NEW YORK -- Colton Blascyk, Blake Holder, Jesse Hein and Matthew Valentine of the Bemidji State University football team have been named to the BSU trio named to the 26th Annual USA D-II College Football All-American Team. Blascyk, a senior linebacker, and Holder, a sophomore wideout, earned spots on the first team, while Hein and Valentine, who are both junior offensive linemen, got second-team nods.
Blascyk, a 2014 All-NSIC Second Team selection... Started all nine games before missing the final two games of the season... Was second on the team with 79 total tackles (32 solo, 47 assisted) which was eighth in the conference... Finished with 13 tackles for a loss (-48 yards) which was second on the team and was eleventh in the conference... Recorded three sacks along with one fumble recovery, one quarterback hurry and one pass break up... Recorded ten or more tackles four times... Posted a career-high 12 tackles at U-Mary (Oct. 4) along with a career high 1.5 sacks... Posted another career-high three tackles for a loss at St. Cloud State (Nov. 1).
An All-NSIC First Team selection, Holder started all 11 games at wide receiver as a freshman, during which he led the team with 764 yards receiving on 42 receptions along with a team high six receivng touchdowns... Averaged 18.2 yards per reception... His six receiving touchdowns were tied for seventh highest in the conference along with being ranked ninth in receiving yards... Was second on the team in all-purpose yards with 818... Had a career and team long 81-yard receiving touchdown versus Sioux Falls (Sept. 13) along with career highs with seven receptions and 153 receiving yards... Had a career high two receiving touchdowns at St. Cloud State (Nov. 1)... Had three straight games of 100+ yards reveiving along with five games of five or more receptions.
Hein, a junior offensive lineman, atarted all 11 games at center after returning from a season ending injury in 2013. Valentine, who will also be a junior offensive lineman, started all 11 games again on the offensive line to push his streak to 22 straight starts. The pair of All-NSIC Second Team picks anchored an offensive line group which helped the Beavers compile 4,251 yards of total offense, including 1,411 yards of rushing. In fourth down conversions, BSU was 46 percent (16-of-35) and in the red zone it was 79 percent (30-of-38).
Bemidji State completed its 2014 campaign with an overall record of 3-8, while it finished sixth with a 3-4 mark in the NSIC North Division standings. he Beavers open the 11-game 2015 season Sept. 5 when the BSU hosts Augustana College.
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).