Former Midway offensive lineman Christian Beard will join the Baylor football team as a walk-on with hopes of earning a scholarship.
The 6-5, 305-pound Beard will redshirt in 2017 under NCAA transfer rules and will have at least one year of eligibility remaining after playing at Central Florida last season.
However, he could earn a second year at Baylor if he is granted a medical redshirt after playing just three games last season due to a toe injury. He’s already enrolled at Baylor for the spring semester and will participate in spring football drills.
“With the time I have left, I wanted to come back to Waco for my family,” Beard said. “Coach (Matt) Rhule is a great guy and is really down to earth and wants success for the program.”
Beard last played at Midway in 2013 before playing two seasons at Trinity Valley Community College. He spent just one season at Central Florida before getting his release. He asked Rhule for an opportunity to play for the Bears last week.
“I decided pretty much last week after I got my release and really just surprised him more than anything,” Beard said. “This wasn’t planned for a long time, and I made that decision to roll with it and get on the team.”
Beard has connections to Baylor since his brother, Jody, was a walk-on fullback and his sister in law, Ashley Holder, played soccer for the Bears.