Dakota Wesleyan University wide receiver Anthony Muilenburg missed the entire 2012 season with an injury, but you wouldn’t know it watching him play this season.
The senior from Sioux Falls, S.D., leads the Great Plains Athletic Conference and the NAIA in receiving yards per game, and this past weekend he set another school record. Muilenburg racked up 251 receiving yards – a new single-game record – on six catches Saturday against No. 21 Northwestern College. For his big day, Muilenburg has been named the GPAC Offensive Player-of-the-Week, it was announced Monday afternoon by the league.
Muilenburg, who also owned the previous record of 233 receiving yards in a game, led all receivers Saturday afternoon with his 251 receiving yards. He caught touchdown passes of 73 and 61 yards to help get Dakota Wesleyan within one touchdown in the second quarter against the Red Raiders in the Tigers’ 49-42 loss that came down to the last play of the game. After Saturday’s big performance, Muilenburg leads the NAIA in receiving yards per game (157) and is second in total receiving yards (471). He is also 10th in the nation in total scoring (36).
This is the fourth offensive player-of-the-week honor of his career for Muilenburg, who also owns the school record for catches in a game (17) and longest reception (99). He earned AFCA All-American honors in 2011 and earned All-GPAC First Team offense honors as a sophomore and junior. He is currently third on the school’s career receiving chart with 2,294 yards three games into his final season with the Tigers. He is also second on the all-time receptions chart with 176 and eighth on the all-time scoring list with 134 points. The school record for receiving yards is 2,881, the career receptions record is 206 and the scoring record is 316 points in a career.
Muilenburg and the Tigers are at home for the first time this season Saturday, Sept. 28, when they host rival Hastings College in DWU’s annual Blue and White Days game. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Joe Quintal Field.