[Football] Morningside’s Joe Dolincheck Named NAIA Player of the Year

Football – Fri, Dec. 17, 2021

(Durham, North Carolina) – Quarterback Joe Dolincheck of Morningside University has been chosen as the NAIA Football National Player of the Year. Orchestrating the most lethal offense in the country, he has guided the Mustangs back into the National Championship game for the third time in four years.

Hailing from Bellevue, Nebraska, the 200-pound gunslinger has totaled 295 completions at a 67.8% rate for a total of 4,378 yards. His 336.8 passing yards per game ranks first nationally and he has a 42-9 touchdown to interception ratio. Most incredibly, he has not taken a sack in 2021.

For his Mustang career, Dolincheck has thrown for 12,629 yards in his 47 games played and recorded 128 touchdowns compared to only 30 picks. He has a four year average of 68.3% completion percentage on 1,248 attempts.

The Morningside offense ranks first nationally in points per game (56.9) and total points (740), first in total yards (7954) and yards per game (611.8), and touchdowns with 48.

In the NAIA Football Championship Series Semifinal game, he outdueled the reigning NAIA Player of the Year Tyson Kooima. Dolincheck tossed for 293 yards on 39 attempts with a long completion of 69 yards.

Dolincheck was previously named NAIA/AFCA First-Team All-American which is the second of his career after being honored on the 2019 Associated Press Little All-America Team. The senior was named Great Plains Conference Offensive Player of the Year in November.

The second seeded Mustangs will play host to the third seeded Grand View Vikings on Saturday, December 18th at 5:00 p.m. CST at Durham County Memorial Stadium in the NAIA National Championship.

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