Beaver Football sets new record with 18 selections to All-NSIC team

Beaver Football sets new record with 18 selections to All-NSIC team
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Beaver Football sets new record with 18 selections to All-NSIC team

BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University football team tied a program record with 18 selections to the 2017 All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, which was released Wednesday. The Beavers totaled seven student-athletes on the All-NSIC First Team, six on the All-NSIC Second Team and five on the All-NSIC Honorable Mention team.

Jordan Hein, Jacob Krause, Andrew Lackowski and Brandon Schindler were named to the NSIC North Division All-Conference First Team Offense, while Niko Daniello, Gunner Olszewski and John Vogeler were selected to the First Team Defense. Bemidji State’s selections to the NSIC All-Conference Second Team Defense included Gabe Ames, Alex Burgess, EJ Olszewski and Trysten Ross, while Isaac Aanerud and Gunner Olszewski were named to the Second Team Special Teams. Jamison Evans, Matt Gross, Christian Lunde, Tahi Nomane and Jake Wirsching were each selected to the All-NSIC Honorable Mention team.

Hein, a senior quarterback from Perham, Minn., finished his career at BSU as the program leader in passing yardage (8,459), passing attempts (1,117), passing completions (611), touchdown passes (89), 250-yard passing games (16), total offensive yardage (10,104), total touchdowns responsible for (110), total offense per game (235) and 300-yard total offensive games (15). He led the NSIC with 26 touchdown passes and averaged 189.3 passing yards per game. Hein also added 271 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown. He ranked third in the NSIC with a 137.7 passer efficiency and fifth in passing yards per game.

Krause, a senior guard from Wadena, Minn., and Schindler, a senior tackle from Waterford, Wis., helped drive BSU’s 35.3 points per game, which ranked third in the NSIC. The Beavers also ranked third in the league with 202.5 rushing yards per game and fourth with 396.5 total yards per game. Krause, a team captain, started all 11 games and finished his career on a 33-game start streak. Schindler started all 11 games this season and also has a games started streak that goes back over 30 games.

Lackowski, a junior running back from Rocklin, Calif., finished his first season with BSU ranked fourth in the NSIC with 959 rushing yards. He had a streak of three consecutive games with at least 150 yards rushing, culminated with a 184-yard performance Oct. 21 at Northern State. Lackowski punched in five touchdowns on the ground and added another four receiving scores.

Daniello, a senior linebacker from Addison, Ill., started all 11 games at inside linebacker while leading the team with 82 total tackles. His tackle production ranked him 14th in the NSIC, as 45 were assisted and 37 were solo. Daniello also led the team with 13.0 tackles for a loss and four sacks. He forced one fumble and broke up one pass. Daniello finishes his BSU career with 176 tackles, 24.0 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks.

Gunner Olszewski, a junior corner back from Alvin, Texas, started all 11 games and finished second on the team with 67 tackles. He led the team with seven pass break-ups while snagging one interception. Olszewski was also named to the All-NSIC Second Team Special Teams after totaling 188 kickoff return yards, averaging 23.5 yards per return, and 168 punt return yards, averaging 10.5 yards per return.

Vogeler, a junior safety from Alexandria, Minn., led the Beavers with five interceptions and started all 11 games. He brought back three interceptions for touchdowns, which led the NSIC. Vogeler ended with 46 total tackles, 28 solo, a team-high 11 pass deflections and two tackles for a loss.

Ames, a freshman linebacker from Rosemount, Minn., started five games and finished with 40 tackles, including 23 solo. He racked up 5.0 tackles for a loss and 3.0 sacks, while also forcing one fumble and grabbing one interception.

Burgess, a senior defensive end from Hudson, Wis., started all 11 games and finished his BSU career ranked 10th in program history with 16 sacks. He totaled 29 tackles, including 5.0 for a loss, and three sacks during his final season.

EJ Olszewski, a senior corner back from Alvin, Texas, tied for the BSU team lead with five interceptions in 11 games started. Three of his five interceptions came in one game, tying a BSU single-game record, Sept. 30 at University of Minnesota Crookston. Olszewski finished his senior season with 38 total tackles, two tackles for a loss and 10 pass deflections.

Ross, a senior linebacker from Little Falls, Minn., ranked third on BSU with 59 tackles after starting all 11 games. His 10.0 tackles for a loss and 3.0 sacks ranked second on the team while he also added two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

Aanerud, a kicker/punter from Otsego, Minn., ranked fifth in the NSIC with 15 field goals, which broke his own record for the most in a single season for a Beaver. He also set the program’s all-time field goals mark while doubling his total heading into the 2017 season. Aanerud will enter his senior season with 30 career field goals and set a season-long field goal of 50 yards Sept. 30 at Minnesota Crookston. He also averaged 35.5 yards per punt and put 17 of 53 total punts within the 20-yard line. Aanerud set a season- and career-long punt of 70 yards Nov. 4 against St. Cloud State University.

Evans, a senior linebacker from Deer River, Minn., started all 11 games and led BSU with 4.0 sacks. He totaled 53 tackles, including 20 solo, and 8.0 tackles for a loss on the season. Evans set a career-high 3.5 sacks in the season finale Nov. 11 at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Gross, a sophomore fullback from Napoleon, N.D., broke out this season while playing in all 11 games. He caught 13 passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns. He also helped BSU’s rushing attack that ranked third in the NSIC.

Lunde, a senior wide receiver from St. Thomas, N.D., led BSU with 34 receptions and 476 receiving yards in 11 games. He caught four receiving touchdowns and averaged 14.0 yards per reception. Lunde finishes his BSU career with 80 receptions, 1,228 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown pass in the 2017 season finale at MSU Moorhead.

Nomane, a senior running back from Maple Grove, Minn., was part of the NSIC’s third-leading rushing attack while playing in all 11 games. He ranked second on the team with 618 yards while also recording five rushing touchdowns. He averaged 5.3 rushing yards per carry and 56.2 yards per game. Nomane finishes his BSU career ranked sixth on the program’s all-time rushing list with 2,351 yards.

Wirsching, a senior defensive lineman from Waterford, Wis., started all 11 games for BSU and ranked eighth on the team with 43 tackles. He totaled 3.0 sacks and 5.0 tackles for a loss while also recovering one fumble and blocking one kick.

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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).