Only a freshman at Danvers High, Andreas doesn’t play football like someone that young. It’s expected that he will make a contribution on the varsity team this fall (where his older brother Nick Andreas, a junior, is the Falcons’ starting quarterback).
He certainly made his mark at the All-Madden Mini-Camp at IMG a couple months ago. Playing primarily with high school upperclassmen, Andreas earned one of 25 spots on the “All-Madden Team”, being chosen for the offense as an athlete.
“I was stunned,” Andreas said about the award. “I was speechless. I was so happy; it was just incredible.”
The camp was invitation only and lasted for three days. During that time the players had classroom sessions that lasted about an hour, then headed to the field for positional drills before playing 7-on-7. Lineman were added toward the end of camp, according to Andreas.
Playing against older, more seasoned players improved the overall experience for Andreas.
“It was hard, but it just helps me get better competing with older people,” Andreas said. “I thought I did pretty well. The coaches seemed to really like me. Chris Weinke and (former NFL QB) Vinny Testaverde were there, and it was great to learn from them. Both seemed to like me and I was hoping that I was on the team, but I wasn’t sure. I was very, very pleased to find out I was.”
IMG Academy is a school that combines elite instruction both in the classroom and in athletics. Andreas has now been to four camps at IMG and has loved the experience.
“The first time I went was in sixth grade,” Andreas said. “My dad found them on the internet and I found it was one of the best (football) camps and one of the best experiences I’ve had.”