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David Andrews (born July 10, 1992) is an American football center for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Georgia.[1] His uncle is former Cowboys player and Broncos coach Dan Reeves.

David Andrews
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Andrews with the Patriots in 2015
No. 60 – New England Patriots
Position:Center
Personal information
Born: (1992-07-10) July 10, 1992 (age 27)
Johns Creek, Georgia
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school:Wesleyan School
(Peachtree Corners, Georgia)
College:Georgia
Undrafted:2015
Career history
Roster status:Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2018
Games played:56
Games started:53
Player stats at NFL.com

High school careerEdit

Andrews attended Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners, Georgia,[2] where he was a two-way lineman. In his sophomore year, Wesleyan won the 2008 GHSA Class A state championship. For his junior and senior season, his coaches attributed him with over a hundred knockdown blocks while not allowing a quarterback sack in either year.[3] Andrews was named 2010 Gwinnett County Offensive Lineman of the Year and made the All-County First Team Offense of the Gwinnett Daily Post.[4]

Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Andrews was ranked as the No. 9 center prospect in the class of 2011, which was headed by Reese Dismukes.[5] Andrews had offers from Duke and Michigan but, as a “lifelong die-hard Bulldogs fan,” waited for Georgia to offer and committed “practically on the spot” when he got the offer in February 2010.[6][7]

College careerEdit

In his true freshman season at Georgia, Andrews appeared in ten games. He earned Athletic Director's Honor Roll distinction for fall semester. In his sophomore year, Andrews filled the void left at center by the graduation of Ben Jones. Andrews started all 14 games, helping to protect quarterback Aaron Murray. After the Auburn game in early November, he was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week as he graded out at 88 percent and had six “dominator” blocks and three knockdowns.[8]

As a junior, Andrews was named to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy.[9] He started all 13 games at center and protected quarterback Murray such that Georgia ranked second in passing in the SEC. At the conclusion of spring practice of his senior year, he was named Offensive MVP, and also preseason Third Team All-SEC by Phil Steele. Andrews added another 13 starts in as many games over his senior season, totaling 50 games for his college career. He won Georgia's Vince Dooley Most Valuable Player Award, was selected second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press,[10] and was named one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy.[11]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 12 in
(1.89 m)
295 lb
(134 kg)
5.12 s 1.71 s 2.87 s 4.78 s 8.12 s 30 in
(0.76 m)
9 ft 0 in
(2.74 m)
27 reps

Andrews went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, but signed with the New England Patriots as a free agent on May 8, 2015.[12] He stood out in Patriots training camp and played more than expected in preseason, starting every preseason game due to injuries to Patriots starting center Bryan Stork and reserve center/guard Ryan Wendell. Andrews made the Patriots 2015 53-man roster and started at center in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers after Stork was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return and Wendell was inactive.[13] Andrews started every game through Week 10, playing every snap over the first half of the season.[14] Although he was not selected to the 2016 Pro Bowl, Andrews finished in the top two in fan voting at the position.[15] As a result of his high snap count and low salary, Andrews received a performance-based pay bonus of $237,427.11, the second-highest of any Patriot in 2015 (after cornerback Malcolm Butler).[16]

In 2016, Andrews faced competition from Bryan Stork for the starting center job and ultimately won, leading to Stork's release from the team.[17] He started all 16 regular-season games for the Patriots on an offensive line that led the team to a 14–2 record.[18] Andrews started in Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons in the first overtime game and largest comeback in Super Bowl history;[19] the Patriots trailed 28–3 late in the third quarter, but rallied to win by a score of 34–28.[20]

On May 12, 2017, Andrews signed a three-year contract extension with the Patriots through the 2020 season.[21] The deal has a base value of $9.6 million, with a $1.6 million signing bonus, and an additional $2.1 million in incentives.[22] On September 5, 2017, Andrews was named a Patriots captain for the first time in his career.[23] Andrews started 17 of 19 games for the Patriots, including their Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.[24][25]

Andrews once again started all 16 games at center for the Patriots in 2018.[26] Andrews helped the Patriots reach their third straight Super Bowl appearance after they defeated Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs where they defeated the Los Angeles Rams by a score of 13–3 in Super Bowl LIII.[27][28] Andrews had a fumble recovery in the victory.[29]

On August 26, 2019, it was revealed that Andrews was diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung, putting his 2019 season in jeopardy.[30] He was placed on season-ending injured reserve on August 31, 2019.[31]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Oliver Thomas. "David Andrews opted to join 'the best of the best' with Patriots".
  2. ^ "David Andrews".
  3. ^ "Wesleyan's Andrews in the middle of team's success". Gwinnett Daily Post. August 13, 2010.
  4. ^ "Wesleyan Alumni Wins Superbowl". Green and Gold. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "Rivals.com offensive centers 2011". Rivals.com.
  6. ^ "A Look Back: David Andrews". Scout.com. April 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "Wolves' Andrews commits to UGA". Gwinnett Daily Post. February 22, 2010.
  8. ^ "Wesleyan's Andrews gets SEC honor for play in UGA win". Gwinnett Daily Post. November 12, 2012.
  9. ^ "UGA center David Andrews named to 2014 Rimington Trophy watch list". Dawn of the Dawg. July 8, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  10. ^ "The 2014 AP All-SEC football team".
  11. ^ "Wesleyan grad, UGA center Andrews named Rimington Trophy finalist". Gwinnett Daily Post. December 8, 2014.
  12. ^ McDermott, Michael (May 5, 2015). "UDFA Snapshot: David Andrews". Pats Pulpit. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  13. ^ "UGA's David Andrews realizes dream with NFL start". DawgNation. September 11, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  14. ^ "Rookie David Andrews' playing time a surprise for Patriots in 2015". ESPN.com. January 5, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  15. ^ "Tom Brady tops final fan voting for Pro Bowl". www.bostonherald.com. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  16. ^ "WEEI: 10 Patriots earned more than $100K in performance-based pay in 2015 • /r/Patriots". reddit. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  17. ^ "Breaking Down The Surprising News Of Patriots Releasing Bryan Stork". CBS – Boston. August 24, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  18. ^ "2016 New England Patriots Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  19. ^ "Super Bowl LI – New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons – February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  20. ^ Wesseling, Chris. "New England Patriots win Super Bowl LI". NFL. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  21. ^ Orr, Conor (May 12, 2017). "Pats, center David Andrews agree to 3-year extension". NFL.com.
  22. ^ "Extension cements David Andrews as part of Patriots' future". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  23. ^ Kyed, Doug (September 5, 2017). "Patriots Name Seven 2017 Captains, Including Two First-Timers". NESN.com. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  24. ^ "2017 New England Patriots Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  25. ^ "Super Bowl LII – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots – February 4th, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  26. ^ "2018 New England Patriots Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  27. ^ "Divisional Round – Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots – January 13th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  28. ^ "AFC Championship – New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs – January 20th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  29. ^ "Super Bowl LIII – Los Angeles Rams vs. New England Patriots – February 3rd, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  30. ^ "David Andrews hospitalized with blood clot". NFL. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  31. ^ Yang, Nicole. "Patriots rumor roundup: Here's who won't make New England's 53-man roster". Boston.com. Retrieved August 31, 2019.

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