Leonhardt earns Academic All-District First-Team nod
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Leonhardt earns Academic All-District First-Team nod

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University senior tight end Brian Leonhardt (Blaine, Minn.) has been honored as a member of the Capital One All-Academic All-District III College Division First-Team, selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), for his hard work and dedication in the classroom.

Last season, Leonhardt and Brody Scheff earned the all-district award and moved on to be Capital One Academic All-America Second-Team members.

First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

Leonhardt has battled injuries all season, but has played and started in nine games. A preseason All-American, the tight end has 22 receptions for 306 yards, which ranks second on the Beavers, and two touchdowns. He is averaging 34.0 yards per game, 13.9 yards per reception and has a season-long reception of 38 yards. He posted a season-high 93 yards on seven receptions at University of Mary Oct. 6. An extension of the offensive line, Leonhardt has helped guide the Beavers to 167.8 rushing yards per game and 16 touchdowns.

He owns 14 career touchdowns to rank ninth all-time at Bemidji State and his 1,394 career reception yards ranks second among BSU tight ends since 1971. He has brought in 109 receptions in his career to sit 10th at BSU.

Leonhardt owns a 3.71 GPA in business administration, is a 2011 Academic All-America selection, three-time academic all-district award winner and two-time Fall NSIC All-Academic Team member.

The academic all-district teams are nominated and selected by College Sports Information Directors of America’s 2,900 members. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable). In baseball and softball, pitchers must have at least 10.0 innings pitched. Athletes who have not participated in at least 50 percent of their team’s contests are not eligible. No student-athlete is eligible until he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility. In the cases of transfers, graduate students and two-year college graduates, the student-athlete must have completed one full calendar year at the nominating institution to be eligible. Nominees in graduate school must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better both as an undergrad and in grad school.

Bemidji State is 6-4 overall and its 5-1 record in NSIC North play remains tied for first and a win Nov. 10 at home against Minot State University in the season finale would secure a share of the 2012 North Division title. The contest against its fellow Beavers is set to kickoff at 1 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

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