MTSU receiver hopes domestic assault charge doesn’t define him, or his draft position

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 1:39am

Draft stock was the least of Malcolm Beyah’s concerns.

He was upset with himself. With his actions.

Beyah, just months after his senior season at Middle Tennessee State, was arrested in Murfreesboro on March 30 for an alleged domestic assault of his girlfriend. Less than 60 days stood between the wide receiver and his dream of being selected in the NFL draft.

That wasn’t on his mind.

“It hurt me in different ways,” Beyah said. “It hurt my heart when I got the charge. It doesn’t define me. I’m not that kind of person.”

Beyah went to court two weeks ago and is scheduled to do so again May 6, but expects the charges are being dropped. He is no longer with the girl connected with the arrest, MTSU volleyball player Ashley Adams.

“I was just caught at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Beyah said. “I didn’t hit the person. ... It devastated me when they told me I was going to jail.”

Adams told the Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro) that Beyah “has never been abusive to me. He has never laid his hands on me, and I don’t consider this as him laying his hands on me. It was horribly blown out of proportion.”

MTSU head coach Rick Stockstill speaks to Beyah on a daily basis and said the incident “was out of his character.”

“He is disappointed about it and I’m sure she is too,” Stockstill said. “They’ve been girlfriend-boyfriend for three years. It wasn’t like it was the first time he ever met this girl or anything like that. It was just unfortunate. That doesn’t define who he is.”

The native of Chamblee, Ga., is scheduled to graduate next month with a degree in concrete management and has aspirations of starting his own construction business if his NFL dreams fall through.

Beyah hopes his draft chances won’t take a huge hit because of that one instance.

He said scouts from the New York Giants asked about the charge. He was supposed to visit the Jacksonville Jaguars but they cancelled that meeting before restarting discussions.

In four years at MTSU, Beyah caught 115 passes for 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns. In 2011 he had 45 receptions for a team-best 497 yards and seven touchdowns. Though not the biggest target, the 5-foot-11 Beyah has added weight to reach 200 pounds and become more physical. At his pro day last month, he ran 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash and posted a vertical jump of 37 inches.

Having played on the outside and at the slot position, he believes he has the tools to go as high as the fourth round in this weekend’s draft. He also has an arrest, which could scare away teams altogether.

“I have a lot to offer,” Beyah said. “I have great hands, good speed. I can get open. I can make plays after the ball. I can play multiple positions.

“I can be a great asset to any one team.”