The other day I saw a post on Facebook by former Greenbrier High School football standout Ryan Bowers. Bowers, who owns AthElite Sports Training Academy, said he was working out Bryan Andrews in preparation for a combine.
I first met Andrews when he was in eighth grade and followed his prep career at Greenbrier. Early on, Andrews was known more for his basketball exploits (he was a four-time All County performer for the Wolfpack). However, by the time his junior season rolled around, Andrews had become a football standout as well. As a senior, he led Greenbrier in interceptions, rushing yards and all-purpose yards and was named All County, All Area and All Region.
While he had some offers in basketball, it was football that afforded him the most opportunities. In February 2009, he signed to play at Lehigh. By then, I had already heard what a great student Andrews was and Lehigh, with its high academic standards, seemed like a great choice.
Fast-forward four years, and this once athletic, smart high school student-athlete is now a bona fide NFL prospect. This progression did not happen overnight. Andrews arrived in Bethlehem, Penn. four years ago and went to work to become the best football player he could be. He juggled football with his studies in electrical engineering and put together quite a career.
As a freshman, Andrews played in all 11 games for the Mountain Hawks, making 11 tackles, breaking up three passes, blocking a kick and intercepting one pass. However, it was a frustrating season as Lehigh finished 4-7. The following season, Andrews was part of a resurgence. He played in all 13 games, and cracked the starting lineup thanks to a huge game against New Hampshire when he had five tackles, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass. The team finished 10-3 overall and 5-0 in the Patriot League.
The turnaround did not stop there. By 2011, Andrews was a fixture in the Lehigh secondary. He became an All League performer after making 36 tackles and picking off four passes. He saved his best for the league championship game against Georgetown. He led Lehigh to a victory by intercepting two passes and returning one 26 yards for a touchdown. Lehigh finished the season 11-2 and were once again Patriot League champions.
The honors poured in for Andrews. He was listed as one of the top defensive backs in the nation entering his senior season this past August. Once again, he led Lehigh to a sensational season. They finished 10-1 overall and 4-1 in league play. While opposing teams stayed away from his side of the field, he still managed to make 33 tackles.
What a career for Andrews. In his final three seasons, Lehigh went an amazing 31-6 overall and, even more impressive, 14-1 in Patriot League play. Now, with his college career complete, Andrews has turned his attention to a career in pro football. At 6-0, 180 pounds he has ideal size for a cornerback in the NFL.
Andrews has two big days ahead. He will spend the next few weeks training before he attends an NFL regional combine in New York. He also has a pro day at Lehigh where NFL scouts will try and decide if he is worth a draft pick or free agent try out. He also might attend workouts at the Georgia Dome and at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. All that while finishing his degree on time.
What an impressive athlete and more importantly, what an impressive person. Bryan Andrews’ parents should be extremely proud. As a matter of fact, Wolfpack Nation should be proud, too.