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Former Toros star gets NFL start in Washington

Posted by on October 19, 2011 – 5:58 pm

Last year, it was former Mountain View quarterback Max Hall to wind his way from Toro Nation to the NFL, a cup-of-coffee stint with the Arizona Cardinals.

This year, it’s John Beck.

The Mountain View graduate and record-setter as a high school senior gets his first NFL start in four years on Sunday for the Washington Redskins when they face Carolina.

Beck, 30, entered the game last week after starter Rex Grossman threw four interceptions during a loss to Philadelphia. Beck finished the game 8-of-15 passing for 117 yards and a touchdown run, the Redskins only score of the game.

Beck’s last start was 2007, when he was on the 1-15 Miami Dolphins, where he was a second round pick in 2007. He spent a couple seasons in Miami, then Baltimore in 2009 and moved to Washington last year. He had 676 yards passing, one touchdown and three interceptions in his NFL career after he starred at BYU.

He racked up awards galore during a three-year high school career in which he led the Toros to a 25-2 record in two years starting as Mountain View’s QB in the late 1990s.

He’s one of eight 5A-level players to throw six touchdowns in a game. He still holds the big-school single-season record with 42 touchdown passes in the Toros’ championship year of 1999, coached by Bernie Busken.

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