Primarily a pass rushing specialist in 2012, there was little use for Beasley against the Yellow Jackets' run-heavy offense.
Though the offense remains unchanged, Beasley will play considerably more snaps on Thursday night when Georgia Tech returns to Clemson for the second-straight year.
That's a credit to just how far Beasley has come in the last 13 months.
"I developed my game a lot," Beasley said. "It's just been a great year for me, just been a great experience as a whole."
Through 373 snaps this season, Beasley has 30 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and seven quarterback pressures. He's the every-down defensive end that the Clemson coaches wanted him to become in 2013.
One thing that hasn't changed is the need for a pass rush. Georgia Tech has thrown the ball less than 15 times per game this season. The Yellow Jackets' 130 passing attempts are fourth-lowest in the country.
"It's disappointing to me, because I like to rush the passer," Beasley said.
But he doesn't mind putting personal preference aside for a week or two.
"You've just got to buy into what the coaches are saying," Beasley said. "We're used to playing different types of teams, like pro-style offenses and just regular football.
"It's been a while since we've played anything like this. In high school, I remember playing some triple-option. But it's a different mindset. You have to be very patient with this kind of offense."
Beasley added that he's taking a different approach.
"Different teams have different schemes. Obviously, Georgia Tech runs the triple-option, so it's just playing technique, really, in this game," he said. "But they'll throw the ball every now and then. If we get up, I feel like we can force them to throw the ball."
Georgia Tech is 83rd in the country with a team pass efficiency rating of 123.92. When the Yellow Jackets are forced to take to the air more than usual, it's not a recipe for success.
And that won't be pleasant for quarterbacks Vad Lee and Justin Thomas, especially when Beasley gets them lined up in his cross-hairs.
What a difference a year makes
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