This past weekend against Midwestern State University saw the debut of Javelinas freshman quarterback Caleb Bedford in Wichita Falls.
The result didn’t turn out in Bedford’s favor suffering a defeat to the Mustangs 43-10. Bedford impressed many throughout the game as he showed confidence in leading the first team offense.
There were times when the freshman made some mistakes, but who doesn’t make mistakes in their first attempt at something?
The thing that was impressive about Bedford’s performance was his uncanny ability to shrug off would-be tacklers and turn a negative play into a positive play.
For all the things going right in Bedford’s young football career, he enjoys the little things in life outside of football.
Bedford is currently studying Sociology in hopes of improving children’s lives and giving them inspiration to be something great when they grow up.
“I want to study Sociology, I want to be able to help out children in need,” Bedford said.
When Bedford isn’t on the gridiron practicing for the Javelinas, he is constantly studying and doing homework for his Sociology degree.
“Well most of the down time I have I spend doing homework,” Bedford said. “If I am free after football season, I like to play basketball on my down time.”
Bedford found inspiration early on in his life from his mother. Bedford’s mother kept him on the right track and encouraged him to play football and be the best he could be at it.
Bedford gives credit to his mother for being persistent on him playing football.
“My mom inspired me to play football; she pushed me a lot,” Bedford said. Anything she wanted me to
do I did it. She always led me in the right direction.”
Bedford played high school football in his hometown, Houston. Bedford attended Alief Elsik, a perennial power in the city of Houston as well as the state of Texas.
Bedford earned second team all district in 2012 for his play as quarterback. Bedford’s senior season saw him earn first team all district selection as quarterback in 2013.
Bedford even experienced the playoffs his senior year taking Alief Elsik to the third round of the playoffs before eventually losing to Northshore High, another power in the Houston high school football scene.
With his first start under his belt and many more to possibly come throughout his stay here at TAMUK, Bedford said he felt no nerves before his first career start against Midwestern State.
“Honestly, I wasn’t really nervous. It was just another game for me,” Bedford said. “I was mentally prepared for this moment.”
Bedford was initially supposed to get his first start against West Texas A&M two weeks ago. He found out he was going to start against Midwestern State early on in the week and prepared himself for the first test of his college career.
Bedford will be taking the reps with the first team offense and preparing for the Homecoming game against Texas A&M Commerce.
“I feel really good about it, for them to put their trust in me makes me feel like I am a trustworthy person,” Bedford said. “I am what they are looking for in a quarterback.”
Coming from a large city like Houston, Bedford says that the small town vibe and the family oriented feel of TAMUK is ultimately what led him here to further his education and his football career.
“I chosee TAMUK to further my education because it’s family oriented and it’s a big football town,” Bedford said. “It’s kind of a small town so that was pretty good for me.”
Bedford will be making his home debut in Javelina Stadium this weekend. This will be the first time the Javelina Nation faithful will get a chance to see the future of this young player.
When asked about what he thinks of the fans and the Javelina Nation game day experience, Bedford said he knows that the fans expect excellence and the tradition that comes along with playing at TAMUK is always a motivating factor to perform well.
“It makes you want to play better,” Bedford said. “All the support from the fans makes you want to do it for them and make them happy.”