Bemidji State football team lands three on super region team
Bemidji State football players Brody Scheff and Brian Leonhardt were named to the Daktronics, Inc. Super Region No. 3 First Team this week.
Cory Immerman was named to the Super Region No. 3 Second Team Offense.
The honors marked the first time in BSU program history that three players have been named to the Daktronics Super Region team.
Scheff and Leonhardt are the fourth and fifth BSU players to make the team and move on to the Daktronics, Inc. Division II Football All-American ballot.
The winners will be announced Dec. 13. Fourteen Bemidji State players have now been honored by Daktronics since 2000.
Scheff, a senior safety, was named to the Super Region Second Team in 2010. Earlier this month he was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
In conference games this season, Scheff ranked seventh in the NSIC in tackles with 91 (41 solo) for Bemidji State's No. 7 scoring defense in the nation.
Scheff's four interceptions in conference play tied for first. He was named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week twice and was D2Football.com's National Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 11.
Leonhardt, a junior tight end, continues to be a go-to target for Bemidji State quarterbacks. In 2011 he led the team in receptions (35) and reception yards (483). He surpassed his totals from last season, established career-highs in both categories and was named to the All-NSIC First Team Offense.
He averaged 43.9 yards per game and 13.8 yards per reception with two touchdowns. Leonhardt also surpassed the 1,000 career receiving yards plateau this season, becoming just the second BSU tight end since 1971 to surpass 1,000 career reception yards.
Immerman, a senior center, ended his career as a four-year starter and played in nine games this season. He has made the all-conference team three times and missed just three games in his college career.
Immerman centered a Bemidji State offensive line that guided the No. 13 rushing attack in the nation as it averaged 241.5 yards per game and went over 300 yards on four occasions.
The Beavers scored six touchdowns from the backfield twice during the 2011 season and totaled 31 rushing touchdowns, which is second most by BSU since 1970.
The 2,656 yards compiled by the Beavers this season set a program record for most rushing yards in a season since 1971.
The Beaver front line also protected its quarterback better than any other offensive line in the league as it only allowed 10 (0.91 sacks allowed per game) sacks this season to rank No. 6 in the nation.
The Beavers finished the 2011 season with an 8-3 overall record and a 7-3 mark in the NSIC to finish in a three-way tie for fourth in the league standings.