King Named Player of the Week

Minnesota State senior quarterback Ben King has been named the Offensive Player of the Week. This is King's second award of the week, as he also earned North Central Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

King's honor comes on the heels of a 40-for-63 performance that yielded 505 yards in Minnesota State's 44-39 victory over South Dakota, last Saturday in Blakeslee Stadium. King established a school record for passes completed, attempted and passing yards during the game. Four of his 40 passes went for touchdowns.

King's number also vaulted him in several career and season charts at MSU as he now ranks fourth in career touchdown passes (38), second in career attempts (962), fourth in single-season completions (216), fourth in single-season attempts (310), and seventh in single-season passing yards (2,249). He has also become just the fourth Maverick to pass for more than 6,000 career yards, and just the second quarterback in school history to complete over 500 passes (533).

Nationally speaking, King's 505 passing yards is the highest output in the nation this year. Ouachita Baptist's Lance Parker, holds the second highest passing yard tally, at 478 yards. King's 40 completions is the third highest total in Division II this season. King also ranks sixth in the nation in total offense, averaging 272.4 yards per game.

The Mavericks (3-6, 1-5 NCC) take to the road for the final time this season as they travel to Central Washington. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. (CST).