Kansas football top 25 difference-makers: No. 21, DE Isaiah Bean

Kansas defensive end Isaiah Bean (19) gets airborne as he and safety Greg Allen (22) take out Baylor wide receiver Blake Lynch (2) during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas.

Kansas defensive end Isaiah Bean (19) gets airborne as he and safety Greg Allen (22) take out Baylor wide receiver Blake Lynch (2) during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas. by Nick Krug

Those among us who have difficulty with the battle of the bulge wonder how wonderful it must be to be ordered to gain weight.

It’s really just two different sides of the same coin. Losing weight requires discipline and so does putting it on. Some bodies aren’t as receptive as others to putting on pounds. Isaiah “String” Bean, sophomore defensive end for Kansas has so many traits that make him ideally suited to rush the quarterback. He has long arms, stands 6-foot-4, is extremely quick and plays with fury. If only he could put on weight at a faster rate.

Bean is listed at 220 pounds and is up “12, 13 pounds,” according to head coach David Beaty. For now, he’s a specialist, a pass rusher on passing downs.

“He’s a special kid, now,” said special teams coach Joe DeForest, who helps coach defensive ends. “He’s got so much speed off the edge. Obviously, he’s not an every down player because he can get swallowed up by big tackles, but his speed off the edge creates issues for offenses. They may even have to use a back to chip him.”

If so, that’s one fewer potential pass-catcher to have to defend. Bean’s an exciting talent whose role will expand as his weight does throughout his career.

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Brett McCabe

A good example of Keegan's emphasis on patience, and on Beaty's commitment to "not skip a step". It takes time to change a body, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Bean as an all-conference guy his senior year while many people ask "where did that guy come from?".

For now, I'll definitely take a lightning-quick pass rushing specialist. Prevent 3rd and long conversions, and you'll see a much more competitive team this year.

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Randy Bombardier

Muscle mass weighs more than fat. There's limits to a frame on how much he will gain if he has a narrow frame and I would hate to seem him gain weight at the expense of speed. Also muscle gained by weight training without suplements is denser and adds bone density which will lead to his natural weight ceiling, if i understand this science correctly. I'm guessing his natural top end may be 240 to 250. I think he can be a real stud when this happens. Will be fun to watch.

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