Penn State loses running back Beachum for year
Penn State running back Brandon Beachum will redshirt the 2010 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee late last fall, his father, Lock, said Monday evening.
Beachum appeared in all 13 games for the Nittany Lions as a true freshman in 2008 and in 11 games as a sophomore in 2009. He suffered the ACL tear on a kickoff to open the second half of his team's 31-20 win over Indiana last Nov. 14 at Beaver Stadium.
Beachum was attempting to recover the ball after former teammate Jerome Hayes fumbled during the return.
"I was just happy it was decided, and we can move on," said Lock, who played football at Miami (Ohio). "Even for Brandon, so mentally he can move on and say, 'OK, 'I'm going to redshirt, get ready, get right, come back and be stronger, bigger and faster than ever.'
"At the end of day I told him when he got hurt, 'Some things in life you cannot control, and this is one of those things.' "
Lock said the decision was made by the Penn State coaching staff several days ago, adding that his son was still not competing in contact drills.
Beachum rushed for 227 yards and two touchdowns on 52 carries in his first two seasons at Penn State. The Youngstown, Ohio, native saw plenty of time as the Nittany Lions' No. 2 back after Stephfon Green suffered a sprained ankle against Minnesota on Oct. 17. Beachum rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in 2009.
The loss of Beachum should be softened because of Penn State's depth in the backfield. The Nittany Lions return veteran contributors Evan Royster and Green, along with Curtis Dukes, who redshirted his freshman season last fall. Penn State will also have the option of playing true freshman Silas Redd, who was rated a five-star recruit by Scout.com.
Royster's 2,918 career rushing yards are just 480 yards shy of Curt Warner's school record. Green, a redshirt junior, has rushed for 897 yards and seven touchdowns in his two seasons of action.
"He didn't care whether Evan was coming back or whoever," Lock said of his son. "He's a competitor and wants to compete, so he never thought, 'If I redshirt, then Evan's gone, now I have an opportunity to compete and get more carries.'
"That was never his thought process. He was like, 'I want to play and compete and help this team advance and win.' So on his end, it didn't play a factor at all with Evan and Green."
Beachum will have two years of eligibility remaining after the 2010 season.