#88 Brian Leonhardt
|HOMETOWN (LAST SCHOOL)||Blaine, Minn. (Spring Lake Park HS)|
Professional Career: Leonhardt signed an undrafted free agent contract with the National Football League's Oakland Raiders in 2013 after a successful collegiate career. He played in three preseason games as a rookie and totaled two receptions for 37 yards. He did not make the Raiders' final 53-man roster in late August, but was quickly added to the team’s seven-man practice squad where he spent the year acclimating himself to the NFL and the organization. He was re-signed by the Raiders as a reserve/future free agent Dec. 30, 2013.
2012 (Sr):Captain...Despite battling injuries his entire senior season at BSU, Leonhardt started 10 games and was honored as a 2012 BSN Division II All-America First Team member and was a North Division All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference First Team Offense selection. The tight end posted 25 receptions for 343 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 34.3 yards per game, 13.7 yards per reception and had a season-long reception of 38 yards. An extension of the offensive line, Leonhardt helped guide the Beavers to 170.8 rushing yards per game and 20 touchdowns... Was named to the Capitol One Academic All-America First Team and made his third consecutive appearance on the NSIC Fall All-Academic Team.
He capped his career with 15 touchdowns to tie for eighth at Bemidji State all-time and his 112 career receptions are 10th at BSU. Leonhardt finished his career with 1,431 reception yards to rank second only to Bruce Ecklund (1980-83) among BSU tight ends (since 1971).
2011 (Jr): Earned Daktronics All-America Second Team Offense, D2Football.com All-America Honorable Mention, Daktronics, Inc. Super Region #3 First Team, All-NSIC First Team and Consensus Draft Services 2011 Preseason All-America Honorable Mention Football Team honors... Started all 11 games and led the team in receptions (35) and reception yards (483), to surpass his totals from 2010 and established career-highs in both categories... Averaged 43.9 yards per game and 13.8 yards per reception with two touchdowns... An extension of the offensive line that guided the second best rushing attack (No. 13 nationally) in the league for 241.5 yards per game... Helped protect quarterback Lance Rongstad as the Beavers ranked first in the NSIC and No. 6 in the nation in sacks allowed (.91 sacks allowed per game)... Blocked two field goal attempts.
Totaled a career-high 129 yards, a touchdown and his season-long reception of 34 yards in the 30-27 overtime upset of No. 16 Augustana College Sept. 10 in Sioux Falls, S.D... Became the first BSU receiver to go over 100 yards in a game since George Kadlec did so in 2008... Posted six receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown in a victory against No. 6 St. Cloud State (Nov. 5)... Brought in 89 yards on six receptions against Minot State (Aug. 25)... Blocked two field goal attempts at Northern State (Oct. 29), a 34- and 26-yard attempt.
Surpassed the 1,000 career receiving yards plateau in 2011 to become just the second BSU tight end since 1971 to surpass 1,000 carer reception yards as he follows Bruce Ecklund (1,542 yards, 1980-83).
With a 3.68 GPA in business administration, Leonhardt was named Capital One Academic All-America Division II Second Team and Capital One All-Academic All-District VII College Division First Team for his efforts in the classroom... 2011 Fall Academic All-NSIC.
2010 (So): Played in all 11 games with seven starts at the tight end position... Earned All-NSIC First Team honors... Finished second on the team in receptions and yards with 351 yards on 28 receptions for a 12.5 yards per catch average, all of which surpassed his totals from his freshman season... Scored three touchdowns... Averaged 31.9 yards per game, which also ranked second on the team... Was named to the ESPN the Magazine / College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Academic All-District Second Team and earned a spot on the 2010 Fall Academic All-NSIC Team.
Scored twice against Northern State (10/30/10), converting on both his receptions that totaled 28 yards... Caught a five-yard touchdown pass against Minnesota, Crookston (11/13/10)... Had five receptions for a 2010-best 76 yards at Minnesota Duluth (9/25/10)... Brought down seven passes (tied career-high) for 65 yards at MSU Moorhead (10/16/10)... Had a career-long catch of 27 yards at Southwest Minnesota State (9/18/10) that setup a 1st-and-goal situation the Beavers would convert into a touchdown... Totaled at least two receptions for 25 yards or more in seven consecutive games (9/18-10/30)... Recorded an assisted tackle versus Upper Iowa (10/2/10).
Was an important extension of an offensive line that paved the way for a Beaver offense that averaged 334.1 yards and 25.2 points per game... The unit opened holes for a BSU running attack that went over 200 yards five times, including twice over 300 yards... Protected quarterback Derek Edholm as he averaged 144.1 yards through the air and connected with BSU wide receivers for 15 touchdowns.
2009 (Fr): Leonhardt’s combination of size, speed and soft hands gave the Beavers a weapon at the tight end position like they haven’t had for quite some time... Was named All-NSIC Honorable Mention... Led all BSU receivers with 24 receptions and seven touchdown catches in 2009... Posted 254 receiving yards to rank third on the team... Also on the BSU track and field team as a thrower... Placed third at the NSIC Indoor Championships with a mark of 53-01.50 followed by a fourth-place finish at the outdoor championships registering a toss of 50-10.75.
Made his debut in the green and white versus Minot State (8/27/09)... Hauled in a two-yard touchdown pass in the game... Caught two passes for nine yards and a touchdown at Northern State (9/26/09)... The touchdown sparked a streak of four games in which he hauled in six TD passes... Recorded career-highs for receiving yards (82) and touchdowns (3) at Minnesota, Crookston (10/17/09)... Caught a career-best seven passes for 64 yards agasint Minnesota Duluth (10/24/09).
2008 (RS): Sat out entire season as a redshirt.
Prior to BSU: A three-sport athlete at Spring Lake Park High School, Leonhardt excelled in football, wrestling and track and field... He captained the Panthers’ football team as a senior... Was a two-time all-conference pick and was named to the academic all-conference team... On the mat, Leonhardt served as the Panthers’ wrestling captain for two seasons... He was named all-conference on two occasions and earned all-state accolades placing fifth in 2007... Leonhardt was an all-conference thrower for the Panthers’ track and field team... A conference champion in the shot put, he captured section titles in both the shot put and discus en route to all-state honors in both.
Personal: Born April 2, 1990... Son of Roger & Kolette Leonhardt... Is a business administration major.
Receptions: 7, 3x last at U-Mary (10/6/12); Receiving Yards: 129 at Augustana (9/10/11); Long Reception: 38 at U-Mary (10/6/12); Receiving Touchdowns: 3 at Minnesota, Crookston (10/17/09).