Paper: All-American tackle will enter NFL draft

12/17/2003 - Arkansas Razorbacks

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said Tuesday that doctors will not clear All-American offensive tackle
Shawn Andrews to play in the Independence Bowl against Missouri on Dec. 31.

"I got word from the doctors that Shawn Andrews will not be able to play," Nutt said. "So I hope they can get all that corrected and get him well."

Andrews has a sinus infection.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported in Wednesday's editions
that Andrews would have been academically ineligible for the game,
anyway, so he withdrew from school and will enter the NFL draft.

Andrews, projected to be a first-round pick, found out Tuesday
that he wouldn't be academically eligible for the bowl. An SEC rule
requires players to pass at least six hours in the fall to be
eligible to compete in a bowl. Andrews told the newspaper that he
wouldn't have passed the necessary hours.

He also said he wants to help care for his mother, who was
injured and can't work.

"I want to take care of my family so I'm going to put my name
in the NFL draft," Andrews told the paper. "It was a tough
decision. I've been thinking about it and praying about it for the
last six months."

Taking his spot on the line is Zac Tubbs, and Nutt has been encouraged with the sophomore's effort.

"He's doing really good, and he's getting in much better shape," Nutt said. "His steps are much better, and he cares."

Freshman Robert Johnson has been filling the role of Mizzou quarterback Brad Smith in practices and giving the Razorbacks a good preview of what's to come, Nutt said.

Overall, Nutt has been pleased with the intensity of this week's practices, including the two-hour workout Tuesday.

"If you watch, it's been very physical and we've had a couple three-hour practices with a lot of hitting and they're pretty sore right now," he said.

The workout Tuesday was highlighted by first-teamers going up against each other. The Razorbacks also worked on their kicking game.