BEMIJDI, Minn. --The crisp wind of fall has begun to sneak into the forecast and the sound of Bemidji State University athletic teams preparing for the 2012 season have flooded the BSU campus. With just nine days to go before the Beavers officially kick off the 2012 fall athletic season with their first home football game, BSUBeavers.com wants to get you geared up for 2012.
Over the next 10 days BSUBeavers.com will give you inside access to fall training camp through the eyes of 10 Bemidji State student-athletes. Today we talked to Zach Pulkinen (Jr., Minot, N.D.) to get a kicker's point of view of BSU football training camp.
Pulkinen assumed field goal and extra point duties, while continuing kickoff responsibilities in 2011. He average 64.4 yards per kickoff and posted a career-high 12 touchbacks. He finished the season 6-for-11 in field goal attempts with a long of 38 yards. Pulkinen converted 33-for-36 (91.7%) extra point attempts to rank ninth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). In addition, he ranked fourth on the team in special teams tackles with six.
Under the direction of head coach Jeff Tesch, the BSU football team closed the 2011 season with an 8-3 overall record and a 7-3 mark in NSIC play to finish tied for fourth in the league standings. BSU was pegged sixth in the 2012 NSIC Coaches’ Poll and slotted third in the NSIC North.
The Beavers began practice Aug. 11 and will continue their preseason schedule until Aug. 27 when the team breaks camp for the start of the academic year. BSU will then conduct a week of practice to prepare for its 2012 opener Aug. 31 versus Upper Iowa University under the lights of Chet Anderson Stadium (6 p.m.).