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01/04/18 - Oklahoma teammates Mark Andrews and Orlando Brown will enter the NFL draft. Andrews, a tight end, made his announcement on Twitter on Thursday. The redshirt junior won the Mackey Award as the nation's best tight end this season. The three-time All-Big 12 selection finished this year with 62 passes for 958 yards and eight touchdowns. He is projected to be selected in the first two rounds. "I will miss my teammates, coaches, and friends on campus, but I am excited for this next step," Andrews said in the statement. - AP College Football
12/30/17 - New England Patriots star Rob Gronknowski is the new measuring stick for tight ends, and Oklahoma's Mark Andrews gets the comparison from someone qualified to offer it. Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops recruited and coached Gronkowski when he was the head coach at Arizona. In the 6-foot-5 and 254-pound junior Andrews, Stoops sees plenty of similarities to Gronkowski in practice everyday. "Gronk is probably an inch taller. Maybe a little more length," Stoops said at Rose Bowl media day on Saturday. "But their ability to run routes and get open are what's unique about those guys."
Andrews has 58 receptions for 906 yards and eight touchdowns this season, leading Oklahoma in catches and touchdown catches. He leads all FBS tight ends in yards receiving, ranks second in receptions and is tied for third in touchdown receptions. Andrews has to improve as an in-line blocker to match Gronkowski, Stoops said. That isn't as big of a problem in college, as Andrews frequently lines up in the slot. But it is Andrews' receiving skills that will be enticing to an NFL team looking for the next Gronk. "Mark can do whatever he wants on the football field," Stoops said. "Create matchups, that's what Mark is going to be able to do at the next level." - AP College Football
12/19/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE Mark Andrews, Oklahoma Jr. Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain,...A repeat member of the first team, Andrews leads the nation's tight ends with his 848 receiving yards this season, while ranking second with 16.6 yards per catch, third with 51 receptions and ninth with six touchdown receptions. OU's all-time leader in receiving yards by a tight end (1,655), Andrews' 51 receptions this season are third all-time among Sooners who played the position. - Oklahoma Football
12/07/17 - 2017 JOHN MACKEY AWARD WINNER: A unanimous All-Big 12 First Team honoree, Andrews leads the nation's tight ends with his 906 receiving yards and receiving yards per game (69.7), and is second in yards per catch (15.6), third in receptions (58) and sixth in touchdown receptions (eight). He leads the Sooners in receptions with his 58 catches, the third-highest total ever by an OU tight end and the 22nd-highest mark overall, and eight touchdown receptions. "It's an incredible honor to receive this award, especially at a place like the University of Oklahoma where there have been a ton of great tight ends like Keith Jackson, Trent Smith and Jermaine Gresham just to name a few," said Andrews. "Just being mentioned for this award is a blessing, but to actually win it means so much to me. So many people at OU have helped me along the way and I couldn't be more thankful to all of them." - Oklahoma Football
10/16/17 - Mark Andrews doesn't make sense. At 6-foot-5 and 254 pounds, Oklahoma's tight end looks the part of a red zone target, and he has been great in that role for quarterback Baker Mayfield. But he also can break a defense down the field. He scored from 59 yards out in the fourth quarter to help the Sooners beat Texas 29-24 last Saturday. The junior is No. 9 Oklahoma's leader with 23 catches and 459 yards heading into Saturday's game at Kansas State. Perhaps the most impressive statistic for someone so big is his 20 yards per reception, best in the nation among tight ends. "A guy who's that big shouldn't be able to run that fast," Mayfield said. "Teams have to be able to pick and choose who they want to cover him. They put a little guy who can run with him, he's just much bigger and will body him up. Then you put a bigger guy who might match up his size, he can outrun him. It poses trouble for them."
The two-time All-Big 12 selection has scored on 17 of his 73 career receptions. He had a 61-yard scoring grab as a freshman against Tulsa and had a 64-yard touchdown catch last season against Houston. He appears to have the tools of an NFL tight end. "He's got a good skill set for it, there's no doubt," Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. "I think as he continues to develop - we used him quite a bit the other day as an end-line blocker - as he continues to develop those different skills, it's going to get even better." Andrews had four catches for 76 yards against Tulane. Receivers coach Cale Gundy saw growth in other areas that day. "Where I see him getting better is he's being a bit more physical," Gundy said. "People think he's one of the better tight ends around and he needs to play like it. I saw some subtle things with his demeanor and how he approached the game. He's an older guy. What you want to see is people improve from year to year. He works really hard." - AP College Football