After hearing 253 different names called at the 2017 NFL Draft. Former Oregon State lineman Gavin Andrews is getting his opportunity in the NFL despite going undrafted. Syracuse.com beat reporter, Matthew Fairburn, tweeted that Andrews will be attending the Bills’ upcoming rookie camp.
Oregon State OL Gavin Andrews will be attending Buffalo Bills rookie camp, per source. Played four of the five OL positions for the Beavers.— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) May 2, 2017
While this is an astounding chance to play in the NFL, Gavin Andrews’ path to making it to the Bills rookie camp was no walk in the park, as he overcame plenty of adversity to get there.
Andrews’ career with the Beavers began during his freshman year at Oregon State University in 2012, where he was primarily on special teams; he was one of five true freshmen on the team who accumulated any playing time. After a successful freshman year, the coaching staff had high expectations for Andrews, as they anticipated him to be their starting right tackle. Unfortunately, Andrews got diagnosed with mono during the concluding week of fall camp, causing him to miss the first quarter of the 2013 season, and forfeit his starting job. Andrews spent the remainder of the season predominantly on special teams during his return to football that season.
After overcoming disease, Andrews faced another hurdle in his football career during his junior year: injury. After finally becoming a starter for the Beavers, Andrews suffered an ankle injury during a double-overtime loss to the Utah University Utes on October 16th, 2014. The injury kept him out for two games, but he was able to finish the season.
While his junior year injury was minute, Andrews suffered his most devastating injury of his career during the 2015 spring game; a season ending leg injury. The injury forced The Carmichael California native to use his redshirt season and play a fifth year of college football. Andrews’ redshirt senior season of his football was his best, as he started all 12 games for the first time in his career, as well as be a part of Oregon States’ best rushing average team of all time. With a prosperous redshirt senior season, Andrews got selected to play in the East-West Shrine game, an annual all-star game for college football players.
In order to make it to the NFL, all it takes is one out of the 32 franchises to roll the dice with a player, and have him prove he is an asset to their team. Although it will be an uphill battle for Andrews to make it on a line that includes pro bowler, Richie Incognito, and five-year veteran, Jordan Mills, The persistent Gavin Andrews has proven that he is up for the task and to achieve his dream of being a NFL lineman.