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Football: Hein verbally commits to Northern Iowa

PERHAM - According to a tweet on Perham senior Jordan Hein's Twitter page Sunday, the six-foot-two, 195-pound quarterback has verbally committed to the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to play football in the upcoming 2013-14 season.

"I chose Northern Iowa for many different reasons," Hein said. "They wanted me most out of all the schools recruiting me. They care about the person not just a football player. I really like the coaching staff; they have a winning tradition, and they believe I will contribute to it. Also, the town of Cedar Falls loves their football and they get a ton of support from the community."

Hein was named to the 2012 all-state team at quarterback and the Minnesota Vikings all-state team.

Hein scored 24 touchdowns this season tying Perham legend Melvin "Fritz" Hanson for the most in a season in Yellowjacket history.

Hein is the career leading rusher in school history gaining 3,443 yards on 569 attempts from 2009-12. His 569 rushes are also a school career high.

Hein's career records are numerous:

6,894 total offensive yards, which is a whopping 2,025 more than Marcus Hendrickson's 4,869 (2005-07).

45 touchdowns, eight more than Fritz Hanson's 37.

During his career, Hein was responsible for 83 touchdowns. Next best is Ben Bucholz (2007-09) with 49.

Hein averaged 172.4 total offensive yards per game in 40 games. David Brouse (1994-5) is second averaging 170.9, but his mark was made in only nine games.

Hein holds another enormous lead in all-purpose yards 3,823 to former record holder Chris Grismer's 2,684 (1997-9).

286 points scored, 47 touchdowns, both school career high marks for Hein.

Hein was not just a rushing quarterback.

He is second all-time in passing attempts (491) completions (242) and touchdowns (36) to Perham's most prolific career passer Ben Bucholz.

Bucholz records are 528 attempts, 288 completions with 38 TDs.

Hein's 36 passing TDs are five more than University of North Dakota's Marcus Hendrickson, who threw 31 in his career as a Yellowjacket.

Many of Hein's records come with a story.

One of the more interesting records is a defensive statistic, career school-high fumble return yards of 92 yards off of one fumble recovery.

The play was far less a fumble than it was Hein following his nose to six points.

That fumble return happened October 14, 2011 at Detroit Lakes, Hein's junior season. The Lakers were inside the Jacket red zone looking to tie the score at 28. DL quarterback Joe Mollberg handed off right tackle to Jarret Nosal.

Hein ripped the ball from Nosal's grasp as he was stood up by Yellowjacket defenders and sprinted untouched to the Jacket end zone in what would be the game-winning score (35-28).

Hein's football career at quarterback was remarkable in every sense of the word and it may be decades or never before anyone touches any of his career statistics.

Northern Iowa was led this season by six-foot-two, 215-pound, red shirt freshman quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen who threw for 2,460 yards and 21 TDs and rushed for 165 and one score in 11 games.

The Panthers finished the season with a record of 5-6, very respectable, given three losses came to two Big Ten teams, Wisconsin (26-21) and Iowa (27-16), and FCS defending champions and 2012 finalists North Dakota State University (33-21).

More on this story as it develops.

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Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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