Sep 28, 2013; Bowling Green, KY, USA; Western Kentucky Hilltoppers running back Antonio Andrews (5) breaks a tackle against Navy Midshipmen safety Chris Ferguson (23) and cornerback Parrish Gaines (2) during the second half at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Western Kentucky won 19-7. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Bobby Petrino wants to keep nation’s leading rusher, Antonio Andrews, fresh late in games

The casual college football fan may not be aware of this, but the current leading rusher in the nation isn’t from a powerful BCS AQ school.

No, the nation’s leading rusher at the moment is Western Kentucky’s Antonio Andrews, who currently has 1,290 yards on the season on a ridiculous 202 carries.

Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino also thinks that those 202 carries are a little ridiculous as he’s recently spoken about lightening the load on Andrews to not only save his energy, but help close out games, something the Hilltoppers have had trouble with this season:

“We felt like in a couple of the games we weren’t successful in the fourth quarter offensively that maybe we weren’t fresh enough with (Andrews),” Petrino said, according to “So we’re trying to keep him fresher going into the fourth quarter.”

“Not that he’s not going to get his touches, not that he’s not going to get a number of carries or catches, but we just feel like if we can give him a series off in the first quarter, a series off in the second quarter, then when we get to the second half and the fourth quarter, he’s going to be fresher,” Petrino added.

It makes sense from a team level, everything Petrino is saying, but you also have to wonder if he’s also looking out for Andrews’ future, especially since a lot of NFL scouts are taking notice of his talents he’s displayed throughout the season.


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