“Sean has as great of potential to become a football player as anyone we’ve had,” Wildcat head coach Shannon Burcham said. “Physically, he’s a specimen. He runs track, he’s our strongest lifter on the powerlifting team, and his potential is untapped right now.”
Beebe joined the football team after previously playing soccer and missing all athletic competition in 2008-09 after a car accident.
Burcham said Beebe’s work on the defensive line got him noticed by college coaches and made him an attractive target for the Class of 2010.
“He’s as smart as any kid we’ve got on the team,” Burcham said. “Academically, I think he’ll be successful. He’s very athletic, he just needs to apply that to the classroom.”
Burcham said Beebe’s lack of experience left him without much of a chance to show leadership qualities, but he added that Beebe filled a hole on the defensive line and provided something the team desperately needed.
“He looks like a linebacker but played nose guard for us, and he didn’t question it,” Burcham said. “We mixed it up with him a little bit and put him in the backfield on offense some. If he’d played three or four years, he could have been a tremendous running back. He may find himself doing that in the years ahead.”
Beebe, who was described as the “jokester” of the team, said he hasn’t spoken much with Lindsey Wilson coaches about their expectations of him, but he’s ready to do what’s asked of him.
“I’m a little nervous, but I’ve thought about it a lot and this is definitely what I want to do,” Beebe said of playing at Lindsey Wilson.”
Like many of his teammates, Beebe said the team’s slow start to the 2009 season followed by a comeback win at Caldwell County will be among his favorite memories from TCHS.
“Caldwell was the only game I got mad,” Beebe said. “There was no reason for us to be playing the way we were, and I went out and took it out on them.”
Beebe, who said he’s undecided on a major but is considering a degree in education, said he plans to continue to improve in the classroom while preparing to learn more about the game of football at the college level.
“I just need to learn plays more rather than just winging it and running toward the ball,” Beebe said.