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Beal excels in first start with Sooners

By Scott Wright Modified: November 25, 2007 at 11:31 am •  Published: November 25, 2007
DE's hit knocks Robinson's helmet off
Most everyone in Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium saw the hit that knocked Zac Robinson's helmet off.

But they might not have noticed that the guy who popped Oklahoma State's quarterback — OU defensive end Jeremy Beal — played pretty well the rest of the game, too.

A redshirt freshman from Carrollton, Texas, Beal knew Saturday was going to be the first start of his career, a long way from where he started the year as a third-string defensive end.

"For such a young guy, he really came on and did some really good things,” OU head coach Bob Stoops said.

Defensive ends John Williams, Auston English and Alan Davis were out of Saturday's game because of injuries suffered at various times this season. So Beal's performance came just when his team needed it.

Beal had 10 tackles in 10 games prior to Saturday, but accounted for five stops against OSU.

Beal helped provide a consistent pass rush that the Sooners had lacked in two previous games without sophomore English, the Big 12 Conference sacks leader.

But it took some time for Beal to settle in.

"Anytime you get your first start in college football, you're gonna be anxious,” Beal said "But I calmed down after the first couple plays. I got into a groove and felt pretty good.

"I didn't play to the best of my ability, but I played good for my first start.”

By Scott Wright