Honors and Awards
- Academic All-Big Ten (2011)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2010)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2011)
Andrew Rodriguez was a key part of Nebraska’s offensive success in 2012, after making the switch from guard to tackle before his junior season. This fall, the 6-6, 330-pound Rodriguez is one of five seniors with extensive playing experience who should form the nucleus of a powerful offensive line.
Rodriguez and fellow seniors Brent Qvale and Jeremiah Sirles will be the front-runners to earn the starting tackle spots. Last season, the threesome helped Nebraska average better than 250 rushing yards per game and lead the Big Ten in both rushing offense and total offense. Rodriguez was a starter at guard during an injury-plagued 2011 season, and has the size and mobility to play either tackle or guard.
Rodriguez played in every game with a start at Northwestern, and was the third tackle in the regular rotation along with fellow juniors Jeremiah Sirles and Brent Qvale. Rodriguez typically spelled Sirles on the right side, allowing Sirles to swing to both tackle spots. The line helped sophomore I-back Ameer Abdullah rush for 1,137 yards, while quarterback Taylor Martinez accounted for 3,890 yards of total offense, including 1,019 rushing yards.
Rodriguez started the first two contests and five straight games at mid-season, before an injury sidelined him in early November. Rodriguez helped Nebraska rush for 217.2 yards per game, including 200 or more yards on the ground seven times.
The Husker offensive line helped I-back Rex Burkhead rush for 1,357 yards and score 17 touchdowns to earn All-Big Ten honors. Rodriguez was part of two 300-yard rushing outings for the offense, including 333 yards at Wyoming and a season-high 346 yards at Minnesota.
Off the field, Rodriguez earned academic All-Big Ten honors.
Rodriguez saw game action in his first available opportunity when he played in the season opener against Western Kentucky, and he went on to play in a total of five games as a reserve guard.
Before Nebraska (Aurora HS)
As a senior, Rodriguez's physical presence on both lines helped Aurora and Coach Randy Huebert to a perfect 13-0 record. Offensively, Rodriguez paved the way for a powerful offense that averaged nearly 40 points a game, and defensively he made 38 tackles for the Huskies.
Rodriguez was a first-team All-Nebraska selection by the Omaha World-Herald as an offensive lineman, while the Lincoln Journal Star made him a first-team Super-State pick as a defensive lineman. Rodriguez was also honored on the national level, being selected to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-America Game in San Antonio in January.
Rodriguez also excelled as a junior in 2008, helping the Huskies to a 12-1 record and a Class B state title. He was a second-team Super-State selection as a junior after first playing with the Husky varsity in 2007, when Aurora reached the state quarterfinals. Rodriguez was ranked as the top prospect in Nebraska by Rivals.com, which also listed him among the nation's top 25 offensive tackles and top 250 overall prospects. SuperPrep also recognized him as the state's No. 1 player, among the top 10 offensive linemen in the country and the No. 11 player in the Midlands region, while Scout.com listed him as the nation's No. 105 overall prospect and among the top 15 offensive tackles.
Rodriguez also played basketball for Aurora and excelled in track. As a senior, Rodriguez finished second in Class B in the shot put and third in the discus. As a junior, he finished third in the shot put and was seventh in the discus.
Andrew was born to Myrna Castellar in Harlem, and lived in New York until 2003. He moved to Nebraska where he lived with guardians Eric and Nicole Collazo. Andrew was born on May 15, 1991. He is majoring in sociology and was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll each of his first two semesters. Rodriguez has volunteered his time with Husker Heroes, the YMCA and hospital outreach activities.
Rodriguez's Career Statistics
» Games Played - 26 (5 in 2010; 8 in 2011, 14 in 2012)
» Games Started - 8 (7 in 2011, 1 in 2012)