BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University football’s non-traditional spring season comes to a close Saturday, May 1 as the program will host its annual Green and White spring game at Chet Anderson Stadium. The Beavers will go head-to-head in a scrimmage and individual drills starting at 3:30 p.m. with its youth camp to start at 1 p.m.
Due to COVID-19 attendance recommendations from state and local health officials, as well as BSU and MinnState guidelines, limited attendance, including immediate family and invited guests, has been capped at 500.
For those who are unable to attend, the event will be streamed live free of charge. Visit https://nsicnetwork.com/bsubeavers/ to watch the game on ROKU, Apple TV or your favorite laptop, desktop or mobile device.
Before the student-athletes begin warming up at 3 p.m., the program will host its youth camp on the field from 1-2 p.m. Registration for the camp begins at 12:15 p.m. with parent pick-up for 2 p.m. Beavers coaches and student-athletes will be on hand to teach football skills through various drills. All participants will be given pre-packaged meals after along with t-shirts and autographed cards of BSU student-athletes. A 45-minute break follows to allow all camp attendees to exit the facility before the start of BSU’s Green and White game.
Four seniors are graduating and will not return in 2021 including offensive linemen Hank Bellefy and Nick Johnson, defensive end Lucas Garbe and linebacker Spencer Potter.
The Beavers most recently completed the 2019 schedule with an 8-3 record overall, ranking second in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, and 6-1 in the NSIC North Division, ranking second. BSU finished with at least seven wins for the fifth straight season and at least eight for the third time over the last four seasons.
Seven returning BSU student-athletes were named to the 2019 All-NSIC Team including three to the first team, two on the second team and two to the honorable mention team. Four Beavers were named All-Americans, led by graduated defensive back Michael Junker with five total selections. All-American junior running back Jalen Frye returns after leading the NSIC with 148.6 rushing yards per game, ranking second with 1,337 total rushing yards and third with 10 rushing touchdowns in just nine games played.
During the 2019 season, the Beavers ranked second in the NSIC in total offense, behind a conference-best 11 sacks allowed and third-best 200.6 rushing yards per game. BSU’s total defense ranked sixth in the league and fifth in pass defense.
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).