Three BSU football student-athletes honored with academic award
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Three BSU football student-athletes honored with academic award

DALLAS – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the members of the 2012 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which includes Bemidji State University football senior student-athletes Josh Beste (DL, East Grand Forks, Minn.), Brody Scheff (S, Waconia, Minn.) and Dusty Sluzewicz (S, Homer Glen, Ill.). The honor is awarded to college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career.

Beste owns a 3.54 GPA in business administration and was a three-time Academic All-NSIC team member. He totaled the most tackles among his defensive line teammates in 2011 with 39 (15 solo). He added 3.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards), while playing and starting in all 11 games. Beste recorded at least four tackles on eight occasions and posted a career-best five tackles five times, including the final four games of the season.  

Scheff was a CoSIDA/Capital One Second Team Academic All-America in 2011 after holding a 3.67 GPA in business administration. He is a three-time Academic All-NSIC member and was named 2011 CoSIDA/Capital One First Team Academic All-District. On the field, Scheff was BSU’s first NCAA era first team All-American after being named Daktronics, Inc. All-America First Team Defense. He also racked up other awards including, Daktronics, Inc. Super Region #3 First Team, NSIC Defensive Player of the Year, All-NSIC First Team, National Defense Player of the Week (Oct. 11) and two-time NSIC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 10 and Nov. 7). Scheff finished his senior season seventh in the NSIC in tackles with 91 (41 solo) for the No. 7 scoring defense in the nation. His four interceptions in conference play tied for first in the league. Scheff tied a BSU program record (Since 1971) for interceptions in a game with three in the 20-7 homecoming victory against Concordia University, St. Paul (Oct. 8). He posted a career-high 19 tackles twice (Sept. 24 and Nov. 5). The senior started all 11 of the Beavers’ 2011 games and led the team with 96 total tackles (team-best 42 solo). Scheff added three tackles for loss (-9 yards), two sacks (-8 yards), two fumble recoveries, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble. His six interceptions tied for 15th nationally and for third place on BSU’s single-season interceptions list.

Sluzewicz owns a 3.45 GPA in sport management/exercise science and was a three-time Academic All-NSIC team member. A 2011 Second Team All-NSIC pick, Sluzewicz was the third leading tackler for the Beavers last season after posting a career-high 68 tackles (36 solo) to earn his first all-conference nod. He finished second on the team and tied for second in the NSIC in interceptions with four and totaled 88 interception return yards to rank tied for second in the league. The four picks matched his career total entering this season (4). His 4.5 tackles for loss was also a career-high as he knocked back the opposing offense 18 yards. He added three pass break-ups, a forced one fumble and one sack this season. Sluzewicz recorded his first-career sack (-9 yards) at Upper Iowa University (Oct. 1), totalling six tackles, two for loss (-12 yards) and an interception in the game. The senior safety posted a career-high 16 tackles (four solo) against Minnesota Duluth (Sept. 24). The BSU ‘Gang Green’ defense finished the regular season No. 7 in scoring defense allowing 16 points per game.

A total of 721 players from 232 schools qualified for membership in the society’s sixth year, marking this year’s class as the largest since the program’s creation in 2007.

About the Hampshire Foundation:
The Hampshire Foundation is the charitable arm of The Hampshire Companies, a privately-held, fully-integrated real estate firm that has over 50 years of hands-on, cycle-tested experience in acquiring, developing, leasing, repositioning, managing, financing and disposing of real estate. Founded by Jon F. Hanson, who served as NFF Chairman from 1994-2006, Hampshire is headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, has 33 employees, and currently owns and operates a diversified portfolio of 224 properties in 31 states totaling over 14.7 million square feet. Learn more at

About The National Football Foundation:

Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 121 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame, the NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, Play It Smart, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association, and scholarships of more than $1.3 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. The NFF presents the MacArthur Bowl, the William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, and releases the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings. NFF corporate partners include the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the BCS, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, Liberty Mutual, NCAA Football, and Under Armour. For more information, please visit

The Beavers open the slate on the 2012 season at home with Upper Iowa University Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. - the only home night game on the schedule.

The 2011 Beavers were ranked in the national poll on three different occasions in 2011 and finished the campaign with an 8-3 overall record and a 7-3 mark in the NSIC to finish in a three-way tie for fourth in the league standings. The eight-win season marked the eighth time in program history the team had reached eight wins in a season and the sixth time under head coach Jeff Tesch. The Beaver offense finished the season averaging 26.8 points per game, while the ‘Gang Green’ defense was one of the best in the conference allowing just 16.0 points per contest to rank No. 7 in the nation at the end of the regular season.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).