Beaver Football chosen third overall in NSIC Preseason Coaches' Poll

Beaver Football chosen third overall in NSIC Preseason Coaches' Poll
Monday, July 31, 2017
Beaver Football chosen third overall in NSIC Preseason Coaches' Poll

BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- Bemidji State University football was selected by the league’s coaches third overall and second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division in the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Senior quarterback Jordan Hein was named the NSIC North Division Co-Offensive Player of the Year and junior cornerback Gunner Olszewski was selected as the NSIC North Division Defensive Player of the Year.

The Beavers, who come off their 2016 Mineral Water Bowl victory, received 184 points in the poll, including two first-place votes, to rank third overall. Minnesota State University Mankato ranked first with 213 points and four first-place votes and University of Minnesota Duluth ranked second with 209 points and seven first-place votes to finish ahead of BSU in the overall poll. Bemidji State totaled 41 points and two first-place votes in the NSIC North Division Poll, following only UMD with 48 points and six first-place votes.

Hein, a native of Perham, Minn., was the repeat choice as NSIC North Division Offensive Player of the Year, sharing the honor this season with wide receiver Damon Gibson of Minnesota State University Moorhead. Hein enters 2017 as BSU’s most prolific passer in program history while holding career records in passing yards, passing attempts, passing touchdowns, 250-yard passing games, total offensive yards, touchdowns responsible for, total offense per game, total offense per play and 300-yard total offense games. He also set BSU single-season records in passing yards, passing touchdowns, 250-yard passing games, 300-yard total offense games, total offensive yards, total offense per game, total offense per play and touchdowns responsible for, nominee despite missing two games due to injury.

Hein finished 2016 with 3,007 passing yards and 31 touchdowns with 443 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. He ranked among the top 13 nationally in seven offensive categories, including finishing second in passing yards per completion and fourth in points responsible for per game. Hein finished 2016 as a Harlon Hill Trophy nominee, Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-Super Region Three team, All-NSIC Second Team and Mineral Water Bowl Offensive MVP, as well as earning 2015 All-NSIC First Team honors.

Olszewski, a native of Alvin, Texas, earns his first NSIC Preseason honor after finishing the past two seasons on the All-NSIC North Division First Team. He helped BSU lead the NSIC in interceptions as a unit in 2016 with three interceptions and 10 pass breakups. Olszewski finished second on the defense with 95 tackles after leading the unit in tackles during his true freshman season in 2015, when he earned NSIC Defensive Newcomer of the Year. The Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association selected Olszewski to the All-Super Region Three Second Team in 2016 while he also earned NSIC Defensive Player of the Week and NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Bemidji State returns six starters on offense and eight on defense, including nine All-NSIC members in total. The “Gang Green” return to the field for their season opener at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 on the road at Winona State University.

NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Total Points

  1. Minnesota State University Mankato (4) 213
  2. Minnesota Duluth (7) 209
  3. Bemidji State (2) 184
  4. Augustana (1) 172
  5. Sioux Falls (2) 171
  6. Winona State 165
  7. MSU Moorhead 137
  8. Southwest Minnesota State 129
  9. Northern State 121
  10. St. Cloud State 101
  11. Upper Iowa 86
  12. Wayne State 81
  13. Concordia-St. Paul 54
  14. Minot State 51
  15. U-Mary 29
  16. Minnesota Crookston 17


NSIC North Division Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Total Points

  1. Minnesota Duluth (6) 48
  2. Bemidji State (2) 41
  3. MSU Moorhead 34
  4. Northern State 33
  5. St. Cloud State 28
  6. Minot State 20
  7. U-Mary 12
  8. Minnesota Crookston 8


NSIC South Division Poll
Team (First Place Votes) Total Points

  1. Minnesota State, Mankato (6) 48
  2. Augustana (1) 38
  3. Sioux Falls (1) 35
  4. Winona State 34
  5. Southwest Minnesota State 30
  6. Wayne State 17
  7. Upper Iowa 14
  8. Concordia-St. Paul 8

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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