With 525 yards and seven touchdowns, Mayville State quarterback is NAIA national player of the week

Tim Salmon and the Comets are looking to go on a three-game winning streak for the first time at Mayville State since 2016.

Mayville State quarterback Tim Salmon threw for 525 yards and seven touchdowns last Saturday against Nebraska Wesleyan.
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MAYVILLE, N.D. — The first high school prospect commitment for Mayville State football coach Rocky Larson, who joined the Comets in 2020, was quarterback Tim Salmon.

Larson and his coaching staff had a major hit with Recruit No. 1.

Salmon is the reigning NAIA national player of the week after throwing for 525 yards and seven touchdowns in a 55-48 overtime win over Nebraska Wesleyan.

Both the passing yardage and single-game touchdowns were Mayville State records.

Salmon, a native of New Richmond, Wis., didn't realize the huge numbers until after the game.


"During the game, I was really focused on scoring more," Salmon said. "I didn't realize how much we scored until after the game."

The 6-foot-3 Salmon, a sophomore, committed to the Comets via his connection to Larson, whose brother was Salmon's high school head coach.

Larson had been recruiting Salmon to his previous stop at NCAA Division III Wisconsin-River Falls.

"I never threw for 300 yards in high school, so we've thrown it more in college than I ever did in high school," Salmon said. "It has been a pretty good transition."

Larson said Salmon was a good middle linebacker in high school and wore No. 31 as a quarterback as a prep.

The Comets run a spread offense, although Larson said they want to run the ball but matchups dictated Saturday's big pass attack. Salmon put up the big yardage despite just going 22-for-40 in the game, which meant there were a lot of big plays. The Comets had four touchdowns of more than 50 yards.

Reece Smith was Salmon's biggest target. Smith, a 6-foot-3 senior from Moorpark, Calif., caught four balls for 175 yards and three touchdowns.

The Comets actually threw for eight touchdowns. Late in the first half, facing a fourth-and-goal from the 7, Mayville State ran a trick play for wide receiver Maalik Flowers to hit 6-foot-5 sophomore tight end Chance Danner, a Thompson High School product, for a touchdown.


The Comets start 10 sophomores and one junior on offense. They face Presentation College on Saturday.

"It wouldn't surprise me if Tim is in line for another big day Saturday," Larson said. "We're much improved up front, so we can drop back and be vertical."

Mayville State is now 2-1, over .500 for the first time since 2016.

"It's definitely the best start we've had since I've been here," Salmon said. "We start conference play this week, so that'll be a good first step for us. Mayville hasn't won three in a row since I don't know when. That'd be a great step for our program."

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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