MARSHALL - Sports fans in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota have always known what Tyler Tonderum is capable of accomplishing on a football field.
Unfortunately for Tonderum, the 5-foot-10, 191-pound redshirt junior running back from Armstrong spent his first two gridiron seasons with the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs playing almost exclusively on special teams.
The former three-time Sentinel All-Area Offensive Player of the Year, however, has capitalized on his chance to carry the ball out of the Mustangs' backfield in a record-setting manner.
The all-time rushing leader in Iowa High School Eight-Man history amassed three touchdowns and a single-game school record 343 yards on 42 carries to propel SMSU to a 27-20 comeback victory over Minnesota State University, Moorhead, last Saturday in Moorhead.
Tonderum, who reached the end zone on sprints of 71, 10 and 13 yards, respectively, also generated 49 rushing yards on four totes to help set up the Mustangs' game-winning touchdown pass with 3 seconds remaining in regulation last weekend.
Tonderum's incredible ground-game production ranks as the No. 1 total at all levels of NCAA football this season. He currently tops the NCAA Division II rushing charts with a 213-yard per game clip, while holding the eighth spot in scoring (15.0 ppg).
For his stellar performance, Tonderum earned the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference's Offensive Player of the Week award. He becomes the first SMSU gridder to merit the weekly honor since Gannon More on Oct. 20, 2010.
Tonderum finished his Iowa prep football playing days with 6,395 rushing yards, 866 points and 143 TDs en route to guiding Armstrong-Ringsted to the Iowa Eight-Man state championship in 2009 on the heels of back-to-back state runner-up finishes.
The exercise science and sports management major is the son of Gary and Connie Tonderum of Armstrong.
Tyler Tonderum and the Mustangs (1-1) play host to Minot State University at 6 p.m. Friday night at Mattke Field at the Schwan Regional Event Center on the SMSU campus in Marshall.
Closer and closer.
Lee Baarts, Bill Cernoch, Katy Eisenmenger-Fuentes, Barb Hall, Jeff Stewart, Jake Tietje, Marcia (Torgerson) Schaefer and Jill (Wolverton) Svilar will be inducted into the Fairmont Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the high school's Performing Arts Center.
The 2013 inductees also will be honored during the Homecoming football game's halftime festivities on Oct. 4 at Mahoney Field.
Tickets for the banquet and induction ceremony cost $10 per person, and are available for purchase from the FHS activities office, Hall of Fame committee chairperson and FHS activities director Mat Mahoney, HyVee in Fairmont or by contacting Sentinel sports editor and committee member Charlie Sorrells in person or by calling the newspaper office at (507) 235-3303 and leaving a voice mail at Extension 128.
Tickets also are available by contacting Hall of Fame committee members Bob Bonk, Joe Burns, Brad Gerhardt, Judy Lohrenz, Sue Mosloski and Sue Ruen.