grooters earned the honor, in part, for 20 mission trips he's completed while serving the Touch of Hope nonprofit organization. The group serves more than 1,000 children at a school they built in Simonette.

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