Well, I don’t have much to report today. I headed over to practice in the midst of a tropical downpour and by the time I got to the field everyone had (rightfully) scattered.
I will, however, have a story on the team’s search for a starting safety. All three of the Beavers’ main safeties – starters Brody Scheff (an All-American) and Dusty Sluzewicz as well as main backup Jake Schmidt – graduated, leaving BSU with a bunch of guys who are inexperienced at the college level. So look for that sometime tomorrow.
Another little tidbit I missed the other day: More preseason All-America selections. These ones are from USA College Football, Inc.
Wideout Beau Wakefield (Sr., Butternut, Wis.) was named second team All-America defense as a return specialist and tight end Brian Leonhardt (Sr., Blaine, Minn.) earned third team All-America offense honors. There were six Beavers total that made the team, including running back Dustin Kroeplin (Sr.,, Withee, Wis.), wideout Justin Lee (Sr., Elgin, Ill.),offensive lineman Brett DeLange (Sr., Plainefield, Ill.), linebacker Cory Crosby (Sr., Cold Spring, Minn.) and defensive tackle Matt Shaver (Jr., St. Cloud, Minn.).
Catch the full release here, via BSU sports information.
Finally, one of the preseason Top 25 polls was released Monday. Bemidji State didn’t get any votes from the American Football Coaches’ association, but a few NSIC teams did, including Minnesota-Duluth, who was ranked No. 2 in the nation behind defending national champions Pittsburg State.
The Bulldogs received five first-place votes while thew Gorillas received 21.
St. Cloud State was the only other NSIC team to crack the top 25, coming in at No. 16. Minnesota State received 41 overall votes to be included in the “others receiving votes” category.