Tonight’s the night. Western Kentucky’s Antonio Andrews chase toward a treasured NCAA record will end tonight in victory or defeat. Antonio is 273 yards from breaking Barry Sanders’ NCAA single-season record of 3,250 all-purpose yards. Antonio is one monster game from history – and no one even knows his name.
Antonio has been a complete unknown to this year in college football. He was an All-State quarterback out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, but had little offers to the next level at the same position. So Antonio chose to stay close to home at WKU and move positions to a running back. He excelled at special teams and lined up all over the field for WKU as a sophomore, but played running back sparingly behind current Baltimore Raven Bobby Rainey. Expectations were low this year for the new starter, but Antonio never doubted his ability to compete at a high level. In fact, Hilltopper fans have almost forgotten last year’s star Rainey after Antonio’s performances this year.
Running back. Kickoff returner. Punt returner. Ask for anything and Antonio has you covered. He has rushed for 1,609 yards and has 2,977 all-purpose yards going into tonight’s bowl game – more than any other back or wide receiver this season. A big game tonight against Central Michigan and Antonio will cement his place in college football history.
“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity. I knew I had an opportunity to be that guy. I’m taking advantage of it.”