Montgomery College's William ``Boo'' Beverly knows football

September 21, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Staff Writer

Like any effective running back, William "Boo" Beverly knows when to hit the hole and when to bounce outside.

But no one at Butler County Community College in Eldorado, Kan., expected the former Old Mill star to bounce back to the East Coast to attend Montgomery-Rockville Community College.

After spending a year at Butler where he was used "sparingly," the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder forfeited his full athletic scholarship to attend the Rockville-based campus where he believes he can better market himself to a four-year -- preferably Division I -- football program.

"I was doing pretty good at Butler, but I had a lot of people at the same position as me and playing time was scarce," Beverly conceded. "I felt it was time to make a change to get me to where I want to go. The coaches [at Montgomery-Rockville] told me if I come here it would be a balanced offensive attack. I thought the diversity of the run-and-shoot would help me with colleges looking at me."

"That's what really pushed me to make the change," he said. "At Butler, it was basically straight running. I feel as though I'm a good receiver out of the backfield and this offense will give me a chance to show that."

Montgomery College coach Phil Martin, who failed to persuade Beverly to wear a Knight's uniform directly out of high school, has seen his "super back" gain only 17 yards on eight carries for a 2.1 average in his team's two games. But Martin isn't worried about his newcomers latest production figures.

"We were trying to go 50-50 on the pass and run, but we've gone about 60 percent pass, so we haven't used him as much on the ground," said Martin, whose team is now 2-1 after Saturday's 51-12 defeat at the hands of fourth-ranked Nassau Community College in New York. "We go to our receivers a lot, but we're trying to get it to him more on some passing plays."

"We've put in some pass plays specifically designed to use his skills and to get him open in the perimeter," he said. "We want to get him out in the open and away from the big bodies where he can do his thing."

"Doing his thing" at Old Mill meant multitudes and resulted in Beverly's selection as the Anne Arundel County Sun 1991 Football Player of the Year.

In his final season in a Patriots uniform, Beverly rushed for 951 yards and 14 touchdowns, helping Old Mill to its first state playoff appearance and a 9-2 mark. He also hauled in 24 receptions for 367 yards and four touchdowns and intercepted five passes, recovered three fumbles, returning two for touchdowns of 90 and 83 yards.

Beverly said he is excited about having an opportunity to get the ball in the open field on swing passes, but admits that he does miss having an escort when he's handed the ball in the backfield.

"It's been kind of hard because I'm used to running behind a fullback, but in this one-back set, I'm all by myself," said Beverly. "I've always had someone in front of me, at least trying to clear the way, but now I have to make my own way. It's something I have to learn to adjust to."

Learning to adjust has not been difficult for Beverly, on the football field nor the classroom.

When Beverly enrolled at Montgomery College in August he was one of six running backs vying to be that "lone" back. His hard work and patience paid off as he swiftly worked his way through the depth charts, finally landing the starting spot.

"It wasn't like I just walked in and was the number one person," said Beverly. "I accepted the fact that there were others fighting for the position. I think the competition made me a better person. I didn't just come in and get handed the ball. I think I really did earn it and I feel it was an accomplishment."

An accomplishment in which Beverly perhaps takes more pride was his ability to earn 34 credits in his two semesters at Butler.

"I'm more than half way there," he said, in reference to his Associate of Arts degree. "My mind-set now is to graduate."

Martin is confident that his sophomore -- with an important red-shirt year remaining -- can handle both the athletic and academic strains of a four-year school. And as a coach, he can especially vouch for his athletic prowess.

"He runs the ball, catches the ball and blocks," said Martin. "He does it all."

And what is Beverly's new perception of Butler County $l Community College?

"I have no hard feeling toward the program," he said. "It was a first-rate program and I had a good experience there. I met people from all over the country, and I like to think I matured a bit. I had no qualms about the program, I just thought it was a move I had to make."

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