Beckman hospitalized in critical condition
Monday, November 14, 2005
By Fred Robinson
RUSTON -- Tulane all-conference punter Chris Beckman was in a local
hospital Sunday night after suffering a gunshot wound to the stomach
in a hunting accident earlier in the day.
A spokeswoman with Lincoln General Hospital in Lincoln Parish said
Beckman was listed in "critical but stable" condition and referred all
questions concerning the incident to Tulane's Dennis Polian, director
of football operations.
Efforts to reach Polian and Tulane coach Chris Scelfo on Sunday
night were unsuccessful.
No other Tulane football players were with Beckman when the
accident happened in the Ruston area.
Information on how the accident happened was not released by the
hospital or Tulane University.
Tulane returned to Ruston on Saturday night after a 42-34 loss to
Rice in Houston. The Green Wave, in the midst of a six-game losing
streak, did not practice Sunday.
Beckman is a candidate for this year's Ray Guy Award, which goes to
the nation's most outstanding punter. He's averaging 40.9 yards
punting this season and was coming off his best performance of the
season, averaging 48 yards on five punts against Rice.
The junior from Granada, Miss., led Conference USA in punting last
season with a 42.6-yard average. He was a first-team, all-conference
selection last year and a second-team pick as a true freshman.
The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Beckman ranks sixth in punting average
(42.4) on Tulane's all-time list and sixth in career punting yardage
(7,214). He is seventh in punts with 170.
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