Beasley in 2016
|No. 11 Dallas Cowboys|
|Date of birth:||April 26, 1989|
|Place of birth:||Houston, Texas|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight:||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school:||Little Elm (TX)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016|
Cole Dickson Beasley (born April 26, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He played college football at Southern Methodist University.
Beasley attended Little Elm High School, where he was an option quarterback, leading his team to the Texas UIL-4A playoffs in consecutive years. He was a district co-MVP, posting 1,184 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 1,570 passing yards, and 12 touchdowns. He was rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com.
Beasley accepted a scholarship from Southern Methodist University, where he was converted into a wide receiver, playing in 11 games with 7 starts as a freshman, while finishing third on the team with 42 receptions for 366 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The next year, he started 7 games, making 40 receptions (fourth on the team), 493 yards and 3 touchdowns. SMU would win the 2009 Hawaii Bowl marking the first bowl invite since the so-called death penalty.
As a junior, he posted 87 receptions (second for a single-season in school history), 1,060 yards and 6 touchdowns. In his last season, he registered 86 receptions for 1,040 yards (second on the team) and 2 touchdowns.
Beasley went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft because of his size and was signed by the Dallas Cowboys. He left abruptly during training camp, stating he was dealing with "personal stuff", and even considered retiring from professional football. He went on to have a sudden change of heart, returning and making the final 53-man roster. In 10 games of his rookie year, he made 15 receptions for 98 receiving yards.
Beasley found ways to be productive while being surrounded by a solid corps of wide receivers, having the highest completion percentage of any receiver in the NFL with more than 10 targets. He was targeted by quarterback Tony Romo on third down, especially in spread formations. Much of this became attributed to Beasley's "really good" route execution. He posted 39 receptions for 368 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. He also returned 10 punts for 68 yards, along with one kickoff for 11 yards.
He posted 37 receptions (fourth on the team), 420 yards (fourth on the team) and 4 touchdowns. He averaged nearly 50 yards per game during the final six contests of the season. In the Wild Card playoff win against the Detroit Lions he made 4 catches - three for first downs- for 63 yards and recovered a critical Romo fumble.
On March 3, the Cowboys signed Beasley for an additional 4 years, with a total contract value of $13.6 million. With leading receiver Dez Bryant injured for most of the season, he finished with 52 receptions (tied for second on the team) for 537 receiving yards and 5 receiving touchdowns (led the team), while playing with 4 different starting quarterbacks with varying degrees of knowledge of the team's offense.
At the beginning of the year he was used to fill in as a punt returner, due to his ball security ability. He was eventually replaced by rookie Lucky Whitehead after having poor return averages and a critical muffed punt in a loss against the New York Giants.
He finished the 2016 season with career highs in receptions and yards, catching 75 passes for 833 yards and 5 touchdowns.
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They didn't make a bowl game until 2009, when they won the Hawaii Bowl against Nevada, 45–10.
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