BC Lions add Santonio Beard to practice roster

August 7, 2003 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - B.C. Lions News Release

VANCOUVER, B.C. August 7, 2003 – BC Lions General Manager and Head Coach, Wally Buono, today announced that he has added import running back Santonio Beard to the practice roster.

The 6’0”, 222-pound Beard is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. Beard joins the Lions after three seasons at the University of Alabama. He started seven of the 21 games he appeared in with the Crimson Tide, and rushed for 1,444 yards and 16 touchdowns on 242 carries in his three NCAA seasons. Averaged 6.0 yards per carry and also caught six passes for 82 yards.

Beard was one of just 12 true freshmen to letter at Alabama in 1999, when he played in 12 games on special teams. He redshirted the 2000 season, before appearing in eight games in 2001, rushing 77 times for 633 yards and four touchdowns. His best game of 2001 came against Tennessee, when he rushed for 141 yards on 10 caries, breaking a 51-year old school record for average yards per carry. Also played in the Independence Bowl versus Iowa State.

In 2002, he started six games for the Crimson Tide, and played in every game, carrying the ball 165 times for 811 yards and 12 touchdowns, for an average of 4.9 yards per carry. He also caught five passes for 74 yards, averaged 68.1 all-purpose yards per game, and led the Volunteers in scoring. His best game came against arch-rival Mississippi, when he carried 13 times for 138 yards, and tied a school record with five touchdowns (also accomplished by current Seattle Seahawk Shaun Alexander).

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