January 19, 2022
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Diamond in the Rough: Cole Beard

Cole Beard is 6’0 265 lb Defensive Tackle out of Delta Charter (Ferriday, LA). Beard is a great athlete, possessing the ability to shred through offensive lines and is speedy enough to find the edge. Beard is great at containing quarterbacks from the outside, while also maneuvering inside the B gaps to get to opposing running backs. Cole is an extremely passionate player, which is evident when watching his film and witnessing the ferocity in which he gets off the line. 

At what age did you get involved with football and what did you love about it?

I began playing when I was around 8 years old and the first thing I loved about it was the contact and physicality. After I began playing, I found that I really grew into the sport quickly. 

What is something you have grown to realize or appreciate about football now that you are at the high school level?

I really appreciate how much of a mental game the sport is. You have to really be mentally sound and football is a sport that tests your focus. Something that football has taught me is becoming a well-rounded young man. I realized how much of an impact it can have on your life, overcoming all of that adversity.

Is there any players at the next level, or even the professional level, that you look up to?

I would have to say my favorites are Devin White and Ray Lewis. I love the personality of both of those guys and they bring so much energy to the game. 

How would you describe your style of play and yourself as an athlete?

I would say that I excel at stopping the run. I’m also great at containing the outside because of my speed. 

Is there any other position that you have always been interested in giving a try?

I would love to try out full back. I think because of my strength, I would be excellent at power run schemes. 

Talk to me about some ways you get yourself ready for a big game?

Me and one of my friends (Chandler Harrison) are always hyping each other up before the game. We have great chemistry and really feed off of each other’s energy prior to gametime.

What motivates you to keep playing football?

It’s just the overall love and passion I have for the game. I’ve always felt that passion since I began playing. 

Lastly, what are your favorite activities to do outside of football?

I really love hunting and fishing. It’s a great way to wind down and relax. With how intense football can be with games and practice, it’s great to just go out there in peace and clear my head.