The move proved to be the best football decision he ever made, as Beckum will now be catching passes from Eli Manning as he was selected with the 36th pick in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
After switching from linebacker to tight end for his sophomore year, Beckum caught fire, leading the team and setting school tight-end records with 61 catches for 903 yards. He scored five touchdowns his sophomore year, had at least one catch in each game and was named second-team All-America by Walter Camp and SI.com, and second-team All-Big Ten by the media.
As good as his first season as a tight end was, his second season was even better.
A finalist for the John Mackey Award as nation's top tight end, a first-team All-American according to Walter Camp and consensus first-team All-Big Ten, Beckum led the nation's tight ends in receiving yards (982) and ranked No. 2 in receptions (75). His 75 receptions were the most ever for a Badger tight end (breaking his own record of 61) and his 982 receiving yards were fourth-most in school history.
Although he was projected to be a first-day NFL draft pick, Beckum returned for a senior season year that unfortunately never got going. He was plagued with a hamstring injury that forced him to miss the first two games of the season, made a critical alignment mistake that cost UW the tying two-point conversion at Michigan, and suffered a broken right fibula against Illinois that ended his season after only six games.
Ending his career third on Wisconsin's career list in receptions (159) and receiving yardage (2,149 yards), Beckum doesn't regret his decision to come back for one more year in Madison, showing his dedication to his school and team.
"People ask me, but I don't regret my decision at all," Beckum said. "I think everything happens for a reason. I am happy I came back. I had a lot of fun this year. It sucks that it ended the way it did as far as my status and the team status. It just wasn't our year, but I think I got better this year and that's one of the reasons I don't regret coming back."