STILLWATER, Okla. —
Growing up in the Dallas suburb of Denton, Texas, you might think Jimmy Bean had dreams of playing college football for the University of Texas or Texas A&M. But when it came time to sign his national letter of intent in 2011, all Bean wanted was some place that felt like home.
“I wanted to go somewhere with people I knew,” Bean said. “I didn’t want to go somewhere and be lost.”
It turns out that place ended up being 230 miles away in Stillwater, where he joined J.W. Walsh and Josh Stewart as a trio of Guyer High School grads now playing for the Cowboys.
“When I came up here, J-Dub was already up here, so I had somebody I knew,” Bean said. “Then Josh came with us, so that’s just a plus. Then Dom(inic Ramacher) is up here now too. It just feels like home — it feels like high school.”
But where Stewart’s 101 catches and Walsh’s 1,564 passing yards have helped the duo make a name for themselves last season, Bean has sort of become a forgotten member of that trio.
That was until Saturday’s spring game.
Bean recorded two sacks and a fumble recovery, showing that the sophomore is ready to have just as much of an impact for Oklahoma State this fall.
“He’s had a good offseason,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “He’s got a long ways to go but he’s got a good frame, he’s got a good motor and his attitude’s real good at this time. … I feel really good about our approach up front with him being as successful as he was this spring.”
“I felt like I was out there enough and I got to show the coaches what I can do in a game situation, with the fans and all the people watching,” Bean said. “My goal is to just beat them around the edge with speed.”