Beasley the beast

CLEMSON - Saturday was a pretty big deal for David Beasley, and not just because he was making the first start of his Clemson career.



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."

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