Beecher an opening-game starter once againAugust 27th, 2009 For the second year in a row, Tommy Beecher will start a season-opening game at quarterback against a BCS opponent.
Here’s hoping this year goes better than last.
That’s not being flippant or sarcastic. I mean that in all sincerity.
Beecher’s a great guy with a terrific family, and it’d be good to see him make the most of his second chance as a starting QB.
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A year after an abysmal outing in the Gamecocks’ 34-0 win vs. N.C. State, Beecher has been named Liberty’s starter for the Flames’ Sept. 5 opener at West Virginia, according to the Lynchburg News & Advance.
Beecher, anointed by Steve Spurrier as the Gamecocks’ starter after spring practice in ’08, threw three first-half interceptions against the Wolfpack. He tossed a fourth after halftime, was sacked five times and eventually left the game with a concussion.
Beecher appeared in only one game the rest of the season and fell out of favor with Spurrier, who considered leaving Beecher off the Outback Bowl travel squad before relenting.
Encouraged by Spurrier to move on after graduating in four years, Beecher decided he was not quite done with football. Under NCAA transfer rules, he could only use his final year of eligibility at a Football Championship Subdivision School that offered a program not available at USC.
So, after conversations with Liberty AD and former Gamecock Club director Jeff Barber, Beecher ended up in Liberty’s seminary. Ex-USC receiver Freddie Brown did the same thing.
Now both will get a final shot to script a better ending to their football careers, beginning in nine days in Morgantown.