ANDREWS: 'Has all the tools'

MIKE RILEY SAID on Signing Day that "lineman are like gold." If that's true, then Oregon State's 2009 class is loaded with the shiny stuff. The Beavers signed six offensive linemen last Wednesday and one of those golden nuggets is the well decorated OT Joshua Andrews. BF.C sought out the writer at The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin to glean insight, and here's what scribe Clay Fowler had to say..

Andrews at Colony High has earned All-Central Division honors as an offensive lineman since he was a sophomore. His coach, Anthony Rice, calls him "a tremendous athlete with so much upside.. a student of the game and a leader here on our campus at Colony."

Andrews' play, says Fowler, was a big reason why the Titans won back to back CIF championships in 2006 and 2007. Andrews and Colony this season were stopped short of a three peat as they lost in the first round of the playoffs to Obum Gwacham's Ayala Dogs.

"His team's results speak volumes and the manner in which Colony achieved success is directly related to Andrews," says Clay Fowler of The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. "Colony was a running team when it won CIF championships in 2006 and 2007 and it wasn't a secret that much of the ground game was run right behind Andrews."

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound player has great feet, is aggressive and equally adept at run or pass blocking.

"Andrews should become an outstanding collegiate lineman, once he gains some overall strength and bulk; he's very athletic," says.

He was also part of one of the top defenses in the CIF. His sophomore season he was a piece of a defense that gave up 15 or more points only four times while shutting out four opponents. His junior year the Titan defense held eight straight opponents to seven points or less.

As stated, Andrews will need to bulk up and increase his strength before he sees the field. He played offensive guard for Colony but will make the switch to the outside at offensive tackle.

Fowler says that shouldn't be a problem though as he has an "exceptional attitude" and is "very coachable."

"It will take (Andrews) a couple years to get on the field with much regularity," Fowler said. "(Andrews has) the tools to eventually become a very good college player."

And once Andrews is in the Beaver system he could thrive.

"In an environment with a lot of internal competition, he could really progress quickly," Fowler concluded.


A big thanks to Clay Fowler of The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin for providing his insight on one of the newest members of Beaver Nation.

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