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Oakland Raiders tight end and Bemidji State alumnus Brian Leonhardt runs drills during spring OTAs earlier this year. Leonhardt, in his second year as a member of the Raiders, was listed as the No. 3 tight end on the depth chart in advance of Oakland's first preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings today in Minneapolis. Tony Gonzales |

FOOTBALL: Unique homecoming for former BSU tight end Leonhardt

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BEMIDJI -- Brian Leonhardt's chances of making an NFL team just got a big boost.

And today, the former Bemidji State tight end is getting a chance to showcase his talents for the Oakland Raiders in front of the most partisan crowd imaginable for an away game.


He just isn't sure which coaching staff will be harder on him.

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Jack Hittinger
Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.
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