WMU football star declared ineligible

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Western Michigan University cornerback Sam Beal was projected by scouts in the National Football League as, at worst, a high 2nd round selection in the 2019 NFL draft.

Beal is filing to enter the supplemental draft in July after being declared ineligible for his upcoming senior season.

Broncos head coach Tim Lester said on Wednesday that Beal didn't earn enough credits during his junior year to be eligible for the 2018 season.

Beal potentially could have earned the credits he needed over the summer, but would have had to pass a number of summer classes and then petition the NCAA to regain his eligibility.

Beal chose, instead, to enter the supplemental draft, which is for players who have had, "a circumstance change" after the deadline date for the April draft.

Beal is 6 feet 1 inch and earned First-Team All-MAC recognition from pro-football focus after picking off two passes and breaking up 10 others during his standout junior season.