Jason Beckstrom
Jason Beckstrom
Player Profile

Tulsa, OK

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 186



Is expected to start opposite Vontez Duff after missing the ’02 season with a torn bicep suffered in preseason drills … a three-year monogram winner … has excellent speed and extremely quick feet … was a critical part of the Irish defense in ’01 playing in every game, starting two … solid tackler who has become more physical as he matures … also has a great deal of special teams experience with 260 appearances … recorded six tackles, including four solos in 2003 Blue-Gold Game … competed as a member of the Notre Dame indoor track and field team in ’02 and ’03.

AS A SENIOR: Missed entire 2002 season due to a bicep injury sustained in August.

AS A JUNIOR: Irish reserve cornerback in 2001 … played in every game in 2001, including starting versus West Virginia and Boston College as Notre Dame opened with five defensive backs … made key block downfield on Julius Jones’ 53-yard punt return which led to Notre Dame’s only touchdown of the game vs. Michigan State … part of the Notre Dame defense which finished ranked 20th in the nation … recorded three tackles and recovered a fumble vs. Tennessee … recorded first career interception vs. Purdue and featured a 29-yard runback.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Irish reserve cornerback in 2000 … played on special teams in every game and appeared in secondary in 11 games (missed only vs. West Virginia), including 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon State … made first two career starts vs. Stanford and Rutgers as Irish opened in nickel package and also started vs. USC after regular Shane Walton broke his arm the previous week vs. Rutgers … matched career high with five tackles vs. Air Force and Rutgers … had three solo tackles and broke up two passes vs. Boston College … played every defensive snap vs. Rutgers … made two tackles as reserve corner in 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oregon State and also recovered a fourth-period fumble that led to Notre Dame’s only touchdown drive of the game … made 127 regular-season special team appearances, then five more vs. Oregon State.

AS A FRESHMAN: Won a monogram as rookie Irish cornerback in ’99, playing in 10 games … missed only Pittsburgh and Boston College games, due to ankle sprain … earned playing time in secondary in eight games … made five tackles vs. Stanford, two vs. Michigan State … played extensively in secondary vs. USC, Tennessee and Stanford … qualified as third Irish corner behind starters Deveron Harper and Clifford Jefferson … made 73 special-team appearances.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Helped Jenks High School team in Jenks, Okla., to 12-2 final record in ’98 third straight Oklahoma Class 6A state title and seventh straight district championship … won three letters in football as tailback, cornerback and kick returner … helped Jenks defense that didn’t permit more than nine total yards in a game over last four regular-season contests … helped Jenks become first Oklahoma large class school to win three straight Class 6A state crowns since Tulsa Washington in 1967-68-69 … caught two passes for 61 yards in 41-28 win over top-ranked and unbeaten Tulsa Union in state title game, avenging a 55-45 regular-season loss to Union … ranked among the top five players in Oklahoma in scoring with 15 touchdowns in ’98 … played both tailback and corner as a senior in ’98 … rushed for 743 yards in ’98 on 105 attempts … rated special mention as running back on Daily Oklahoman all-state team for ’98 … captain of team as senior … averaged 8.8 yards per carry as a junior in ’97 while rushing 113 times for 1,008 yards and 13 TDs ... returned two of his 10 kickoffs for TDs … made 34 tackles and broke up 11 passes in ’97 as Jenks‚ defense limited opponents to 79.5 yards per game and 29 percent pass completion rate during unbeaten season … career totals include 29 TDs … earned letters in track and field as junior and senior sprinter … ran 100 meters in 10.48 to qualify for the ’98 state finals in that event but did not run in finale after hamstring pull in 4x100 relay … from the same high school that produced ’97-’98 Irish offensive line starter Jerry Wisne (he was a fifth-round pick of the Chicago Bears in ’99 NFL draft and played with Bears in ’99 and ’00), defensive lineman Andy Wisne and offensive lineman Sean Mahan … attended Notre Dame summer football camp … father Bob competed in track at Midland Lutheran College … full name is Jason Michael Beckstrom … youngest of three children … born April 10, 1981 in Rochester, Mich. … graduated in May from the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in marketing … earned a 3.167 grade-point average during 2000 fall semester and a 3.333 GPA during the fall of 2002 … enrolled in graduate studies.


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