Kentucky Mr. Football Andrews enrolls at WKU, will play running back once cleared

Jonathan Lintner

This story was originally published Aug. 23, 2010.

Antonio Andrews, a former Fort Campbell standout quarterback and Kentucky Mr. Football, told the Herald Monday that he’s moved onto campus at Western and is awaiting word from the NCAA Clearinghouse to begin practicing with the Toppers.

Andrews threw for 3,365 yards and 50 touchdowns and rushed for 3,368 yards and 56 scores during his career at Fort Campbell, finishing 29-0 as a starter. He said the plan is to play at running back behind junior Bobby Rainey at Western.

“(Rainey’s) helping me out with the playbook,” Andrews said. “It’s good to shadow somebody like that so I can take care of business when my time comes.”

WKDZ in Hopkinsville first reported last weekend that Andrews had enrolled at Western and would begin practicing with the team Saturday. But Andrews said he’s just been watching at practice so far, waiting to get through the NCAA’s red tape.

Western officials can’t comment on Andrews until he’s cleared by the NCAA, but a source close to the situation said paperwork is moving forward and “looking good.”

Despite originally signing to play at Air Force, Andrews said he accepted a scholarship from Head Coach Willie Taggart and will be eligible to play this season.

“I just didn’t like it up there,” Andrews said. “There’s a lot that they don’t tell you about the military part of it. It wasn’t the place for me.

“Being here — this is going to be a good experience.”

Western began fall camp Aug. 9, giving Andrews more than two weeks less practice than the rest of the incoming freshman class. He said Taggart has offered a redshirt should he not play this season.

“I’m behind everybody,” he said. “But coach Taggart told me if I come in and pick up the playbook I’ll be able to play right away.”