July 24, 2006

Andrews: a Steve Slaton-like meteor

MORGANTOWN--According to all reports emanating from the veterans training under Coach Mike Barwis right now, a new Steve Slaton is arising on defense.

Slaton erupted last season to break the all-time WVU single-game TDs record against Louisville, then broke Tony Dorsett's rushing record in the Sugar Bowl. He was a true freshman.

Quinton Andrews is a 5-11, 210-pound redshirt freshman who will battle senior Abraham Jones in summer camp at the free safety spot. He may overtake him once the season gets rolling.

"Andrews, the safety. He's just playing, man. He will go get the ball. He's cocky, but he knows he can play. He's looking good," said boundary corner Antonio Lewis recently.

The free safety from Opa Locka (Fla.) Monsignor Pace was a first team all-state and all-Dade County for Coach Joe Zaccheo. He left his mark in the talent-rich area as a quarterback-wide receiver.

But lead recruiter Calvin Magee and cornerbacks coach Tony Gibson saw a star in the making in the defensive backfield, and landed the current AD's Academic Honoree.

At the time, South Florida coach Jim Leavitt, who also recruited Andrews, called him "probably the best recruit out of Florida that nobody knows about."

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