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Beamer on Vick: 'He's gonna be back in a big way.'

Even as his former star became embroiled in a federal dogfighting case back in 2007, Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer always stood behind quarterback Michael Vick, saying that despite his missteps, he was "a good person."

So with Vick back in the spotlight for the right reasons this week following two-consecutive encouraging appearances as the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, Beamer was asked for his thoughts about the progress his former pupil has made of late.

Beamer said he didn't catch the Eagles game against the Lions this past weekend, where Vick threw his first two touchdown passes since returning to the NFL, but he was able to watch some highlights.

"The guy is working awfully hard to get it back," said Beamer Tuesday before Eagles Coach Andy Reid announced Vick would get another start this weekend against Jacksonville. "I’m pulling for him because I know he’s a good person. He made some terrible mistakes, but he’s a good person. ... If he can get back – and I think he will, I don’t think there’s any question about that – then I think he’s got a story to tell. I made mistakes and you’re responsible for your actions and then I came back from it. Maybe it’ll affect a lot of other kids along the way, make the most positive you possibly can out of the situation."

Even from just a few clips, Beamer was impressed with what he saw out of Vick this past Sunday.

"He didn’t look like he lost it, did he," asked Beamer rhetorically. "He was zipping that ball and made a couple runs. He’s gonna be back in a big way, I think."

By Mark Giannotto  | September 22, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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