Former Rider High School quarterback Shavodrick Beaver has left the University of Tulsa after two seasons to return home. The incoming junior is expected to enroll at Midwestern State University, though he likely won’t take the football field until 2012.
Scheduled to sit out the upcoming season as an academic redshirt, it is not yet clear if Beaver is academically eligible to play for MSU or any other school in 2011. Should Beaver be able to play, it would bloat the number of quarterbacks on the Mustangs roster to six, with junior Brandon Kelsey the only other player with college experience.
Announcing Beaver’s departure, Tulsa head football coach Bill Blankenship said, “We wish Shavodrick the very best in his future endeavors. He is a fine young man and we hope that he has a good career at Midwestern State while pursuing his degree.”
As for the Tulsa quarterback situation, with senior G.J. Kinne cemented in the starting role the battle for the back up position will be between the other four QBs on the roster. Redshirt-freshman Kalen Henderson is the most likely candidate to slip into the back up role.
Ranked as one of the top 25 quarterbacks in the nation by scout.com coming out of high school, Beaver committed to Michigan before his senior season but later decided on Tulsa to stay closer to home. Beaver would see action in eight games his freshman season at Tulsa when he would complete 1-of-3 passes and rush for 63 yards on 27 attempts.
The Rider grad would appear in six games as a sophomore, completing 4-of-6 passes while rushing for 105 yards on 21 attempts. His best game came against Oklahoma State when he ran for 54 yards in 11 rushing attempts.
The District 5-4A MVP his junior season, Beaver was a four year letterwinner and three year starter at Rider. His senior season was cut short due to injury, but Beaver still put up impressive career passing totals of 9,050 yards and 125 touchdowns playing under head coach Scott Ponder. Beaver also ran for 2,450 yards and 22 touchdowns in his high school career.
With or without Beaver on the active roster, MSU begins preseason workouts on August 10 and practices on August 11.
The Mustangs open the season September 10 in Rolla, Missouri against Missouri S&T, then face Texas A&M-Commerce September 17 at Cowboys Stadium as part of the Lone Star Conference Football Festival. The Mustangs home opener will be September 24 against Texas A&M-Kingsville.