#61 Abdul Beecham
True Senior | 6-3 | 310 lbs. | Judson, Texas
- 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 has played in 21 career games, with 18 starts at guard. He will compete again for a starting spot at guard in 2018 to close out his career on a strong note.
Beecham transferred to K-State prior to the spring of 2016 from the community college ranks and had a major impact. He played in eight games, including starts at left guard against Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa State and Oklahoma State.
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.
Last season, Beecham started all 13 games at left guard and helped the Wildcats to tie for third in school history in rushing yards per carry (4.98), as well as finish seventh with 2,584 total rushing yards, to rank second in the Big 12 in both categories.
He also blocked for a K-State bowl-record 344-yard rushing output in the Cactus Bowl victory over UCLA.
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. (Let’s hope not, though!)
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.
Finally, I want to give a special shout-out to Beecham’s parents, Samuel and Tina. Samuel, a retired U.S. Army combat veteran, is easily one of the most enthusiastic player parents I’ve ever corresponded with in my years of preparing this annual feature, and I hope he enjoys today’s entry as much as I know he will enjoy watching all of his son’s senior season. EMAW!