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Trench Report: Gavin Andrews

Senior Gavin Andrews has been a fixture on the Oregon State offensive line for years. An injury sidelined him in 2015, but he is back in 2016 and looking for a big season helping his teammates improve. What makes his play special?

Gavin Andrews


Right Guard/Center, Senior

HT: 6’6”

WT: 327

Notes:

  • 2nd year as starter (10 Career Starts)

Strengths:

  • Gavin has had to reinvent himself a bit because of injuries, but he has always been a smart player who has positioned himself in the right spots to make plays.
  • Mentally, Gavin is a very aggressive player. He is a snap to just past the whistle guy that wants to dominate his opponents every play.
  • Footwork wise, Gavin has shown to have a great first step on pass protection.  The problem with scouting him (and the reason for no film) is because he was injured all last year so I have not seen him with the techniques that Coach Woods and this offense require.
  • For his size, Andrews is very athletic. He will pull and can block in space as needed.

Opportunities:

  • For Gavin it is just to stay healthy. He is a great player and part of a great class for OSU, but he has also never played a full season. His junior season he had mono and missed a few games and then hurt his foot which eventually cost him his first senior season. So for Gavin, his NFL body has a lot of potential but he needs to show he can stay healthy.

  • Watching Andrews in practice, he also needs to really get his base going.  He is knocking against some of the best defensive players, and sometimes he can give ground. He needs to really impose his will out there more.  Part of that is just getting back into it after being out for over year.   So he is going to have to continue to work on his drive.

Outlook:

Like Stanton, Andrews has the ability and ceiling to be an all conference player.  He needs to stay healthy and he needs to be as physical as he was before the injury. If he can get that form back and understand the offense, he will be a real beast for Oregon State.  With Andrews and Stanton, OSU has a pretty formidable 1-2 punch on that right side. Should Gavin end up at Center, he will provide a great base for that initial comb block that is so important for the read option and clearing a lane for the running backs to run through.


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