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Penn State Football All 105: Hakeem Beamon Ready to Make Statement After 2021 Absence

All 105 is a Nittany Sports Now series profiling each Penn State football player. This edition will look at redshirt senior defensive tackle Hakeem Beamon.

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 261 pounds 

Hometown: Midlothian, Virginia 

Before Penn State: Beamon played football in all four high school years.

He started his career at Bird High School in Chesterfield County, Virginia, and played his last two seasons at Manchester High School in the same county.

In that senior season, Beamon helped Manchester to a 15-0 campaign that ended with a state championship.

He ended his final high school year with 44 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, making USA Today’s first-team All-Virginia.

247Sports and ESPN had Beamon as a four-star recruit and Rivals had him as a three-star. He committed to Penn State on the first day of June in 2018.

At Penn State

2019: Beamon redshirted his first season at Penn State but did play in three games, making his college debut against Purdue and his first tackle against Michigan State.

2020: Beamon played eight of Penn State’s nine games in a pandemic-shortened season.

He ended the year with seven tackles (four solo) and 1.5 tackles for loss.

2021: Beamon didn’t play a down due to non-football-related concerns

Where he stands: Beamon appears to be back in the fold for Penn State’s defensive line and is projected to start at defensive tackle.

Along with a returning PJ Mustipher— also projected to start—, Coziah Izzard and Dvon Ellies, who received added playing time due to Mustipher’s injury roughly midway through last season, Beamon is expected to be a big part of Penn State’s interior defensive line.

AquoteaboutBeamon:” He’s really growing up and maturing,” Penn State coach James Franklin said back in March. “I try to hug on him and love on him as much as I possibly can, but it’s also one of those fine lines, too, right, because I want to make sure Hakeem stays on the trajectory that he’s on right now.”

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