Mike Noffsinger (9/6/2011)

With a record-breaking rushing performance on Saturday’s season opener against St. Joseph’s, senior running back Mike Noffsinger (West Branch, Mich.) is our first Athlete of the Week of the 2011-12 campaign.

Noffsinger led the Panthers’ rushing attack with a game-high 117 yards on the ground, including 58 in the fourth quarter, breaking Nathan Clark's school’s career rushing record mark of 1,567 yards. His seventh career game of 100 yards or more now gives him 1,589 for his career. Along with his 117 yards on 23 carries (5.1 avg), Noffsinger also tied for the team high with three receptions for 38 yards (12.7 avg) and a long of 18 yards.

The Panthers (1-0) kick off GLIAC play next Saturday as ODU travels to Midland, Mich. to take on Northwood (1-0) for a noon kickoff.