“After the Combine, I felt really good about myself and was confident. Right after it, Rivals.com wrote about 20 kids from the Combine and I was one of them; it was amazing. (Making the all-star team) gives me the confidence to push myself.”
Danvers head coach Sean Rogers, who appraised of Andreas’ exploits in the Lone Star State, said he wasn’t surprised given the athleticism and mind for the game that his QB has.
“It’s a testament to how hard Nick works,” said Rogers. “This is a kid who loves football, and loves it 365 days a year. A lot of guys take time off once the season ends and begin training again in the spring, but not Nick.”
Modeled after the NFL Combine that is held each year in Indianapolis for top college prospects, the U.S. Army National Combine featured many of the same measurements, physical tests and drills, such as the 40-yard dash, shuttle, high jump and bench press used to evaluate players.
Andreas was chosen for the Combine after performing well and being seen by scouts and coaches at last summer’s FBU Top Gun Camp in Virginia, again matching up against top talent from around the country. NFL rushing champion Adrian Peterson and New York Jets QB Tim Tebow are among those who have previously taken part in the Top Gun camp.
Knowing that each of the QBs would be heavily scrutinized during the 1-on-1 drills — where a QB would throw to various receivers, backs and tight ends against a defensive player — at the Combine, Andreas make a quick decision that paid off handsomely for him.
“I met a bunch of amazing athletes there from Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, California, Florida, (etc.), and made friends pretty quickly with some of the receivers,” said Andreas. “We actually got in a huddle beforehand and talked about what we wanted to do in the 1-on-1 drills: ‘You run your routes, I’ll hit you with the ball here and we’ll all look great.’ We formed that connection right away and it worked once we got going.”