College Football: Dickinson State’s Andrews Jr. thriving 1,500 miles from home


Dickinson State is a whole new experience for Amad Andrews Jr.

“I’ve been in California my whole life, so coming out here is a big change,” Andrews Jr. said.

In more ways than one. Dickinson is a much smaller place than Pasadena, and the weather is definitely different. 

“I got here in about January, and it was like -30 or something like that,” Andrews Jr. said.

And the opportunities on the football field are a lot different for him. At Pasadena City College, he wasn’t always a primary ballcarrier. At DSU, he came in knowing that the starting running back spot was an open one.

“My JUCO coach was telling me about how they were short on running backs, so it would be a good fit for me,” he said. “So I just came in with the mindset to work hard.”

And he did just that to earn the coaches’ trust.

“He’s just been very steady,” head coach Pete Stanton said. “He’s a strong guy, a smart guy, and he knows where to get. He does a good job of finding the seams.”

His JUCO team went just 5-5 last year, and with the Blue Hawks off to a great start, Andrews Jr. thinks  getting out of his comfort zone of California has been a great choice.

“Everyone (here at DSU) wants to win, so that’s a good thing. I like being a part of a team that wants to win,” he said.

Andrews Jr. currently leads the team with 230 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

Dickinson State plays at Dakota State this Saturday at 2 p.m. MT.

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