We’re just 81 days away from what will surely be an excruciatingly hot day in early September. To celebrate, we’ll honor Oklahoma Sooners WR/TE Mark Andrews today.
Andrews came to Norman from Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he was the primary target of former Texas A&M and current Houston quarterback Kyle Allen. Despite his tremendous upside, the former four-star recruit had to wait his turn with a redshirt year in 2014. However, the 6-6, 250-pound target introduced himself to the college football world with a breakout performance against Tulsa (3 catches, 87 yards, 2 TD) in the third game of his redshirt-freshman season. Since then, he’s been one of the most dangerous weapons that Lincoln Riley has had at his disposal.
Andrews is one of the most physically impressive pass catchers in recent memory at Oklahoma, but he needs to be a bit more consistent (though it should be noted that health issues have played a bit of a role there). His ability alone is enough to get him drafted after he leaves Oklahoma, but a big season in 2017 could make him a rich man by this time next year. He isn’t the type of guy who necessarily needs to average 6-8 receptions per game to make a big impact or impress scouts, and I’m not really expecting that to be the case. But getting the ball into his hands needs to be a priority. Why? Because this can happen: