SPECIAL TO THE FLASH
STEPHENVILLE (June 17, 2016) – Jonathan Beasley, who will begin his fifth season as a wide receivers coach for Tarleton State University this fall, is not without his share of professional success.
As a player, he was one of the most decorated quarterbacks to ever don the Purple and White of Kansas State University. The dual-threat signal caller was a third-team All-Big XII selection as a senior and then turned around to lead his Wildcats to Cotton Bowl victory in January 2001, where K-State defeated Tennessee 35-21 and Beasley earned MVP honors after scoring three touchdowns on 98 yards rushing and 210 yards passing.
After a five-year professional career, Beasley started his coaching career and eventually made his way to Tarleton prior to the 2012 football season. He has since coached a pair of record-setting wide receivers – Clifton Rhodes III and Le’Nard Meyers. Last season, Meyers earned LSC Receiver of the Year and All-America recognition in his senior season under Beasley’s tutelage.
Last month, Beasley continued to collect high praise, as the former signal caller was one of five members named to the Kansas Pro Indoor Football Hall of Fame. Also, the Wichita Eagle named Beasley one of the Top-10 All-Time greatest Wichita pro indoor football players.
“It’s a tremendous honor for me,” said Beasley. “I can’t express what it means to me to be considered for the (KPIF) Hall of Fame and I wouldn’t have the opportunity if not for the great players who played beside me for all of those years.”
Beasley played professionally for the Wichita Aviators in the American Professional Football League (APFL) during the 2005 season and the Wichita Stealth in 2004. His two seasons of indoor success followed up three seasons in the National Football League (NFL) where he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, and Green Bay Packers.
Beasley and the Texans will open the 2016 Tarleton football season on September 3 in Lake Charles, La. with a 6 p.m. kickoff against FCS McNeese State.