Former Beavers basketball guard member of first-ever fan-run sports team

Former Beavers basketball guard member of first-ever fan-run sports team
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Former Beavers basketball guard member of first-ever fan-run sports team

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Former Bemidji State University men’s basketball guard and All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference First Team member Brock Lutes will be a part of history tonight as part of the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles indoor football team. The team, a member of the Indoor Football League, will begin its season tonight as the first-ever fan-run sports team.

Fans will control the offensive play calls on the field in real time for the Screaming Eagles and have already decided the IFL expansion team’s site, coach, logo, mascot, cheerleaders and players. Lutes was one of 25 players voted to join the team as a wide receiver and defensive back.

Fans will be allowed to choose from a selection of play calls based on down and distances for Salt Lake. Votes will be tallied through an app, in which fans will be given 15 seconds to choose each play before Screaming Eagles head coach William McCarthy relays the play to the team.

Over 30,000 fans across the United States and 20 countries have helped make the preseason decisions and will have an impact on the Screaming Eagles’ game versus the Nebraska Danger at 8 p.m. tonight. Sports Illustrated will live stream Thursday night’s game on its website.

Lutes, a native of Portland, Ore., was named All-NSIC First Team and Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team during his first season with the Beavers men’s basketball program. He earned NSIC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week three times and averaged 21.3 points during the 2013-14 season. The Beavers finished the 2013-14 season with a share of the NSIC North Division Championship. Lutes led BSU in scoring during his two years with the program and finished his senior season averaging 16.3 points per game.

Lutes was a two-sport athlete in basketball and football at Newberg High School. After completing his career at BSU, he signed a mini-camp deal with the Denver Broncos.

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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).