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February 2, 2007

Beekman diary: Ready for Combine

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Boston College offensive guard Josh Beekman just finished a senior season in which he earned second-team All-America honors from Rivals.com. He has agreed to write a diary for Rivals.com as he gets ready for the draft.

Beekman was in the starting lineup for the North team that defeated the South 27-0 Saturday in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

"I had fun at the Senior Bowl. We worked hard, we came out humming and everything clicked for us. We were lucky to come out with a 'W.' It was a fun experience for everybody that went down."

The North team's greatest challenge at the Senior Bowl involved staying dry. Rain fell throughout most of the game.

"For me, it was fine. Being from Boston (College), I'm kind of used to it. It doesn't really faze me. Some of the other guys who were from the South, they may have wanted that perfect weather. But the northern guys are used to not having perfect weather."

The Senior Bowl also gave Beekman a chance to see how he compares to some of the other top guards in the country. The Senior Bowl rosters included Auburn's Ben Grubbs, Auburn's Tim Duckworth, Texas' Justin Blalock and Tennessee's Arron Sears, among others.

"I don't know how much I matched up with them. I just tried to match up with their level of intensity and level of play on the field. Hopefully a team will notice that. We'll see what happens. I think I weighed in at 315 down there and was 6-foot-1. It's where I wanted to be."

After leaving the Senior Bowl, Beekman returned to Jacksonville, Fla., where he continues to prepare for the NFL Scouting Combine that will take place Feb. 21-27 at Indianapolis.

"I'm just training right now and getting ready to run the fastest times I possibly can."

Beekman was generally pleased with his results in Senior Bowl week, though he wasn't sure how it impacted his draft position.

"I just went out there and tried to be as consistent as I can be and do my job as well as possible. I don't think anyone really wants to tip their hand, but I think I went out there and played my game. Hopefully people will like it, and it will be beneficial down the road."

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