Jimmy Bean, DE
6-5, 248, So.
Denton (Guyer), Texas
I know, I know, Jimmy Bean has played and he played as a string bean pole as a true freshman weighing right around 220 pounds. He posted two tackles playing in three games against Louisiana, Arizona and Kansas, and then reaped the benefits of having a redshirt year available when he tore his ACL before the start of his sophomore season.
I don't know if Bean would have redshirted last season, but it was the best thing for him. He enters this season weighing close to 250 pounds and looking the part of a defensive end in the Big 12.
"Jimmy Bean, I was tremendously pleased with throughout the spring," said defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements. "There is going to be a learning curve because he didn't have the repetition in games."
However, as Clements knows, Bean is a fast learner. In the spring game, he showed off a little in front of the fans giving them a taste of what might be coming. Bean had two sacks and his quickness played a role in both, and he also recovered a fumble that was impressive.
His high school coach, John Walsh, admitted Bean was not real developed coming out of Denton Guyer. But he also knew Bean would get there and when he did he would arrive with a lot of his athleticism in tact and ready to explode.
He has a big burst of speed when he calls for it. He has a nice vertical to bother quarterbacks on those occasions where he can't get to the passer.
It is time as the defensive end position is a major question mark for the defense and a potential reason that the Cowboys might not live up to their role as preseason favorite in the Big 12. If Bean plays as well as we think this season, then defensive end may be a strength instead of a mystery.