Brendan Beaulieu was part of one of the most potent offenses in the state during the 2016 season. The Park Wolfpack averaged 41 points per game and scored no less than 26 points during the season. They had a great season last fall, but like most programs in the state, Beaulieu felt it could have gone better.
“We definitely didn't make it as far as we wanted to,” Beaulieu said. “We thought we were State contenders this year. We didn't make it there, but we had a solid season overall.”
A large part of the team's success was the connection between Beaulieu and quarterback Brandon Alt. Despite starting many guys without much experience, Park still finished with a 7-3 record – including a playoff victory.
“We didn't have much depth and experience at the varsity level,” Beaulieu said.
This winter the senior was on the basketball team.
“The basketball season didn't go as we had planned,” Beaulieu said. “We thought we would be better this year. We only had a couple of seniors on varsity, but I think we changed the basketball culture at Park.”
Beaulieu led the team in scoring and throughout the season played every position on the court.
This spring his focus will turn to football.
“I am just going to prepare for football. I am not playing any sports.”
Beaulieu's recruiting experience was one he cherished.
“The process went really well,” Beaulieu explained. “I was blessed to have all the schools talk to me and give me an opportunity to play.”
The senior only went on one official visit – Bemidji State – he knew he had found a home.
“I liked the family atmosphere they had there. I liked the campus and could see myself going there.”
Beaulieu said the Bemidji staff likes his size, his body control and that he played multiple positions in high school.
Moorhead State and Northern State were the other schools pursuing northstarfootballnews.com's 198th ranked player from the 2017 class.
How much playing time he sees in year one has yet to be determined.
“They would prefer freshmen redshirt,” Beaulieu told northstarfootballnews, “but they said I could compete for a spot and I could play if they need me.”
The coaching staff wants Beaulieu to improve his flexibility, and the senior also feels he needs to improve getting off the line and needs to learn to use his size more effectively.
Beaulieu and Alt were a tough combination to stop in high school. Beaulieu said they didn't plan it this way, but with Alt also deciding to commit to the Beavers – the potential for that duo to continue to light up the scoreboard is something the Beavers' staff certainly is looking forward to in the years to come.