Beaumont prepared to play supporting role

Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe said Monday that two true freshmen will definitely play this season for the Cardinals. One of those players is 2006 Kentucky Mr. Football, Doug Beaumont.

Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe said Monday that two true freshmen will definitely play this season for the Cardinals. One of those players is 2006 Kentucky Mr. Football, Doug Beaumont.

Beaumont, a 5-9, 180 pound wide receiver from Louisville Male, enters Thursday's season-opener against Murray State prepared to help his new team any way he can.

"I'm just going to try to be a role player and go out there and help the team do whatever it takes to win," Beaumont told InsideTheVille.com. "If that takes me being just on special teams I will do it. I just want to do whatever I can to help the team."


Doug Beaumont is ready to play a supporting
role this season.

Right now, Beaumont figures to be just that – a role player. With a bevy of talented and experienced receivers, Beaumont doesn't figure to see a ton of passes thrown his way this season. He's currently listed with the third string at the slot receiver position behind sophomore's JaJuan Spillman and Trent Guy. Instead, his role figures to include lots of work with the special teams.

"Right now I'm second string on about every special team except field goals," Beaumont said. "I'm just trying to learn how to play each one and help the team."

Playing a supporting role is new territory for Beaumont, who starred for the Bulldogs the past few years. Last season, Beaumont, a four-star recruit, rushed for 1,169 yards and caught 39 passes for 500 yards and eight touchdowns.

His biggest adjustment to the college football, however, is "Probably just learning and getting used to the playbook because we didn't have as many in high school," Beaumont said. "I'm just trying to get used to the bigger guys at this level. Other than that, everything else is going good."

Beaumont enrolled at U of L over the summer and worked hard during summer workouts to prepare himself to play this season.

"I just tried to come in with the team early and work out with them and get my weight up and work out hard and condition well so when I came into camp I'd be ready to perform and try to get a spot on the team," Beaumont said.

Beaumont believes he has what it takes to succeed in his new role.

"I think I'm a good role player," Beaumont said. "I can be a team player and help out whatever the team needs me to do. If it's a play where I block, I'll block. If it's to fake a sweep, I'll fake a sweep for the team."

Besides competing with Spillman and Guy for time at the slot position, Beaumont said he's constantly watching his more experienced teammates during practice in an effort to learn the ropes more quickly.

"I just try to watch them run their routes and see how they line up at scrimmage," Beaumont said. "I just try to learn things from them. I need to run my routes better and make sure they're crisp and it's fast."


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