Junior running back Max Mickey, who set a career-high with four total TDs in leading the #6 University of Sioux Falls (6-0, 2-0 NSIC South) to a 48-28 victory over Southwest Minnesota State on homecoming at Bob Young Field on Oct. 8, has been named the NSIC Football Offensive Player of the Week, according to an announcement this week by the league office.
Mickey becomes the fourth USF student-athlete in three weeks to earn a NSIC weekly honor. He joins wide receiver Josh Angulo (9/26), strong safety Jeff Harman (9/26) and cornerback Clifford Redmond (10/3) as NSIC players of the week in 2016.
Through six games, Mickey, a business administration major at USF, leads the league and NCAA DII in rushing yards per carry at 11.0. In the victory over SMSU, he averaged 10.3 yards per carry with 15 carries for 156 yards and four total TDs as USF improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the NSIC South. Mickey had a TD reception of 11 yards, scoring runs of 1, 1 and 56 yards.
A junior from Holden, Mo., Mickey ranks second in the country in rushing yards with 86 carries for 942 yards and eight TDs. He is second nationally in rushing yards per game at 157.0 yards per game. He has rushing totals of 178, 185, 77, 207, 140 and 156 yards. Mickey's 207 yards against Bemidji State was a career high. Mickey, who ranks 16th nationally in all-purpose yards with 164.0 per game, has career totals of 311 carries, 1,961 yards and 23 total TDs, 21 by rush. This season he has had TD runs of 75, 72, 70 and 54 yards.
Led by Mickey, the Cougars, who hit the road at Winona State at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, lead the nation in total offense at 585.0 yards per game and rushing at 371.8 yards per game.