The Duncan Banner

November 15, 2013

Comet receiver’s work ethic proves critical

John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner

VELMA — Velma-Alma senior receiver Alan Beck proves that a lot can be acomplished by pure will.

Not the best athlete, but not a bad one is how coach Greg Gothard described Beck. Gothard added that he is a player who just wills himself to be the best.

“I’ve watched him grow his whole life, and I couldn’t be more proud of one, the young man he has become, and the leader he has become,” Gothard said. “What he doesn’t have athletically, he makes up for it, and them some, with the desire... The desire to be the best he can be. The desire to be a good teammate.

“He’s a self-made football player.”

Beck’s tenacity has turned him into one of the top receiving threats statistically on the team. Junior Ty Richardson has seen first hand what his desire can do. He now knows he can throw it up for Beck and there’s a strong chance his man will come down with the ball.

“He saves my butt all the time,” Richardson said. “He has a big heart and tries really hard.”

Beck is one of only two senior starters on the team. He and running back Connor Sullivan share the burden of the leadership role. Beck has come up with a few jump balls in the last three games, one of which sealed the 30-20 win against Rush Springs.

“When (Richardson) throws the ball up, I want to go up there and get it as much as possible,” Beck said. “God gives me the power to go up and get it. It’s not all me.”