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Eric Beavers
No. 5
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1964-01-03) January 3, 1964 (age 56)
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school:Davis (CA)
College:Nevada
Undrafted:1987
Career history
* Graz Giants (1991–1993)
Career highlights and awards
* All-Big Sky (1986)
  • Big Sky Conference Offensive MVP (1986)
Career Arena statistics
Comp. / Att.:5 / 15
Passing yards:71
TDINT:1–0
QB rating:66.25
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Eric Beavers (born January 3, 1964) is a former American football quarterback who played one season with the Los Angeles Cobras of the Arena Football League (AFL). He also played three seasons in the Austrian Football League for the Graz Giants. He played college football at the University of Nevada, Reno and attended Davis High School in Davis, California.

Early yearsEdit

Beavers earned four letters in baseball and football at Davis High School. He played free safety and quarterback as a junior in football. He was not a full-time starter at quarterback until his senior year when he threw for 1,600 yards and twelve touchdowns while leading Davis to a 6–2–1 record and the Delta League championship. Beavers was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year and also earned second-team All-Metro honors in the Sacramento area. He had a .340 batting average in baseball his senior season.[1]

College careerEdit

Beavers played for the Nevada Wolf Pack of the University of Nevada from 1983 to 1986.[2] He redshirted in 1982. He helped the Wolf Pack advance to the NCAA Division I-AA semifinals in 1983, passing for 832 yards and nine touchdowns while also rushing for 199 yards and a touchdown. Beavers led the Big Sky Conference in passing efficiency in his first full season as a starter in 1984 while passing for 2,370 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns in 1984.[1] In 1985, he led the Big Sky in passing efficiency for the second straight year and threw for 27 touchdowns and 2,617 yards.[1][3][4] Beavers also led the Wolf Pack to the semifinals of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs and earned honorable mention All-Big Sky honors.[4][5] He recorded 26 passing touchdowns his senior year in 1986, earned All-Big Sky and Big Sky Conference Offensive MVP honors, and led the Wolf Pack to a 13–1 record.[2][3][6] He helped the Wolf Pack advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs for the third time in 1986.[7] Beavers finished his college career as the school's career leader in touchdown passes with 78, passing yards with 8,629, total offense with 9,028 yards and pass completions with 642.[2][8] He was also named to the Big Sky All-Academic Team in 1985 and 1986.[6] He was inducted into the University of Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.[9]

Professional careerEdit

Beavers played for the Graz Giants of the Austrian Football League from 1991 to 1993. He was named Giants team MVP in 1991, helping them win the league championship.[10] He played for the Los Angeles Cobras of the AFL in 1988.[11] He relieved starting quarterback Matt Stevens in the fourth quarter of a 66–32 win over the Pittsburgh Gladiators and threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Joe Kelly.[12]

Coaching careerEdit

Beavers later spent a year each as a graduate assistant for the Nevada Wolf Pack and UCLA Bruins.[2][13] He also coached and played in Austria for three years.[2] He has served as an assistant coach at Woodland High School in Woodland, California, Davis High School in Davis, California, Terra Linda High School in San Rafael, California and South Tahoe High School in South Lake Tahoe, California.[2][13][14] Beavers has also been the head coach at South Tahoe and the junior varsity head coach for one year at Woodland.[13][15] He has also taught history at South Tahoe.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Wolf Pack offense: Leave it to Beavers". Reno Gazette-Journal: pp. 27. August 17, 1986. Archived from the original on March 20, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160320235306/https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/150416734/. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Eric Beavers (1983-86/ Football)". nevadawolfpack.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160320231523/http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/genrel/052507acd.html. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Couch, Rod (November 24, 2010). "Boise State Tribute to Nevada Football". scout.com. Archived from the original on March 21, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160321202027/http://www.scout.com/college/boise-state/story/1025179-boise-state-tribute-to-nevada-football. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 McCurdie, Jim (August 30, 1986). "Fullerton Opens With Tough Chore : Titans Face Nevada Reno Team That's Probably Good Bet". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 20, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160320235309/http://articles.latimes.com/1986-08-30/sports/sp-14347_1_nevada-reno. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  5. "Charvez gains his 1,000 yards...". Reno Gazette-Journal: pp. 19. December 3, 1985. Archived from the original on March 21, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160321221801/https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/148250536/. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "BIG SKY CONFERENCE FOOTBALL". bigskyconf.com. Archived from the original on July 9, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170709012818/http://www.bigskyconf.com/custompages/football/2008/08guidesec3.pdf. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  7. "Division I Championship". NCAA. NCAA.org. 2013. pp. 14. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_champs_records/2012/d1/2012FCSfbchamp.pdf. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  8. Murray, Chris (August 23, 2013). "The Sunday List: The 10 best quarterbacks in Wolf Pack football history". blogs.rgj.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2016. https://archive.is/20160320235313/http://blogs.rgj.com/chrismurray/2013/08/23/the-sunday-list-the-10-best-quarterbacks-in-wolf-pack-football-history/. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  9. "Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame". nevadawolfpack.com. Archived from the original on March 21, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160321220758/http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/trads/hall-of-fame.html. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  10. "Hall of Fame". grazgiants.at. https://web.archive.org/web/20180323020730/http://grazgiants.at/verein/hall-of-fame/. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  11. "Eric Beavers". arenafan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/players/Eric_Beavers-98/. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  12. White, Lonnie. "Stevens Leads Cobras to First Victory, 66-32". Los Angeles Times. May 22, 1988. Archived from the original on March 21, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160321231151/http://articles.latimes.com/1988-05-22/sports/sp-4826_1_cobra-defense. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Yingling, Steve (December 19, 2001). "Vikings select Pack record-setter to replace Jaureguito". tahoedailytribune.com. http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/article/20010314/SPORTS/103146795. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  14. Gabel, Chris (October 21, 2012). "Football: South Tahoe QB leads state in TDs, passing". usatodayhss.com. Archived from the original on March 21, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160321211509/http://usatodayhss.com/2012/football-south-tahoe-qb-leads-state-in-tds-passing. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  15. Yingling, Steve (May 29, 2005). "Samaras named STHS varsity football coach". tahoedailytribune.com. http://www.zoominfo.com/CachedPage/?archive_id=0&page_id=1137660706&page_url=//www.tahoedailytribune.com/article/20050529/Sports/105290001/-1/SPORTS&page_last_updated=2005-06-01T11:04:50&firstName=Eric&lastName=Beavers. Retrieved March 21, 2016.

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