There wasn’t much fanfare when Nate Andrews verbally committed to Florida State a few weeks before National Signing Day in January. After all, the three-star athlete wasn’t a household name, and come late January, that’s exactly what fan bases are looking for.
Flash forward just 10 months, and Andrews is becoming just that — a household name.
The Alabama native has been a revelation for the Seminoles, filling in for injured players and earning more playing time with his outstanding performance. First, safety Tyler Hunter was lost for the season with a neck injury, and then recently, fellow safety Terrence Brooks sustained a concussion. As a result of both injuries, Andrews has been forced into early action and has played like a veteran.
In Saturday’s 59-3 victory over Wake Forest, Andrews intercepted two passes, including one he returned 56 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter. Then, on the next offensive play, he caused a fumble that was also returned for a touchdown by Jalen Ramsey. Not bad for his first start.
To date, Andrews leads the talented Noles secondary in interceptions with four. He got his first pick late in the game at Boston College to seal a hard-fought road victory, and then put the Miami game away a week ago when he intercepted Stephen Morris on a throw down the middle.
Not much was expected from Andrews at the beginning of the season, but he earned his way into nickel-and-dime packages with a solid preseason camp. He might not have been a known commodity in many recruiting circles, but Andrews is becoming a force for Florida State as a true freshman.