MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – After a brush with death and months of treatment, Isaac Kolstad is expected to return to Mankato on Sept. 4 for the Mavericks’ home opener.

The former Minnesota State University – Mankato football player suffered a head injury during an assault in Mankato in May and is currently being treated at a Twin Cities rehabilitative facility.

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During the game against St. Cloud State University, the linebacker will help lead the team onto the field and serve as honorary captain, Minnesota State University athletic officials announced Thursday.

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“His story of courage and commitment is one our players have rallied around and his presence will be a point of great inspiration as we kick off our season,” head coach Todd Hoffner said in a statement.

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Kolstad was assaulted in downtown Mankato on May 11.