August 10, 2007

Staff looks for Andrews to regain his focus

MORGANTOWN-- At this time last year, WVU safety Quinton Andrews was an unknown quantity in Morgantown. A redshirt freshman relatively unfamiliar to fans but notorious among teammates for his helmet-ringing hits, Andrews stood poised to take over for the graduated Jahmile Addae at free safety.

A year and 12 starts later, Andrews is still a bit of an unknown quantity, both on and off the field.

For instance, Andrews opened 2006 with an interception in each of his first two games, against Marshall and Eastern Washington, and wrapped up the season with huge picks against Rutgers and Georgia Tech. But sandwiched between those stellar performances was a stretch of games in which the 6-0, 210-pound battering ram was largely a non-factor and was forced to accept his share of blame for the struggles of the Mountaineers' porous secondary.

"We would definitely like to see Quinton work on his consistency," WVU safeties coach Bruce Tall said.

After the Mountaineers' inability to shut down the passing game contributed mightily to a 44-34 loss at Louisville last season that likely cost his team a chance to play for the national title, Andrews admitted, "We knew they were going to try to pass on us a lot and take some shots deep, because our secondary is supposed to be our weakness. We just couldn't make any plays out there. It's like our focus slipped. We have to start playing defense like it's supposed to be played."

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