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D.J. Beshears

Position Wide Receiver
Height 5'9''
Weight 185 lbs.
Class Senior
Hometown Denton, Texas
High School Ryan HS

Career Honors: 2011:AP All-Big 12 Honorable Mention as a kick returner … Named Phil Steele Midseason All-Big 12 Third Team as a kick returner. 2010: All-Big 12 Kick Returner, Phil Steele Magazine All-Big 12 Third Team, Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week vs. New Mexico State, KU Special Teams Player of the Week vs. New Mexico State, North Dakota State.

2012 (Sr.): Named to the Jet Award and College Football Performance Awards Watch Lists prior to the season… Played in eight games… Missed games against Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor and Texas Tech with an injury… Rushed for 92 yards on 13 carries and also added eight receptions for 44 yards… Set school career records in kickoff return yards (2,123) and kickoff returns (94) during the season… Recorded season-best five catches for 27 yards against South Dakota State… Added two grabs for 11 yards against Rice… Had three kick returns for 49 yards against TCU… Rushed twice for 19 yards at Northern Illinois… Rushed six times for 25 yards against Oklahoma State… Collected 100 all-purpose yards on Senior Day against Iowa State; rushing for 40 yards on three carries and collecting 60 yards in kick returns against the Cyclones… Returned three kickoffs for 64 yards in season-finale at West Virginia… Finished career with 3,120 all-purpose yards, which ranks ninth in school history.

2011 (Jr.): Led Big 12 in kick return yards (1,014) and was third in all-purpose yards (1,587) … Ranked 11th in the country in kick return yards and was 38th in all-purpose yards … Played in all 12 games, making six starts at wide receiver … Accounted for 285 all-purpose yards, including a six-yard catch for the game-winning touchdown, against Northern Illinois … Recorded a career-high 197 yards in kick returns, including a pair of 51-yard run backs … His 197 return yards were the second-highest single game total by a Jayhawk … Caught seven passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns against the Huskies … Named KU Special Teams Player of the Week (vs. NIU) … Recorded 200 all-purpose yards against Texas Tech … Had a career-high 76 yards on three catches, including a 54-yard snatch … Tallied five catches for 65 yards at Georgia Tech … Added 104 yards on six kick returns against the Yellow Jackets … Collected 46 yards on four catches at Oklahoma State … Had 155 yards on kick returns against Oklahoma, along with one catch for 36 yards … Scored his third receiving touchdown of the year against Kansas State … Accounted for 105 all-purpose yards with 28 yards rushing, 45 receiving and 20 in kick returns at Iowa State … Had first rushing touchdown of the season against ISU … Matched career high with seven catches against Baylor … Added two kick returns for 46 yards as well as 37 yards in punt returns against the Bears … Made two catches for 27 yards and had 50 yards in kick returns at Texas A&M … His 1,014 kickoff return yards are the most by a Jayhawk in a single-season … He ranks second at KU in career kickoff return yards (1,936).

2010 (So.): Named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention as a kickoff return man… Was a Phil Steele Magazine All-Big 12 third-team kickoff return specialist… Earned Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors vs. New Mexico State after returning a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown… Named KU offensive player of the week vs. New Mexico State and KU special teams player of the week vs. North Dakota State… Played in 11 of 12 games, missing the Iowa State game due to a suspension… Saw action as a wide receiver, running back (three starts) and kickoff return man… Started at running back against New Mexico State, Texas A&M and Colorado… Was third on the team in rushing with 213 yards and two touchdowns on 55 carries… Caught 10 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown… Set school season records with 36 kickoff returns for 922 yards… His 25.6 return average ranked 40th in the NCAA… His 922 return yards in 2010 were good enough to rank fourth on the KU career charts.

2009 (Fr.): Made his collegiate debut at Colorado in the sixth game of the year… Started three straight games – against Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Kansas State – but did not see action in the final three games of the year… Made five tackles in his debut at Colorado… Followed that up with a season-best seven tackles in his first start against Oklahoma… Added four tackles at Texas Tech… Finished the year with 17 tackles in four games.

High School: A four-year letterwinner… Played wide receiver… An all-state and all-district selection… As a senior he had 88 receptions for 1,450 yards and 24 touchdowns… Established a school record for season receiving yards as a senior… Set a school single-game record with 14 catches… Recorded 59 catches for 893 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior… Team was 9-4 and advanced to the region semifinals his senior year.

Personal: Son of Danny Beshears and April Tesse… Father played football at Sonoma State… Has three brothers and two sisters… Undecided on his major.