Beam named SoCon Defensive Player of Week
from staff reports

   JOHNSON CITY -- East Tennessee State LB Lamar Beam was named the Southern Conference's Defensive Player of the Week after a dominant performance last Saturday against Elon.
   The sophomore was a one-man wrecking crew as he accumulated a game-high 11 tackles, with six for losses and four quarterback sacks.
   Beam came into the contest with 3.5 career sacks in his ETSU career and eclipsed that mark in one game The entire Buccaneer defense had come into the contest with just three sacks on the season when they put nine sacks on the Phoenix quarterbacks.
   In what turned out to be the most important series of the game, Beam stood tallest. Elon had battled to get within 31-15 and had the ball on the ETSU 45-yard line after recovering the onside kick.
   Beam sacked Phoenix QB James Murdaugh twice in the ensuing series - on first down and again on third down - with his third down sack leading to an interception by Bucs' safety Montreal Harkley.
   Following his phenomenal performance Beam now leads the squad in tackles with 46, including nine for loss of yardage.
   Beam becomes the second Bucs' player to earn Player of the Week honors on the defensive side of the ball with Harkley also being honored after ETSU's September 23 contest with VMI.