FOOTBALL: Beavers' spring game cancelled due to snow
BEMIDJI -- Once again, the unpredictable “spring” weather in Northern Minnesota has made things difficult for the Bemidji State football team.
After spending the entire month of April practicing outdoors, BSU’s annual Green And White spring game has been cancelled due to the snow showers that blanketed the Bemidji area Thursday. It was scheduled to be their 15th and final practice of the spring.
“I may be the most unpopular guy in the town of Bemidji right now,” BSU head coach Jeff Tesch joked Thursday night. “We would have liked to have been out there, I just think we wouldn't have been able to really serve any purpose out there. The snow was so deep you couldn’t see the lines or the hashes or anything.”
The game will not be made up do to NCAA rules. A program is allowed 15 practice sessions within a period of 29-consecutive calendar days. The final session can be used as a spring game, but needs to be held one week, or more, prior the start of finals. Bemidji State has a reading day to begin finals May 1.
In all, the Beavers had 14 outdoor practices this spring season thanks to the new FieldTurf installed this fall at Chet Anderson Stadium. Last season the Beavers barely played outdoors at all aside from the Green And White Game.
“I guess I’d rather look at it as, I guess we had 14 great practices compared to a year ago where we maybe had one,” Tesch said.
The Beavers will report back to camp this fall Aug. 13 with the first day of preseason practice scheduled for Aug. 14. BSU’s first game is scheduled for Sept. 6 at Wayne State.
“I was really happy with some of the redshirts we had,” Tesch said. “Some of the defensive backs, linebackers, offensive and defensive lineman. Their redshirts are done and they looked good. I think they’re going to make us better.”
The loss of the spring game also means BSU’s quarterback battle must wait until the fall.
The top two candidates to be the Beavers’ starter in 2014 are sophomore Ryan Shields and Northern Iowa transfer Jordan Hein.
Tesch said Wednesday he didn’t expect to name a starter out of spring practice but was looking forward to evaluating both players during a the full-speed scrimmage the game would have offered.