Beasley's last stand?

CLEMSON - It might have taken a couple of years and a few position changes, but Vic Beasley sure did catch on after finding his comfort zone.

Recruited to play tight end at Clemson by former offensive coordinator Billy Napier, Beasley spent his first few months in Tigertown, the 2010 season, as a tight end.

Before Beasley's redshirt season was over, Beasley was moved to outside linebacker. He played sparingly in 2011 before making the full-time move to defensive end before 2012.

"Everything worked out then," Beasley said.


Beasley tallied a team-high eight sacks in 288 snaps over 13 games in 2012. This season, he's tied for third in the country with 13 sacks.

"I came a long way from last year. Working through the spring and the summer, coach [Marion] Hobby has helped me out a lot. Basically, the most help that I got was from my teammates. We were just pushing each other during the summer and the spring. I just played off of that."

All of those influences have helped provide Beasley with an opportunity to parlay his success into a career in the NFL. With a season of eligibility left after the Orange Bowl, Beasley will have to decide if he wants to play at Clemson or give the pros a shot in 2014.

Beasley hopes to receive first-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. If that's the case, his decision will be a no brainer. He'll turn pro.

"Family is mostly leaving it to me," Beasley said, when asked about his upcoming decision.

"Anytime you're looking at the draft and you have the possibility of going in the first-round, help your family out, it's not too much pressure. It's just my decision."

Beasley is expecting another position change when he does move on to the NFL. He thinks his future will be at outside linebacker, in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 scheme.

"It won't be that different," he said. "I like linebacker [more] than I do end."

For the meantime, Beasley has at least one more game left as a defensive end at Clemson. The Tigers will play Ohio State in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.

Containing Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller will towards the top of his to-do list.

Beasley likened Miller to South Carolina's Connor Shaw.

"I think they're kind of similar with their speed," Beasley said. "Braxton is probably faster, a little more agile, more moves to him, ability to make defenders miss."

He added, "I think [Miller has] got a better ability running wise. They're similar when it comes to throwing." Top Stories