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Jordan Hein to transfer from UNI to Bemidji State University

Jordan Hein will officially announce next week that he is transferring to Bemidji State University to play quarterback. Robert Williams/FOCUS

PERHAM, Minn. – Northern Iowa quarterback Jordan Hein of Perham, Minn., is transferring to NCAA Division II Bemidji State, he told the Forum News Service on Friday night.

Hein redshirted as a freshman this season for the Division I FCS Panthers, which was not a perfect fit for one of Perham's most heavily recruited football players in history.

“It wasn’t as good of a fit as I thought it would be,” Hein said. “Some things happened that I didn’t really agree with and in college, it’s more of a business, and you’ve got to look out for yourself and what’s best for you and I felt like it wasn’t very good for me to stay here.”

As a high school senior at Perham, Hein led the Yellowjackets to the Minnesota state semifinals. He was named to the Associated Press Minnesota All-State first team as a quarterback.

“I obviously wanted to go back somewhere in Minnesota and somewhere in Division II and I was thinking of a lot of the schools in the NSIC, like Duluth, Mankato, St. Cloud and Bemidji. I felt like Bemidji was a good fit. They need a quarterback and that’s the position I play.”

Hein finished his prep career with 3,451 passing yards and 37 touchdown passes. He also ran for 45 touchdowns.

The move brings Hein much closer to home and will allow him to play with his brother Jesse, the starting center for the Beavers football team.

Next season a Hein will be snapping the ball to Hein making Bemidji a Saturday afternoon hotspot for Perham football fans.

“That was also another big factor. It's pretty special to be able to play with your brother, especially at the collegiate level, so I’m pretty excited.”

Hein will meet with Bemidji coaches on Wednesday to make the transfer official.

Career Records at Perham: 

3,443 yards - career rushing yards

569 - career rushing attempts

45 - rushing touchdowns

6,894 total offensive yards

83 touchdowns responsible for

172.4 total offensive yards per game

3,823 all-purpose yards

286 points scored

47 touchdowns scored

92 fumble return yards (on one play at DL, 2011)

Career Numbers:


Year    G     Att   Yds   TD  Lg  vg/C   Avg/G
2012   40   569  3443  45  86   6.1     86.1


Year    G  Att- Cmp- Int    Yds  TD  Lg   Pct   Avg/P Avg/G  Effic
2012   40  491- 242-18   3451  36  82  49.3   7.0     86.3  125.2

All-purpose yards:

Year    G  Rush   Rec    PR    KR    IR  Total   Avg/G
2012   40  3443   138    98    19   125   3823  95.6

Total offense:

Year    G  Rush  Pass  Total    Avg/G
2012   40  3443  3451   6894  172.4


Year    G    TD  Rush  Pass Retn  PAT   2PAT   FG  Total Avg/G
2012   40    47    45       0       2       0      2        0      286    7.2

Statistics courtesy Ron Berns 


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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