CHRISTIAN BEAL-SMITH | FOOTBALL
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Christian Beal-Smith bio from GamecocksOnline.com:
Graduate transfer from Wake Forest who joined the Gamecocks in the spring of 2022… has appeared in 43 games over the past four seasons, making 22 starts… led the Demon Deacons in rushing each of the past two seasons… has 1,871 career rushing yards with 14 touchdowns… owns four 100-yard rushing games… has one year of eligibility remaining.
2021 (Redshirt Senior)
Played in 12 games, making 11 starts… rushed for a team-leading 604 yards and seven TDs on 131 carries for Wake Forest while splitting time with two other backs… helped the Demon Deacons to the ACC Atlantic Division title… rushed for a season high 95 yards against Florida State… scored two touchdowns against Old Dominion… set career highs in receptions (3), receiving yards (24), longest reception (15 yards) and longest kick return (27 yards) versus Army… was on the preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List, a Lindy’s preseason All-ACC first-team and an Athlon preseason All-SEC second-team pick.
2020 (Redshirt Junior)
Rushed for 732 yards and five touchdowns en route to being named Third Team All-ACC by Phil Steele … was an honorable mention All-ACC selection by the league’s coaches… logged a trio of 100-yard rushing games, including a career-best 130-yard, three touchdown performance against Campbell… also went for 129 on just 13 carries against Virginia Tech, including a 58-yard burst, and 120 on 17 totes at North Carolina… logged a career-high 21 carries for 82 yards and a score in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl against Wisconsin… had five receptions on the season for 42 yards and added three kickoff retuns for 32 yards.
2019 (Redshirt Sophomore)
Appeared in nine games and made two starts… finished with 304 yards, fourth on the team, and two touchdowns… scored his first career touchdown on a 12-yard run vs. Utah State in the season opener… made his first career start at Rice and carried 10 times for 30 yards while scoring on a two-yard run… started vs. North Carolina and rushed for 51 yards on a season-high 15 carries… posted his first career 100-yard game with a 14 carry, 123-yard performance against Louisville, including a season-long run of 25 yards… was the team leader in kickoff returns with eight for 143 yards with a long of 25 yards… added six receptions for 25 yards.
2018 (Redshirt Freshman)
Finished fifth on the team with 231 rushing yards… had the second-highest yards per carry rate (4.9) among the running backs… also a critical member of the special teams where he tied for the team lead with six special teams tackles… made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at Tulane… recorded his first college carries against Towson and responded with a season-best 68 yards on six carries, including a 52-yard burst… logged a season-high 10 carries vs. Notre Dame and added his first career KOR… picked up 60 yards on nine carries in a win over Rice… had a 42-yard run vs. Clemson.
Enrolled at Wake Forest in January… named the offensive scout team player of the week following Wake Forest’s win over Louisville… redshirted.