Oklahoma State football: Jimmy Bean finally starting to earn attention on the field

Denton Guyer product Jimmy Bean signed in the same class as Guyer teammates Josh Stewart and J.W. Walsh, but spent the past two seasons watching those two thrive.
BY CODY STAVENHAGEN, For The Oklahoman Published: April 19, 2014
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Jimmy Bean started every game in 2013 and led Oklahoma State with 4 1/2 sacks.

He is 6-foot-5 and weighs 253 pounds. He’s one of four returning starters on the OSU defense.

But somehow, that hasn’t been enough to really get Bean noticed.

Bean is finally starting to draw attention, though, like when the often quiet and goofy defensive end broke out in a freestyle rap this offseason in front of teammates.

“I don’t know what he was saying, but I heard everyone like, ‘Ohhh,’ and I was like, ‘OK Jimmy,’ ” cornerback Kevin Peterson said. “When he walks into the locker room, he’ll usually just walk in and look at everybody like, ‘Yeah’ and walk by, so it was really surprising.”

What’s less surprising, though, is Bean’s play on the field this spring. Undersized his first three years at OSU, Bean bulked up from 243 pounds to 253. His goal is to enter the 2014 season near 260.

He said he has also made huge improvements in technique. Now, Bean said, he’s even better at shedding blocks and using quick moves to rush the passer.

“I don’t see a whole lot of d-line in practice, but I know whenever I make a play, I look to the d-line to see where the pressure is,” Peterson said. “I always see Jimmy down there working hard. He’s really progressed over the spring.”

It’s been a long time coming for Bean, a product of Denton Guyer High School in Texas. He signed in the same class as Guyer teammates Josh Stewart and J.W. Walsh. Walsh’s father, John, is Guyer’s head coach.

Sophomore linebacker Dominic Ramacher and transfer Cameron Hunter are also from Guyer.

Bean spent the past two seasons watching Walsh and Stewart thrive while he went unnoticed. In 2012, when Walsh won the Big 12’s Offensive Freshman of the Year and Stewart emerged as one of the conference’s best receivers, Bean was sidelined with a dislocated knee that forced him to take a medical redshirt.