Beason: "The time is right"

Junior LB Jon Beason has announced that he will enter the 2007 NFL Draft and forego his final year at Miami.

"I have decided to enter the NFL Draft based on a number of factors and coming to a conclusion that it is a good time to come out," Beason said. "I talked to the NFL advisory committee and I heard what I wanted to hear.

"It is time to leave and not risk staying and getting injured even if I had an opportunity to be a higher draft pick next year."

Jon Beason, a fourth-year player, led the team in tackles with 77 including 10 in the MPC Computers Bowl.

He has not hired an agent yet, but plans to do so soon. He will be training in Davie, Fla. where he just got a new place.

Beason hopes to vault his draft stock in the first round and earn himself in the list of Miami all-time greats based on his career in the NFL.

He said it was a hard decision to leave Miami.

"It was hard in terms of when you come to the University of Miami, it is all about the program and winning a national championship," Beason said. "I was not able to win one so it is a bittersweet feeling."

One of the factors that was hard to ignore was playing for first-year head coach Randy Shannon.

"I would have loved to play for Coach Shannon and help him in his first year by being a leader on the defense, but they have a lot of good guys coming back and I am sure they will be good."

Being a Hurricane is something Beason will take with him for the rest of his life.

"I loved it," Beason said. "I'm glad it went the way it did and I don't have any regrets. It's not what you've done or accomplished in life, but all of the obstacles you had to overcome to get there."

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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