30 - Darriell Beaumonte
Darriell Beaumonte
Height: 6-0
Weight: 210
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Lakewood, Wash.
High School: Clover Park HS '07
Position: RB
Experience: 3L*

* Honors Candidate *

Career: Originally a walk-on, Beaumonte has been credited with 26 tackles in his career as a kickoff and punt coverage special teams standout. He had three in 2008, eight in 2009 and 15 in 2010. In his career, Beaumonte has rushed for 379 yards and three touchdowns, and has caught 16 passes for 132 yards and one more score. He was a fullback in 2008 as a redshirt freshman, then proved to be more valuable with the ball in his hands and moved to running back the following season. He has also spent the last two years as play-by-play and color commentator for Eastern women’s basketball internet broadcasts.

2011: Earned preseason All-Big Sky Conference honors as a special teams standout as selected by the league’s media and sports information directors. Listed as a backup at running back on preseason depth chart. In the spring, he was presented an “Iron Eagle” Award for his off-season academic and athletic achievements. In four spring scrimmages, he rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown, including a 63-yard scoring run to finish with 110 yards in EWU’s Red-White Spring Game.

2010: Was a first-team All-Big Sky Conference selection on special teams and was also the team’s Special Teams MVP. He played in 14 games, missing the Idaho State (11/20/10) game to rest an ankle injury. He finished with 15 tackles on special teams to rank 18th overall on the team, including three versus Northern Colorado (10/16/10). He started three times at tailback, including Eastern’s opener versus Nevada (9/2/10) and back-to-back games versus Montana State (9/25/10) and Weber State (10/2/10). Beaumonte was once a blocking fullback in Eastern’s offense, but he did a different kind of blocking in the 2010 season. After leading 28-10 at intermission against Portland State (10/30/10), the Eagles turned a blocked punt by Beaumonte into a recovery for a touchdown by T.J. Lee to increase the advantage to 18. Beaumonte also had a huge special teams play in EWU’s 36-27 victory over Montana (9/18/10) in the first game on EWU’s new red Sprinturf surface at Roos Field. He blocked a punt that he returned himself six yards for a score to wipe out Montana’s last lead of the day. It was EWU’s first blocked punt returned for a TD since 2004. Not surprisingly, he was EWU’s special teams player of the week against Montana and PSU. As EWU’s backup running back behind All-American Taiwan Jones, he rushed for 219 yards and a pair of rushing TDs in 2010. When Jones was sidelined because of an injury versus Weber State (10/2/10), Beaumonte responded with a 78-yard rushing performance, scoring once on a rush and another on a TD reception in EWU’s 35-24 win. He rushed for 236 yards on just 22 carries (10.7 per carry) in the three spring scrimmages he played in.

2009: Played in 10 games, seeing action as a running back and on special teams. He had a season-high 40 yards on eight carries at Idaho State (10/3/09) and also caught three passes for 41 yards against the Bengals. He scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard run versus Portland State (10/31/09). He also had eight tackles in 2009 on special teams. In the spring, he was selected as Eastern’s co-most improved offensive player.

2008: Played Eastern’s last nine games as a special teams standout and fullback. He rushed seven times for 25 yards and finished with three total tackles. He was EWU’s special teams player of the week against Idaho State (9/27/08) and subsequently was one of three team co-captains the following week. He was offensive scout team player of the week before the Colorado (9/6/08) game.

HS: Graduated from Clover Park HS in 2007. Selected to play in the 4A/3A East-West All-State Game. Was a first-team All-Seamount League running back as a senior and a second-team pick as a junior. Also competed in track and field at Clover Park, finishing third in the State 3A Championships in the 400 meters with a time of 49.36 as a senior and also advancing to the championships as a junior in the 200. He performed with a Clover Park elite choir and step team, served on the school’s leadership council and was elected homecoming king.

Personal: Born 11/16/88 in Seattle. Will turn 23 three days before Eastern plays at Idaho State. His mother is Nadine Beaumonte, but he and his brothers, Dominique and Demetrius, spent most of their youth with several foster families. Darriell was in the care of Zena Sturgis throughout high school, and she convinced him to pursue an opportunity to walk-on at Eastern. Despite being initially denied admission to Eastern, he was helped in the appeals process by Clover Park High School counselor Tasha Landram. Darriell is an interdisciplinary studies major with an emphasis on communications at EWU, and expects to graduate in spring 2012. When he does, he will defy the odds of college students from foster families. A recent study showed that only 43 percent of Northwest children under foster care received any type of education beyond high school, and only 1.8 percent went on to earn a bachelor’s degree. Name is pronounced “dare-ee-el” “bo-mon-tay.”

Year GP   Car  Yds  Hi   Apc  Apg  TD   Lg
2008 9      7    25   13   3.6  2.8  0    10
2009 10   41   135  40   3.3  13.5 1    15
2010 14   81   219  78   2.7  15.6 2    11
Tot.     33   379129   78   2.9 3  11.5   15
Year GP   PC   Hi   Yds  Apr  Apg  TD   Lg
2008 9     0    0    0     0.0  0.0  0    0
2009 10   5    3    67   13.4 0.5  0    27
2010 14   11   3    65   5.9  0.8  1    16t
Tot.  33   16   3    132  8.2  0.5  1    27
Blocked Kicks: 2010/2.

 

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