Sunday, August 5, 2012
Cole Beasley: 'I'm ready to focus on football'
By Tim MacMahon
OXNARD, Calif. -- Cole Beasley says he’s ready to focus on football after returning to Cowboys training camp.
Beasley, an undrafted rookie receiver out of SMU, reconsidered his decision to give up football after a brief trip home to visit with family and others close to him. He said he had to deal with some personal issues, which he declined to discuss in detail other than to say they are behind him.
“I’ve got all of that resolved,” Beasley said after the Sunday walkthrough. “Now I’m ready to just focus on football.”
When Beasley left camp Friday evening, head coach Jason Garrett gave him 24 hours to reconsider. In a Saturday night phone conversation, Beasley informed Garrett that he wanted to return to the team. He caught a 6:40 a.m. flight from Dallas on Sunday morning to get to Oxnard in time for the walkthrough.
Garrett cited the undersized Beasley’s passion for the game as one of the reasons the Cowboys were interested in him this spring. Beasley put himself in position to have a chance to compete for a roster spot with his performance at offseason workouts, but Garrett said he hadn’t seen the same passion from Beasley at training camp.
“When I spoke with him yesterday, it was like the guy that we signed back after the draft, so we’re excited to have him back,” Garrett said. “What happened the past few days, in my mind, are done. All those issue, they’re behind us. What matters is what he does now.”
Beasley, the son of a former high school football coach, acknowledges that his decision to temporarily walk away probably hurt his chances to make the team. However, he tried to put a positive spin on the situation.
“It just gives me motivation to push harder,” Beasley said. “Now I’ve just got to work harder than everybody out here and still show them that I belong.”