To earn a selection in the NFL draft after starring at a non-automatic qualifying FBS school, a player must dominate. That is precisely what Andrews did for the Hilltoppers, leading the country and setting an FBS record with a combined 5,770 all-purpose yardage over the past two seasons. Setting records was something Andrews did quite often at Western Kentucky, including while rushing for 100+ yards in 11 games in 2013 and for posting 100+ all-purpose yards in 25 consecutive games, most in the country. Andrews enjoyed a brilliant prep career, earning Mr. Football for the state of Kentucky in 2009 at quarterback. He went 29-0 as a starter at Fort Campbell, leading his team to consecutive state championships. After high school Andrews originally signed with Air Force but transferred to WKU and played in a variety of roles (including quarterback, returner and backup to current Tampa Bay Buccaneers' running back Bobby Rainey) once he arrived before breaking out on his own in 2012. Andrews' all-purpose production could continue in the NFL. He combines subtle movements to avoid defenders with a strong stiff-arm and powerful leg drive to run through would-be tacklers. He also possesses soft hands, making him weapon in the passing and return game.
STRENGTHS: Possesses a legitimate NFL frame and due to a surprisingly smooth upper body, still has the potential for additional 5-10 pounds of sculpting. Good vision and patience as a runner, considering his past at quarterback. Presses the hole when it is there but shows an impressive shoulder-dip and slide hesitation move to freeze defenders before cutting laterally. Deceptive burst and accelerates to top speed quickly to throw off defenders' angles. Accelerates into would-be tacklers head on, lowering his shoulder and using his free hand to ward them off with a strong stiff-arm. Above average balance, especially for a big back. Can absorb a shot to his upper or lower body (especially straight-on) and while he may be knocked back for a split-second, often is able to gather himself and push forward for additional yardage, breaking free, on occasion. Good awareness as a receiver. Recognize when his quarterback is in trouble and will either continue or shorten his route as necessary to provide an outlet option. Reliable hands as a kick returner and shows good vision to set up his blocks. WEAKNESSES: Very much a north-south downhill defender, who isn't nearly as effective when running laterally at the line of scrimmage. Tops-out quickly and does not possess the speed to beat NFL defenders to the edge or pull away in the open field. While he can absorb a shot and remain upright, does not possess elite balance, too often being forced to gather himself with a shuffle that Sun Belt Conference defenders may not be quick enough to capitalize on but NFL tacklers could... COMPARES TO: Rashad Jennings, Oakland Raiders - Jennings has quietly carved out a solid career for himself in the NFL after starring at Liberty and I wouldn't be surprised to see Andrews do the same. He's not an elite athlete but has good size and has a varied and valued skill-set. --Rob Rang
12/21/2013 - 2013 ALL-SUN BELT FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Antonio Andrews (WKU, Sr., RB),...Andrews, who led the nation in all-purpose yardage for in consecutive seasons, tallied a school-record 1,730 rushing yards this season, a mark that ranked fourth nationally, to go along with 16 rushing touchdowns, both high water marks in the Sun Belt. With Andrews earning the Offensive Player of the Year award, three of the last four such honors have gone to the Hilltoppers after current Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting running back Bobby Rainey took home the honor following the 2010 and 2011 seasons. - Western Kentucky football