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Ex-Viking and ex-Gopher could be contestants for Minnesota 'Bachelorette' Michelle Young

Michelle Young, a teacher from Edina, is the show's Season 18 star.

There could be a whole lotta' Minnesota flavor in the upcoming season of ABC's The Bachelorette. Not only will Woodbury native Michelle Young be the Bachelorette, but she'll have a couple of men with Minnesota ties possibly in contention for her love. 

ABC unveiled 35 potential candidates for Season 18 of the show, including former Gophers basketball standout Joe Coleman and ex-Vikings offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann. 

Coleman was the Minnesota Mr. Basketball winner at Hopkins in 2011, then went on to play two years at the University of Minnesota. When coach Tubby Smith was fired after the 2013-14 season, Coleman transferred to Saint Mary's College in California. 

Coleman certainly has basketball and Minnesota in common with Young, who is a teacher in Edina. 

Young averaged 22.1 points per game as a senior at Woodbury High School, where she set the school's single-season scoring record and was named an Associated Press All-State selection in 2011. She was also named to the Star Tribune's All-Metro First Team, was a finalist for Minnesota's Miss Basketball award and was a McDonald's All-America nominee. 

Young later played in college at Bradley University. 

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Witzman played seven years in the NFL. He signed with the Vikings in 2018 but never played in a game. Prior to his brief stint in Minnesota, he started 13 games at left guard with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, also previously spending time with the Texans, Saints and Cowboys. 

Witzmann is a native of Somerset, Wisconsin, and he played his college football at South Dakota State University. 

Neither Coleman nor Witzmann is guaranteed a spot on the show, but they at least have a chance. 

Young's season being the bachelorette will debut Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, on ABC. 

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