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73  Jess Beets
Jess Beets

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Dove Canyon, Calif.

Last College:
Saddleback College

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 285

Position:
Offensive Guard

Experience:
1L


  • SEC Academic Honor Roll (2007)

Finished spring practice as the starter at right guard ... Given UK's depth in the offensive line, the competition for a starting role will continue in August ... Former junior-college All-American who enrolled at Kentucky in January of 2007 ... Participated in five games last season.

2007 (Junior): Appeared in contests against Eastern Kentucky, Kent State, Florida Atlantic, Georgia, and Tennessee ... Earned a place on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Junior College: First-team junior-college All-America by the Junior College Athletic Bureau ... Second-team All-America as chosen by JC Gridwire ... First-team All-California offensive guard both years he played at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo ... Also first-team All-Mission Conference each season ... Helped Saddleback to an 11-1 record his sophomore season, including a Mission Conference championship, a win in the National Bowl, and a trip to the quarterfinals of the juco state playoffs ... Saddleback averaged 37.3 points per game, ranking fourth among the state's 72 junior colleges that play football ... Averaged 421 yards per game of total offense, fifth in the state ... Team went 7-4 his freshman season, winning the US Bank Beach Bowl ... Rated the No. 97 junior college prospect in America by Rivals.com, including the No. 15 player among offensive linemen ... Comes from the same school that produced a pair of recent Wildcats, wide receiver Chris Bernard and defensive end B. Jay Parsons ... Coached by Mark McElroy ... Received a "Scholar-Baller" Award for junior college student-athletes who excel in the classroom ... Picked Kentucky over Colorado.

High School: Played two years at Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. ... Started at center both seasons and was named first-team All-Pacific Coast League each year ... Tesoro was a new school, going 1-9 in its inaugural campaign his junior year before improving to 8-4 and advancing to the second round of the state playoffs his senior season ... Coached by Jim O'Connell ... Also played baseball and was a wrestler at Tesoro ... Batted .505 as a designated hitter his junior season before giving up baseball to concentrate on football ... Placed second in the league in the heavyweight wrestling division his senior year.

Personal: Born in Kansas City, Mo. ... Has seen all parts of the country as he also has lived in Seattle, Philadelphia, and California ... Son of Rick and Mara Beets ... Rick played football at Pittsburg State in Kansas ... Major is sociology.

2014 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium