Coach Paul Johnson answered plenty of questions following the first day of the Georgia Tech Football team’s spring practice Monday afternoon. However, one name that did not come up in the previous snippet from the post-practice press session was that of running back Dennis Andrews.
In no way does that take away the fact that Andrews is an important piece of the puzzle right now. In fact, the matter is quite to the contrary.
Andrews is one of the few familiar names around the program that will need to step up into a feature role for Coach Johnson’s offense and quick. Take a look at the following list of offensive weapons that no longer remain from 2014’s Coastal Division and Orange Bowl Championship roster.
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That pretty much spells it out right there. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are going to be reliant on basically an entirely new group of playmakers. This is where Andrews comes into the picture, as he is one of the few on the current 2015 roster with any significant in-game experience. Over the past two seasons, Andrews has seen action in 23 games, rushing for 245 yards on just 27 attempts.
Sep 13, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Dennis Andrews (3) runs the ball against the Georgia Southern Eagles during the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
The quick, agile back had an especially impressive stretch during the Yellow Jackets late-season run through Clemson, Georgia and then into the ACC title game versus Florida State last year. Across those three contests, Andrews needed just eight carries to rack up 80 rushing yards. Covering 10.0 yards per attempt against defenses of that caliber is more than noteworthy.
As the Yellow Jackets are in the extreme early days of preparing to defend their division crown and follow up on one of the most memorable seasons in program’s storied past, Dennis Andrews is certainly a young man that all Georgia Tech fans should keep an eye on.