With no current player on the Oregon roster wearing #93, we decided to go with a blast from the past with Rob Beard. Beard is the last player to don the #93 jersey for the Ducks not currently on the roster.
Before joining the Ducks, Beard played three seasons of varsity football at Troy High School and was an all-around athlete. Along with football, he also lettered two years in basketball and two in track and field competing in the 100 meter dash, 4X100 and in the 4×400 meter relays.
What really separates Beard from most football players is his unique versatility. In addition to being an all-league kicker, he also saw time as a running back and linebacker. You don’t find many kickers that play linebacker!
Beard signed with the Ducks in 2008 and redshirted his first season in Eugene. The Ducks had a pair of kickers ahead of Beard in senior Matt Evensen (11-18, long of 52) and Morgan Flint (7-9, long of 39) that saw the action that year.
In 2009, after a year watching and observing, Beard became the No. 2 on the depth chart behind Flint (16-19, long of 43) who had an incredible senior season. Beard saw the bulk of his action on special teams with 87 kickoffs (10 touchbacks) and an average of 63.0 yards per. Opponents’ average starting field position was the 27-yard line. Beard did attempt one kick of 51 yards that was blocked. However, he was successful on his one extra point attempt of the year.
Beard got his opportunity to start in 2010 and made the most of it. He converted on 63-64 PATs, 10-13 field goal attempts with a long of 43 yards and averaged 64.5 yards on 95 kickoff attempts including 11 touchbacks. Beard even showed off that athleticism with a couple of two-point conversions, including one in the national championship game against Auburn. He finished the 2010 season ranked fourth in the Pac-10, 36th nationally, in scoring with 97 points, an average of 8.08 points per game. That mark also put him at eighth best all-time in a single season for a Duck.
Beard began the 2011 season as the Ducks’ starting place kicker but suffered a nagging hamstring injury early in the year and never fully recovered from it. He shared time with then sophomore Alejandro Maldonado (77-78 PATs, 7-12 field goal attempts with a long of 40). Beard only attempted two field goal attempts all season long, both successful and in the season opener against LSU.
Maldonado and Beard shared kicking duties in 2012 as well. Both had their ups and downs during the year, but neither one ever had a firm grasp of the starting job. The two combined to go 7-14 during the season (Beard 4-8, Maldonado 3-6) including a heartbreaking miss by Maldonado against Stanford in overtime. Beard mostly saw time on special teams and made one unassisted tackle against Arizona State.
He was the team’s primary extra point man through the first nine games of the season, but did not participate for the last four. He finished his career 16-24 with a long of 42 yards.