Concerns about Beck's maturity level are nothing new. They were reinforced last fall when Beck danced to the Cornhusker Marching Band during the Oklahoma game and then oggling the Kansas dance squad the next week. Don't think the coaching staff didn't share those same concerns; against Kansas State, they assigned a student manager to keep an eye on Beck during the Kansas State game.
“Harrison, he’s the kind of guy who’s got all of the physical tools, he can throw it a mile, he can throw it harder than anybody else I’ve seen in my life. But he has to mature a little more. You saw it a lot during 7-on-7 stuff this past summer, how he’d come in and take control and try to be more of a leader, as opposed to last year, where he kind of goofed off and jacked around. This year, it’s like a totally different Harrison.”
It's great to see that Beck is stepping up with the mental aspects of the game. He's only 19, and has all of the physical tools you need to play quarterback. Let's hope the progress in the mental aspects continue.
Update Saturday 8/5/06: Beck Goes AWOL