Denver Beebe lives life the same way he plays football — unafraid.
The senior from Westmoore is as sure of a tackler as he is a talker. Not scared to start conversation with a stranger or make a hit on an opposing ball carrier.
His consistent personality on and off the field is the reason Westmoore coach Billy Langford has labeled The Oklahoman's All-State linebacker a “maniac.”
“He's like that all the time,” Langford said. “Everything he does, he's going to do it with intensity. That carries over to the whole team and that's why he was one of our captains. He's just a great kid and we're going to miss his leadership.”
That sort of intensity helped Beebe develop a reputation as a big-game player.
He had 131 tackles and a Westmoore record 21 tackles for loss during his senior season, leading the Jaguars to the Class 6A semifinals and a 10-3 record.
But most impressive was Beebe's play against some of the top competition in the state.
The Jaguars played Class 6A state champion Jenks twice, with Beebe picking up 14 and 11 tackles in the two contests. He also had a big game against 6A semifinalist Broken Arrow, registering 14 tackles with five for a loss.
“I just approached every game the same,” Beebe said. “As a unit, I thought we played pretty well. There are times I would step up and be a leader when I needed to be. I thought everyone had a role on our team and did a good job of knowing when to take action.”
Beebe says playing such a difficult schedule has given him confidence in his ability to play college football.
“The competition made for an awesome opportunity,” Beebe said. “Having such an impressive schedule and district, with teams like Jenks and Broken Arrow, was a lot of fun.”