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April 25, 2013

Cowboys defensive end Bean hopes to make an impact

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STILLWATER, Okla. —

Speed has always been a big part of Bean’s game. Which is perhaps why suffering a dislocated knee last season was not only physically tough, but also mentally challenging for the sophomore.

But that’s when he turned to Walsh and Stewart — two guys who have known him seemingly ever since they first picked up a football.

“They helped me out a lot,” Bean said. “They’d come up to me and be like, ‘Hey, you’re going to be all right,’ or ‘You’ll be back in no time. Just hang in there.’ It really kind of lifted me up and kept me focused on getting healthy.”

And when Walsh went down with a knee injury last season, was it really a surprise that Bean was right there with him?

“I had to do something,” Bean said. “He’s like my brother. He was on such a high after getting a chance to start, to see that happen to him — I just hurt for the guy.”

Now that all three are healthy and fighting for starting spots as the Cowboys head into the summer, it’s pretty safe to say there will be a caravan making the road trip from Denton to Boone Pickens Stadium each Saturday.

And even if the caravan — led by Guyer coach and Walsh’s dad, John Walsh — can’t make it to every game, somewhere on the sidelines two other members of Guyer’s class of 2011 will be there supporting their teammate in good times and bad.

“It was pretty cool to see (Bean) have a good day,” Stewart said after Saturday’s spring game. “We’ve been playing with each other for so long, we all have a special bond together. It’s like we’re one big family. So whether it’s J-Dub, Jimmy or myself out there making plays, we’re all kind of cheering each other on and supporting each other.”

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