RedHawk Insider was able to catch up with Andrew as he and his Charlotte Catholic teammates prepare for the upcoming 2008 season.
The 6'5", 270lb senior anchors both defensive and offensive lines for the Cougars at defensive tackle and right offensive tackle. He is projected to play defensive tackle for the RedHawks.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to play for Miami. I love the campus and really like my recruiter, Coach (Jimmy) Lindsey. My decision was made easy when I saw the focus and drive of the defensive coaching staff," said Muller. He added, "I can see myself succeeding on the field at Miami and in the classroom too. It is a great school."
Andrew had some offers to choose from in both the ACC and Conference USA, as Duke and Marshall had offered scholarships. He was also offered by Richmond as well. "I was still being recruited by UNC, NC State, Virginia and Appalachian State, but felt Miami was my best choice," said Muller.
We talked a little bit about what attracted college coaches to Andrew's playing ability, "probably my combination of a good frame with explosiveness and quickness off the ball," replied Muller. Andrew feels that adding weight to his frame and strength in the weight room are his biggest opportunities. He boasts a 40 time of 5.08 seconds, possesses a 29" vertical and has a bench press max of 315 lbs.
While he is undecided on a specific major, Andrew would like to pursue a degree in business. He has aspirations of finishing his degree in four years and beginning a masters program in his fifth year if red-shirted. "I love to pursue the NFL dream, but I have to be realistic," said Muller. He added that he'd "like to follow in the footsteps of my family's successful construction business" as an alternative to playing professionally.
We reflected a few minutes on making the jump from high school to college. "The biggest change for me to college life is leaving my family in Charlotte. We're very close. I have two younger siblings," said Muller. "Miami is 7 hours from home, but my family is promising to be at every game," he added.
In terms of adjusting to playing college football, Andrew is focused on the talent, strength and size of the competition. "I've played varsity since my freshman year, so I'm used to playing up a bit," he said, "but these players are a lot biggest, faster and stronger than what I'm used to. It will take some getting used to."
The upcoming season has a lot is store for Charlotte Catholic. They've been to the North Caroline State Championship game the past 4 years, winning twice. Andrew feels a fifth appearance and a championship are in the cards. "We have to get past our first opponent, South Mecklenberg, on August 22 first," he said. "We'll also have a tough game against Charlotte Latin and Charlotte Country Day for the Cook Cup."
Andrew also wrestles at heavyweight for the Cougars, last year earning all conference honors. He is an avid outdoorsman, spending time at his father's hunting lodge and also fishing. However, few know about his hidden talent… his dancing ability. Andrew claims, "My size makes for an interesting shag dance."