Beasley the beast
Beasley, who grew up pulling for Auburn, is from Columbus, Ga., which is less than an hour down the road from Alabama's Tigertown.
"Everybody in my area is an Auburn fan. It's big SEC country where I'm from," he said. "It felt like a dream that I was playing a team that I always wanted to be with. It felt great to play against those guys."
And for much of the night, Beasley was matched up against an old high school teammate, sophomore defensive tackle Gabe Wright.
"It was fun playing against him, seeing how far he's come as a player, how good he's grown, how fast he's gotten," Beasley said. "It was fun playing with one of you old teammates, someone you used to bond with, someone that you were on the same team with, fighting battles with."
The former Carver standouts spent time with one another over the summer when they were home in Columbus.
But, before the game, there was no mixing between Beasley and Wright.
"There was no need to have contact at the time," Beasley said. "We were enemies and we were going to go against each other. I didn't want to have to talk to him. We're friends, but when it comes to the field, it's whatever."
Beasley firmly held his ground between the first and final whistles, playing every snap at left guard for Clemson.
"I felt like we both did pretty well. I felt like he won some, I won some. It was a great battle out there," Beasley said.
He added, "I was glad to be back in my home state. I didn't want to go out there and disappoint anybody. I just went out there and played hard, played to the best of my abilities."
Next for Beasley and Clemson is the 2012 home opener against Ball State.
"Building off that you don't want to play Auburn, have a good game, and then go play Ball State and not have a great game," Beasley said.
Personally, the 6-foot-4, 315-pound guard doesn't anticipate a letdown.
"I don't play to my opponent," he said. "I can play with anybody. I don't underestimate anybody. I feel like Ball State has good linemen, a good team.
"I feel like I should play to my own standard, not to anybody else's. I feel like I'm going to build off of that, to be a better player."
CUTigers.com Top Stories
TIGERS TAKE GAME TWO 11-0!Alex Eubanks struck out 12 and walked none in a 116-pitch, complete-game 11-0 shutout of #17 Wake Forest in the first half of a doubleheader, putting #3 Clemson in position for…
CUTigers.comYesterday at 2:30 PM
4-21 RECRUITING RADARIn our weekly Recruiting Radar, CUTigers Recruiting Analyst Gary McDaniel updates you on the latest news and intel on the Clemson recruiting front!
CUTigers.comFriday at 11:20 AM
SWEPT UGAIN!Tyler Jackson allowed just one earned run, and Chris Williams broke the game open with a 3-run homer to lead #3 Clemson to a 9-7 win over UGA for the season sweep!
CUTigers.comWednesday at 8:16 PM
ANOTHER 11TH INNING WALK-OFF WIN FOR TIGERS!#4 Clemson beat Charleston Southern 6-5 for its second 11-inning win of the season in walk-off fashion, thanks to the bull pen, Logan Davidson, Reed Rohlman and Rudy Cox, who…
ANOTHER 5-STAR IS ALL IN!Shortly before the Clemson Orange & White Game, Dabo and the staff received an enormous commitment from 5-Star 2018 DE Xavier Thomas, ranked as high as #1 overall recruit in the…