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Rookie Tight End A Late Bloomer

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 11, 2012 – 2:27 pm


It wasn’t too long ago that many people would’ve thought Redskins rookie tight end Beau Reliford was instead destined for a professional basketball career.

In fact, Reliford didn’t even begin playing football until junior year in high school.

But that decision has paid dividends for the 6-foot-6 tight end from Florida State University

According to Reliford’s profile on the Florida State Website, Reliford – a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native –  excelled on the hardwood at Dillard High School, where he was MVP of the Class 5A state championship game his senior year. In that game, Reliford scored 21 points and had nine rebounds.

Reliford – whose actual first name is Xiangdre – was a Second-Team 5A All-State selection that same season, when he averaged a double-double: 16 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Reliford might’ve picked up football late in high school, but he apparently caught on quickly. He had 500 yards receiving with 10 touchdowns in a senior season when he picked Florida State over LSU, Miami, Ole Miss, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Virginia.

He continued learning the tight end position for the Seminoles, where as a three-year starter Reliford caught 36 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns. He was also a key contributor to Florida State’s running game, as the Seminoles averaged 151.8 rushing yards per game during Reliford’s tenure.

The Redskins and their fans are certainly hoping that learning curve continues for Reliford here in Washington.

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7 Responses to “Rookie Tight End A Late Bloomer”

  1. By Dennis Chacko on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    the guy blocks like a tackle, on tape blocks better than all the fsu ots, not to mention his huge athletic stature, and former basketball players are almost always super successful at te.

  2. By internetcareer on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    The one beef I have with Shanahan is his obsession with players switching positions and having the ability to play multiple positions. Is our 3rd round draft pick a guard or center. Why does Alexander have to practice at tight end when middle linebacker is tough enough to focus on? And why switch everybody around when one guy gets injured. Question: Is Ray Lewis practicing at multiple positions? No. He plays one spot. How about Terrell Suggs? Ever hear about him switching to d. tackle or safety or tight end. No. How about Ed Reed. Does he ever play cornerback when somebody is hurt? No. Players perform BEST when they can fine tune their skills in one position. Perhaps that is why the Skins are forever getting injured players because they are not moving forward, are confused, and not able to focus on their primary and only job.

  3. By Jzb111 on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    @internetcareer. Yes, actually Terrell Suggs has been switched from defensive end to outside linebacker, and he is required to know both positions. In fact, Suggs most likely has played in every single gap along the d-line at some point.

  4. By zenida on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    ayo look at it like this Reliford is 6’6 at the tightend position at TE we have the answer with Fred Davis we still have Chris Cooley & Niles Paul is studying the TE position as well this guy Reliford is fast enough to play RB & I’m sure he can jump please Shanahan do the smart thing & run this guy at the WR position Calvin Johnson Jr. 2.0

  5. By reb1225 on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    Redskins when Beathard was here switched players often. Joe Jacoby came here as a DT, Darryl Grant came here as a college center. Mark May came in as a first round tackle and started 12 years in the NFL as a guard. Mike Tice who was on the 1991 SB team came into the NFL as a qb and ended up a TE.

  6. By Mike Ratliff on May 14, 2012 | Reply

    Billy Kilmer started out his NFL career as a running back for the Saints before he became QB.

  7. By RB on May 15, 2012 | Reply

    Wow. Did someone just compare this cat to Calvin Johnson?!

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