By Gray Gardner.
The lack of depth at the tight end position has caused much worry throughout the Clemson fan-base heading into the 2010 season. Nearing August camp, the looming question still remains: Who will be ready to play behind Dwayne Allen come September 4th?
All signs point straight to Victor Beasley.
Beasley, a jumbo-athlete from Georgia, played linebacker and running back in high school. However, the Clemson staff feels like the 6’3”, 215-pounder will be best suited as a tight end in college.
Making the transition from high school to college is no easy thing, especially when learning a new position on the football field. We caught up with Beasley Thursday afternoon after a grueling day of workouts and asked him if the change has been overwhelming.
“It really has been, some parts of it. I’m really having to adapt to it pretty quickly,” Beasley said. “I’m just trying to adapt to the atmosphere here, get to know all the players and stuff.”
The transition is not only hard on the field, but also off. When asked how he was handling the difficulty of the academic side of things, Beasley said he is “really getting the hang of classes and everything around campus.”
The freshman athlete said he received help finding his way around the Clemson campus from teammates Demont Buice and DJ Howard. On the field, however, Beasley said he has fount he most help from fellow tight end Dwayne Allen.
“I know he’s going to be the starting tight end this year so I’ve just been taking some tips from him and he’s been showing me the routes and stuff,” Beasley said of Allen. “I’ve just been getting used to the position and studying the playbook to get ready for the season.”
Beasley’s preparation at tight end is much needed for the upcoming season. However, his size and athleticism will allow him to help on several special teams, something promised to him by the coaching staff.
Aside from special teams work, Beasley said he’s not certain how much time he will receive at tight end. He noted that he and Sam Cooper are both right behind Dwayne Allen on the depth chart, so he expects a generous amount of time there this fall.
“I’m just ready to get in there and help the team,” Beasley said.