College football: BSU coaching staff addresses team's needs
BEMIDJI — After the BSU football team finished 3-8 last season the coaching staff knew there were some holes that needed to be filled and Beaver head coach Jeff Tesch believes that positive steps have been taken in that direction.
“Last season was not what we’ve been accustomed to lately,” Tesch said Wednesday at a press conference to announce this year’s recruiting class.
Among the culprits that hampered last fall’s success were spotty quarterback play and a defense that did not hurry the opposing quarterback.
“One of the main things we felt we needed to do was play more consistently at quarterback and that is something we wanted to address with this recruiting class,” Tesch said. “And defensively we needed to get more pressure on the quarterback with the defensive line and the backers.”
The new faces on BSU’s roster reflect those focus points. The list of 21 new freshmen recruits includes quarterbacks John Vogeler of Alexandria and Alex Yanosko of Minot. Also ready to challenge for the starting quarterback job next year will be Jordan Hein of Perham who transferred to BSU after playing a year at Northern Iowa.
“I think this is as deep a group at quarterback as we’ve had (in quite a while),” Tesch said of his stable of quarterback candidates. “Having a quarterback battle is a nice problem to have.”
Tesch and his staff also spent considerable effort bolstering the defense and among the new linebacker recruits is Trey Volk of Blackduck.
“We are thrilled to have Trey,” Tesch said. “He is an outside linebacker who can blitz and put pressure on the quarterback.”
The other linebackers who officially committed to BSU on Wednesday included Niko Daniello of Lake Park, Ill., Trysten Ross of Little Falls and Brock Scheving of East Grand Forks.
The recruiting class also includes a kicker/punter, three wide receivers, five offensive linemen, three defensive linemen and three runningbacks.
In addition to Hein, wide receiver Brad Birchfield of College of DuPage and offensive lineman Matt Sloan of Mesa Community College have become Beavers.
“I think this is a great group of kids,” Tesch said of his new players. “We have the numbers (the coaches wanted), we filled the holes and we have recruited (academic) honor-roll athletes. We have 24 new players and we believe that these are talented kids.”
BSU Freshman Recruits
Trey Volk, LB, Blackduck
Brock Scheving, LB, East Grand Forks
John Vogeler, QB, Alexandria
Charlie Duckstad, OL, Fertile-Beltrami
Jakob Ettestad, RB, International Falls
Trysten Ross, LB, Little Falls
Jalen Wuchko, RB/FB, Little Falls
Wyatt Russek, OL, Delano
Brady Youngberg, OL/DL, Barnum
Zach Sinnen, OL, Waconia
Isaac Aanerud, K, Rogers
Alex Hoffman, DL, Lakeville South
Tahi Noamane, RB, Maple Grove
Non Minnesota Recruits
Austin Contreras, WR, Grafton, N.D.
Niko Daniello, LB, Lake Park, Ill.
Jeff Harris, DL/LB, Valley Vista, Ariz.
Josh Hawn, WR/DB, Park Falls, Wis.
Jared Johnson, DL, Hudson, Wis.
Ryan Toeller, WR, Racine, Wis.
Matt Wang, OL, Hudson, Wis.
Alex Yanosko, QB, Minot, N.D.
Junior College Transfers
Jordan Hein, QB, Perham, Northern Iowa
Brad Birchfield, WR, College of DuPage
Matt Sloan, OL, Mesa Community College