Monday, April 26, 2004

At 6-foot-5, 346 pounds, he still has room to grow

OT Stacy Andrews

By Kevin Kelly
The Cincinnati Enquirer

If football does not work out, and there's a chance it may not, Stacy Andrews has a hammer.

And a discus to go along with the shot put.

Stacy Andrews, OT, Mississippi
Height/Weight: 6-5, 346
DOB: June 2, 1981
College: Mississippi
2003 stats: 5 games, 101 plays, 2 blocks resulting in touchdowns.
2004 projection: Likely to work on practice squad with possibility of a late-season activation.
Personal: Art major; brother, Shawn, selected 16th overall by Eagles; he holds the Ole Miss track and field school records for indoor weight throw, outdoor hammer throw and discus
A distinguished collegiate track and field athlete, Andrews passed on Olympic qualifying to try football as a senior at Mississippi.

"That's what I wanted to do," he said Sunday. "So I just put track on the back burner."

Five games and 101 snaps later, the 22-year-old is a Bengal.

Cincinnati took Andrews, considered one of the potential sleepers in the NFL Draft, with the 27th pick in the fourth round Sunday.

"If you call a guy a project it means that he was, in many ways, unproductive in college," said Paul Alexander, Bengals assistant head coach/offensive line. "He was incomplete in college.

"He was a very good player in the plays he played. So he's not a project from that standpoint. He's a man who needs experience."

Believing they have ample depth at offensive tackle, the Bengals hope to shape Andrews, 22, into a productive lineman.

At 6-foot-5 and 346 pounds, Andrews blends strength with quickness (5.07 in the 40-yard dash).

"He's going to be a fun guy to watch," Alexander said. "If he can progress the way we want him to, he certainly has all the potential in the world to become a very good NFL player.

"If he doesn't then he was a fourth-round pick."

The older brother of Arkansas offensive tackle Shawn Andrews, who was taken in the first round, Stacy Andrews first tried football in the ninth grade.

Basketball and track instead captured his interest in high school.

At Ole Miss, Andrews became an indoor and outdoor All-American in track and field.

He holds the school record for indoor weight throw (68 feet, 3 1/2 inches), outdoor hammer throw (201 feet, 7 inches) and discus (188 feet, 5 inches).

All the while, Andrews wanted to give in to the football coaches who tried to lure him away from the track.

"I knew I would eventually going to go out for it," Andrews said.

He did and red-shirted as a senior. Last season, as a fifth-year senior, Andrews played in five games.

He had 14 key blocks and two blocks that resulted in touchdowns.

"He's obviously a rare, rare athlete," Alexander said. "He's certainly a first-round athlete."



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