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BSU notebook: Vikings eye Schreiber

Former Bemidji State University wide receiver and return specialist Anthony Schreiber will get his chance to play football on Sundays. BSU's all-time leading receiver was invited to participate in the Minnesota Vikings free-agent mini-camp beginn...

Former Bemidji State University wide receiver and return specialist Anthony Schreiber will get his chance to play football on Sundays.

BSU's all-time leading receiver was invited to participate in the Minnesota Vikings free-agent mini-camp beginning today.

He is one of 50 players invited and will join the five Vikings' draft picks, 17 undrafted free agents already signed to rookie free-agent contracts and 20 other athletes at Vikings headquarters at Winter Park in Eden Prairie.

There, he will have the opportunity to earn a free-agent contract.

"It's a dream of all young athletes to play at the next level. When you manage to play in college, if you have a shot, you want to take that next step," Schreiber said. "It's a great feeling to know that I actually have an opportunity to do that."

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Schreiber is coming off a senior season during which he led the Beavers in receptions (56) and receiving yardage (770) for the third consecutive season while his 11 all-purpose touchdowns nearly doubled that of his closest teammate.

The multi-talented player also led the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and finished 12th in the nation in per punt return average (13.9). Schreiber was the only NSIC player to return a punt for a touchdown last season and he had two.

He averaged a team-high 32.8 yards per kick return average, which included a 90-yard return for a touchdown.

"We are happy for Anthony," BSU head coach Jeff Tesch said. "Anytime you get your foot in the door for an NFL tryout, it's obviously an exciting reward for all the hard work, time and effort put in. I hope it works out of him."

A five-time all-league pick, Schreiber capped his collegiate career as Bemidji State's all-time leading receiver.

His total of 2,677 yards is tops at BSU and his 196 catches better the school's previous record by nearly 30 receptions.

Schreiber's 22 touchdown receptions stand fourth on BSU's all-time receiving chart while his 32 total touchdowns is the fourth-best total in the 82-year history of the program.

Schreiber also left BSU tied with Jason Leden (1998-01) for most career punt return touchdowns (3), finished second on the single-season touchdowns list (2) and ranked third in career-punt return yardage (558).

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Schreiber becomes the third former Beaver to receive an invitation to an NFL camp under Tesch.

He follows Michael Nordyke, who tried out for the Vikings in 2005 and Jonathan Hawks, who earned a 2007 try out for the New Orleans Saints.

"This proves we are recruiting good players," said Tesch. "These three have been impact players for us and are part of the reason we have had the kind of record we have had."

Now in the midst of its spring drills, the Bemidji State football team is coming off a season in which it posted an overall record of 7-4 in 2007 while it recorded a mark of 6-3 versus NSIC competition to finish fourth in the league.

Scrimmage Saturday

The BSU football team will conclude spring practices Saturday with the annual spring game.

The scrimmage is slated for 1 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium.

Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

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Youth camp Saturday

The Bemidji State University Football Program will hold its annual Youth Football Camp for students in kindergarten through sixth grades on Saturday.

Participants will receive fundamental football instruction on throwing, catching, blocking, kicking, punting and tackling by the BSU coaching staff and current BSU Beaver football players.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., the camp is at 11 a.m. and it will be followed by a lunch, autograph session with the BSU players and admittance to the BSU Spring Scrimmage at 1:30 p.m.

Cost is $14 and includes a Beaver football T-Shirt.

Registration forms are available on the Internet at www.bemidjistate.edu/football .

For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Deb at 755-2941.

Baseball changes

The Bemidji State University baseball team will wrap its conference season this week with six games against the University of Mary and Wayne State College.

Bemidji was set to conclude the home season this week with non-conference series against Minnesota-Duluth and Mary, but the weekend snowstorm made BSU Baseball Field unplayable.

The Beavers will travel to Bismarck, N.D. to take on Mary today in a doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m.

The Beavers will play the NSIC first place team in Wayne State for a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. and Sunday's doubleheader begins at noon.

Bemidji State is 13-20-1 overall and 11-9 in NSIC play.

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