BEMIDJI, Minn. – Beyond Sports College Network released its 2012 All-America teams Tuesday and named Bemidji State University senior tight end Brian Leonhardt (Blaine, Minn.) to the 2012 BSN Division II All-America First Team. Leonhardt was named Preseason All-American Honorable Mention by the publication prior to the start of the season.
A 2011 All-America selection, Leonhardt becomes the first player since Eddie Acosta to earn All-American honors in back-to-back seasons. Acosta, the program’s all-time rushing leader, was named All-America in 2000 and 2001. Overall, Leonhardt is the 26th Bemidji State All-America football player and the first from BSN.
Despite battling injuries all season, Leonhardt started 10 games and was honored as North Division All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference First Team Offense. The tight end posted 25 receptions for 343 yards and three touchdowns. His reception and reception yardage numbers were third on the team in 2012, while the three scores put him in a four-way tie for first. He averaged 34.3 yards per game, 13.7 yards per reception and had 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 170.8 rushing yards per game and 20 touchdowns.
He capped his career with 15 touchdowns to rank tied for eighth all-time at Bemidji State and his 112 career receptions are 10th at BSU. Leonhardt finished his career with 1,431 career reception yards to rank second among BSU tight ends since 1971.
The Beavers started 1-3, but finished the 2012 season 7-4 to record their 14th record of at least .500 in their last 15 seasons. The team’s 5-1 record at Chet Anderson Stadium ties a program-best for home wins in a season and marks the 11th consecutive winning record at home. Bemidji State went 6-1 in the North to share the North Division title with University of Minnesota Duluth and record its best showing in the five years since beginning divisional play.
In recognition of the NSIC North Co-Championship, the Beavers are inviting the public to celebrate the season at the 2012 North Division Champions Banquet Dec. 8 from 5-8 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Bemidji, Minn. For more information - http://www.bsubeavers.com/football/news/2012/6250/nsic-north-division-champions-banquet-set-for-dec-8/
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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).