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61 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Abdul Beecham

In which BracketCat counts down the 61st day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Abdul Beecham.

#61 Drew Liddle
In his first season as a starter, Abdul Beecham already has surpassed the career accomplishments of Drew Liddle (61). Next step: Having a news photo taken of himself in action in 2017.
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#61 Abdul Beecham

True Junior | 6-3 | 304 lbs. | Judson, Texas
Abdul Beecham
Abdul Beecham
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: Blinn College
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Abdul Najee Beecham (b. March 5, 1997) is a big offensive lineman who transferred to K-State prior to last spring from the community college ranks and had a major impact in 2016. He will complete again for a starting spot at guard as a junior.

Beecham played under head coach Sean McAuliffe at Judson High School, where he was a two-time first-team all-district selection as a junior and senior, while he earned second-team all-state Class 5A honors from the Texas Sports Writers Association as a junior and third-team Class 6A accolades as a senior.

He also was named to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s preseason Class 6A all-state team in 2014 and still has a redshirt season available, if needed.

After graduating from high school, Beecham played one season at Blinn College under head coach Keith Thomas. He helped the Buccaneers to earn a 5-4 record and was voted an honorable mention All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference offensive lineman as a freshman in 2015 after not allowing a sack the entire season.

Last season, Beecham played in eight games, including starts at left guard against Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa State and Oklahoma State. I suspect a lingering injury might have impacted him from there, allowing Tyler Mitchell back into his spot.

Beecham helped K-State to set the school record for rushing yards per carry (5.27), rank third in school history in total rushing yards (3,013) and rushing yards per game (231.8), and finish seventh in rushing touchdowns (39). He also helped to block for an offense that ranked sixth nationally in rushing touchdowns.