The Denton Guyer pipeline has already been a rewarding one for Oklahoma State, pumping out two key offensive weapons – J.W. Walsh and Josh Stewart – from the 2011 class.
And the gifts just keep on coming.
Defensive end Jimmy Bean, a fellow 2011 commit and high school teammate of Walsh and Stewart, had his best performance Saturday since arriving in Stillwater, compiling two sacks and a fumble recovery during a dominant defensive effort at OSU's spring game.
In a vanilla game void of any eye-popping plays, Bean stood out, using his rare speed and burst to wreak havoc off the edge of the defensive line.
“I was out there and able to show the coaches what I could do in a game situation with all the fans watching,” Bean said.
And for Bean, that's a positive start.
Last season, in what was supposed to be a breakout sophomore year, Bean dislocated his knee in the fall.
He tried to come back, even getting some snaps in the Lafayette game, but it never felt right.
“It set me back,” Bean admitted. “When I came off the injury, if you come back off any injury, you're going to be iffy on it.”
So OSU redshirted him, allowing his knee time to completely heal. And it started to feel full strength, Bean said, right after the bowl game, giving him time to train for spring ball.
It has showed, not just in Saturday's game.
“He's had a good offseason,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “He has a long way to go, but he has a good frame, a good motor and his attitude is really good.”
And as long as he stays healthy, the former three-star lineman should have a chance to make a big impact.
Bean is a lanky 6-foot-5, tall for a defensive end, and 245 pounds, describing his style with one word: “I'm just speed, a speed rusher. Speed, that's all it is.”
And that rare skill set gives him a chance to continue the Denton Guyer legacy in 2013, adding a sprinkle of North Texas to the defensive side of the ball.
“In the beginning, it was tough,” Bean said of watching his former high school teammates play well without him last year. “But now it just motivates me to come out and shine with them, be part of the three.”