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Beamer on Carmichael: “Such a dedicated guy”

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 16, 2011 – 3:32 pm

Continuing our interview series with the college head coaches of the Texans’ 2011 draft picks, we recorded a podcast with Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer about fourth-round cornerback Rashad “Roc” Carmichael.

Beamer, the head coach at Virginia Tech since 1987, has 240 career victories. He has led the Hokies to seven consecutive 10-win seasons and three BCS bowl games in the last four years. A cornerback himself at Virginia Tech from 1966-69, he’s renowned for “Beamerball,” the outstanding play of his special teams units.

Here are some tidbits from the interview, in which Beamer discussed Carmichael, memories of Texans left tackle Duane Brown as a basketball player and more:

On what the Texans are getting in Carmichael: “They’re getting a great player, and a good person, too. I think you’ve got speed, I think you’ve got toughness, I think you’ve got smartness as far as playing the game, and of course in his school work also. But Rashad’s just been a delight here at Virginia Tech: A guy that works hard, very much a team guy, and a guy with a lot of skills.”

On Carmichael in the film room: “He’s such a dedicated guy. He wants to be a great player. He works at being a great player and he understands it takes film study and all these things. We’ve had quite a few defensive backs go into the NFL, Brandon Flowers being one of them, and I think they’re both kind of made out of the same stuff. They just really make plays. They understand the game. Not everybody that’s as fast as Rashad or as strong as Rashad is a great player, and I think the thing that makes him a great player is that he studies it. He works at it. He looks for the little things that can give him an advantage.”

On Carmichael’s special teams ability: “Oh, he’s good. You know, you’ve got to have skill out there. Most special teams play is out in the open field, and that’s right up Roc’s alley right there. He played here on a lot of our special teams and is good as far as holding up the headhunters out there, and he’s good as far as blocking kicks. He’s got a good knack for that, too. So I think you’re going to like him on your special teams.”

Check out the full interview with Beamer on our Podcast Central page.


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