Gomez takes on responsibility for Butte

Butte OT Andrew Gomez (6-4, 280) took over for one of the top JUCO left tackles in the country when Danny Watkins signed with Baylor after the 2008 season and he said he takes the responsibility for keeping QB Jordan Rodgers healthy very seriously. JCFootball.com caught up with the bookend tackle and he updated us on things including what makes him and intriguing line prospect...

Gomez didn't get a lot of recruiting attention when he graduated from Biggs (Ca.) High School, so he headed to one of the top JC programs in the country to continue his football career.

"I was only like 230 or 240 when I got here, so I had to get bigger and that's why I didn't get much attention," Gomez told JCFootball.com. "I worked really hard at getting bigger, adding muscle and just working on my overall game. The staff here is great, the players here are really talented and we play in a great league, against some of the top talent in the country so I knew it was going to be a great test for me."

Last season Watkins held down the left tackle spot, so Gomez played a number of positions on the team that went on the win the national championship.

"Andrew is a really good athlete," Butte offensive coordinator Robbie Snelling said earlier this year. "He's about 6-4 or 6-5, 280 pounds and last season he played both guard and tackle for us.

"He's smart and he's really physical. We love what he brings to the table on that side."

Gomez said it's that versatility that makes him different from the other line prospects out there, but that his main focus is keeping the Roadrunner quarterbacks standing upright.

"I don't want Jordan's jersey getting dirty," Gomez said with a chuckle. "I take pride in making sure he isn't being pressure or getting hit. Even if you don't give up a sack, the QB can still get hit and get hurt so the best thing is to just lock your guy up so he can't do anything."

So far Gomez hasn't had much in the way of recruiting attention, but Snelling feels that's only a matter of time before it starts to roll in.

"He was a full-qualifier out of high school and he's got a 3.5 here, so he's really smart," Snelling said. "He'll sign in December with a school and I think they will be really happy with his versatility because he can play inside or outside.

"Schools are going to be excited when they see him play. I'm confident he can make a difference and play at the next level."

As mentioned earlier, Gomez is available to sign in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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