BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The academic year is underway and the sound of Bemidji State University athletic teams preparing the upcoming season have flooded campus. Today as the Beavers officially kick off the 2012 fall athletic campaign with their first home football game, BSUBeavers.com want to help get you geared up for 2012.
During the 10 days leading up to tonight's season-opener, BSUBeavers.com has given you inside access to fall training camp through the eyes of Bemidji State student-athletes. Today we finish the series with Matthew Valentine (Fr., OL, Little Falls, Minn.) to get a freshman's point of view of BSU football training camp.
Valentine was a three year football letter winner for Little Falls High School on the offensive line. He was named All-Granite Ridge and earned the conference’s award for offensive lineman of the year his senior season. He protected a Flyer quarterback that finished third in the conference in passing yards (978 yards). A three-sport prep athlete, Valentine has earned two letters in basketball and baseball.
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 have continued to prepare for its 2012 opener tonight at 6 p.m. versus Upper Iowa University.