September 11, 2007

Andrews gives WVU defense (gold) teeth

MORGANTOWN-Quinton Andrews has always been outspoken, so it surprised some when he began minding his mouth this summer. Literally. "I knew I had to change people's perception of me, so I took my gold out," said Andrews of his cosmetic dental wear. "You don't see too many adults walking around with gold teeth in their mouth."

As a spur safety at West Virginia University, Andrews is asked to strike fear in the hearts of opposing wide receivers who dare attempt to snag a pass in his vicinity. But instead of simply psyching out the opposition, the sophomore from Opa Locka, Fla. felt that his grill was making him seem like a person to be feared off the field as well.

"(Wearing the teeth) while playing football makes me someone vicious who goes hard all the time and scares others. But off the field, I realized there really wasn't a place or a time to be that person anymore," Andrews said. "As a growing man, you want to be able to present yourself in a positive way. I know I'm still in college, but when people talk about me, I want them to say I'm a guy who presents himself like a professional at the amateur level."

Andrews' attempt at rehabilitating his image is still a work in progress. The 6-foot, 210-pounder missed the Mountaineers' season-opening victory over Western Michigan for disciplinary reasons. The one-game suspension was handed down barely five months after Andrews was held out of the annual Gold-Blue scrimmage by WVU coach Rich Rodriguez in an earlier attempt at behavior modification.

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