Ready to make an impact

CLEMSON - David Beasley grew tired of the role he'd occupied during his first couple of seasons on the Clemson roster.

To date, the redshirt sophomore really hasn't done much, in terms of making a contribution on the field.

In 2010, he took a redshirt. A year later, he played in only five games.

"What turned on the light for me? I'm looking at myself, I'm becoming a [redshirt sophomore] and I really haven't gotten substantial playing time," he said. "Since I've been here, I've only played 30-something snaps."

Even with three years of eligibility remaining, Beasley realized that his window of opportunity was closing.

"I was like I'm not going to go through this in life. I'm not going to sit down and think the opportunity I did have I wasted," he said. "I'm not going to waste that anymore. I feel like I've got to give it my all."

A greater power, he believes, brought him to Clemson.

"[He] placed me here for a reason -- to play, to better my life, to better my life for my family and other people around me," Beasley said. "I just opened my eyes and wanted to become a better player."

Always in the back of his mind is what's back at home in Columbus, Ga.

"We're not in the best situation. I was sent here to be a great player," Beasley said.

But there's more to it than playing football.

"It's not all about the NFL or going to the league or anything like that," he said. "It's about getting an education. I feel like, with this degree and education, I can make it better. I can make a better life for my future wife, my kids and my immediate family back home."

Off the field, he's majoring in history and getting a minor in sociology.

"History, that's the class I always made A's in, in high school. I love history. It's very interesting. I love to know about the past," Beasley said.

His future on the field has started to look a little bit brighter. There, Beasley is majoring at left guard.

The preseason camp battle for the starting job continues with Kalon Davis but Dabo Swinney said on Friday that Beasley is the leader for that spot.

"The coaches are hard on me, and I love it. The coaches need me when we're playing in front of 80,000 people," Beasley said. "Coach [Robbie] Caldwell is teaching me techniques. In the past, I wasn't listening. Now, I'm opening my ears and listening." Top Stories