Beam is ready to take team on his shoulders

It's a great year in the state of California for JC quarterbacks and one of the unsung signal-callers heading into the 2007 season is San Joaquin Delta QB Andrew Beam (6-4, 235). He's big and he's got a solid grasp of the Mustangs' system and now he's focusing on what defenses are doing to make himself even better.

"Me and my coach are working really hard on my pre-snap reads," Beam told recently. "I have a really good relationship with our offensive line coach (Gary Hyman) and we work all the time on things. I work out with him almost every day and the main thing we're working on is the pre-snap stuff so that I can be that much further ahead of the defense and so we can attack them even more."

The Mustangs run out of a spread offense that calls for Beam to be in control of everything concerning his team, even more than a typical quarterback is asked to do.

"I have all the pre-snap stuff for our pass plays and all of our run plays are a read-option, so I can end up being like another running back too," Beam, who runs a 4.7 forty, said. "I don't try to run past people. I usually just pick a hole, lower my shoulder and use my size to get yardage. I know what I can and can't do."

As a freshman, Beam started seven games and passed for approximately 1,200 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions.

"We struggled some last year because we had 10 freshmen starting on offense," Beam said. "We decided to bite the bullet and take our lumps hoping to make it pay off this year and I think we have a good chance to do really well this year. It's all on us now, because we can't blame it on young guys starting."

Beam prepped at Escalon High School in California and was getting interest from several schools, but he was missing an Algebra class and thus didn't qualify.

"Delaware State, Princeton, Northwestern and Rutgers were all recruiting me, but I was a class short so I didn't end up getting qualified," Beam said. "I have a 3.6 GPA now and I'm on pace to graduate."

On the recruiting front this time around, Beam has been hearing from Oregon State, Kansas State, North Carolina State and UNLV.

"Oregon State is the only school that I've actually talked to," Beam said. "Their coach was down here a couple of weeks ago and he said he really liked me a lot and that they want to see how some other sophomore quarterbacks are going to do before they offer me, but they seem to be pretty interested."

Beam expects to graduate in May of 2008 and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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