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Role player

October 19, 2004

Albany-- Antwan Andrews not only looks like a football player. He sounds like one too. "I love to get hit. I love to put a punishment on someone else before they put it one me," Andrews said.

In the last two weeks, Andrews has been putting it on anyone who dared to bring him down. The junior from Brunswick has rolled up over 300 rushing yards and six touchdowns in back to back wins over Savannah State and Clark Atlanta.

"You know every time the coach called a play the first thing that comes into my head once I go out there is that I always think about a touchdown. It's always good to get a first down but as a running back you should always think touchdown," Andrews added. "He stepped up and he made a difference. He took advantage of the opportunity and we're looking forward to him playing even better throughout the year," Rams offensive coordinator Donald Pittman said.

It's been a long time coming for Andrews, who had to settle for the role of backup before starter Antonio Atkins went down with a shoulder injury. "If you work hard, good things will happen," Andrews added.

With the possible return of Atkins to the starting lineup this week, Andrews knows his playing time could diminish. But as long as the Rams are winning, he says he'll accept whatever role he's given.

"I've given the coaches a lot of confidence, so if Atkins doesn't get hurt and he still goes and does his thing they always know they have a second back to come in there with fresh legs to pound the defense," Andrews said.

"That's the biggest thing about our team. Our coaches will put into perspective what our roles are and everybody knows their role. But if Antonio comes back it makes us better because we've got another weapon that we can go to," Rams quarterback Uyl Joyner said.

But even if he returns to the role of backup, Andrews says the best is yet to come.

"I'm not through yet. Saturday was a good game, last week I had 120 yards. Every game I'm looking to step up, hey maybe one game I'll get more yards then they've ever expected me to get," Andrews said.

Posted at 10:50pm by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com

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