Green & White spring game to kick off Saturday from Chet Anderson Stadium

Green & White spring game to kick off Saturday from Chet Anderson Stadium
Monday, April 10, 2017
Green & White spring game to kick off Saturday from Chet Anderson Stadium

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Four weeks of work from the Bemidji State University football program culminates with the annual Green and White spring game at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15 at Chet Anderson Stadium. The inter-squad scrimmage will be the final practice held by the Beavers during the 2017 spring season

Attendance to the annual spring game is free with parking available at Diamond Point Park and outside the American Indian Resource Center.

The Beavers will conclude its spring training period after holding 14 practice sessions that began March 22.

Interim head coach Brent Bolte and the coaching staff produced one of the program’s most historic seasons in 2016 after its first-ever post-season victory, a 36-23 win against Washburn University in the Mineral Water Bowl. Fifteen seniors graduated from the program last season, opening up playing time at fullback, wide receiver, offensive line, linebacker and the defensive secondary.

The Beavers return the bulk of their offense but will look to fill the holes of three starting offensive linemen. The left tackle, center and right guard positions were vacated by graduating seniors while five offensive linemen started all 12 games in 2016. Quarterback and 2016 Harlon Hill nominee Jordan Hein returns to lead the BSU backfield with running back Tahi Nomane also returning. Running back Michael Washington will be the first to split time in the backfield with Nomane after losing one senior running back. The Beavers return nearly half of the yardage producers at wide receiver and tight end, as two starting wide receivers and the top two tight ends both return for 2017.

The “Gang Green” defense will replace two starting safeties and the starting defensive tackle, but return five All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference student-athletes, including defensive end Alex Burgess, linebacker Jamison Evans, corner back Gunner Olszewski and linebacker Trysten Ross who were all named All-NSIC First Team.

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).