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South Carolina Quarterback Set to Join Flames

February 10, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Head coach Danny Rocco has announced that former South Carolina quarterback Tommy Beecher has signed a scholarship with Liberty.

Head coach Danny Rocco has announced that former South Carolina quarterback Tommy Beecher has signed a scholarship with Liberty.

Liberty Head Football Coach Danny Rocco has announced that former Gamecocks' quarterback Tommy Beecher has signed a scholarship with Liberty and will join the Flames after graduating from South Carolina in May, pending an NCAA waiver.

"We are very excited about Tommy Beecher and his plans to attend Liberty University in the fall of 2009," commented Rocco. "Tommy signed a scholarship letter and will need to complete a waiver with the NCAA before gaining eligibility."

"We believe that Tommy will be a great fit at Liberty University," continued Rocco. "He will add significant value to our football program, as well as to our student body. Tommy and his family have shown great class and professionalism throughout this process. We look forward to welcoming the Beecher family into our program."

Once Beecher completes his course work at South Carolina in mathematics, the University's Athletics Department will file a waiver with the NCAA to allow Beecher to fulfill his final season of eligibility, as the Concord, N.C.native, begins a master's program.

South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier named Beecher his starting quarterback coming out of August training camp in 2008. The 6-2, 227-pound hurler started the Gamecock's contest against N.C. State, where he completed 12-of-22 pass attempts for 102 yards in the 34-0 victory.

The redshirt junior did not see playing time again during the campaign until South Carolina's 26-13 victory over UAB on Sept. 27, 2008, wrapping up his action for the Gamecocks in 2008.

During his first two years at South Carolina, Beecher completed 16-of-25 pass attempts for 194 yards and two touchdowns. In 2007, the quarterback saw time in all 12 of the Gamecocks' games, serving as a holder to placekicker Ryan Succop.

Beecher has excelled academically at South Carolina, earning the Andrew Sorensen Scholar Athlete Award in 2007 and the Harold White GPA Award for South Carolina's offense in 2006.

Beecher is a 2005 graduate of Concord High School, where he compiled a 31-6 record as a starting quarterback for the Spiders. As a senior, he threw for 3,600 yards and 40 touchdowns, guiding Concord to a 15-1 mark and a 3A state title.

A member of the USA Today's "Old Spice Red Zone Team," Beecher completed 155-of-300 pass attempts as a junior, throwing for 2,568 yards and 28 touchdowns.

If a waiver is approved by the NCAA for Beecher, the quarterback will join a list of recent successful NCAA FBS transfers, who have played a vital role in the revitalization of Liberty's football program.

Vince Redd and Noah Greenbaum transferred to Liberty from Virginia, helping lead Liberty to its first Big South title in 2007. Redd, who is now playing for the New England Patriots, led the Big South in sacks, while garnering first-team all-conference honors.

Greenbaum helped the Flames post record-setting numbers during his lone year with the program, as the kicker set a new Liberty standard by tallying 101 points. Liberty finished the 2007 season with an 8-3 mark and ranked No. 3 nationally by averaging a program-record 42.6 points per contest.