COLLEGEVILLE - Travis Andrews is experiencing what many collegiate freshmen do as they attempt to make the step up in athletics competition.
The 2012 Phoenixville Area High School graduate is seeing some time with a very good Gettysburg College football team. The Bullets paid a visit to play Ursinus at Patterson Field two weeks ago, and Gettysburg romped to a 48-7 victory over the Bears.
Andrews is seeing some playing time on the kickoff return team as well as a backup slotback wide receiver on offense.
“It is tough as a freshman,” said Andrews. “We have a really good team this year and we are young. We are strong at every position.”
Andrews said it is a major transition simply in terms of numbers. Gettysburg has 110 players on the roster. Phoenixville’s team had 30-some players a year ago but still advanced to the District 1-AAA championship game.
Andrews stays in touch with the current Phoenixville team that is off to a 2-1 start and 1-0 in the Pioneer Athletic Conference following last weekend’s 37-10 victory over Methacton at Washington Field. He is glad to see his former teammates doing well with senior Chris Demey stepping in at the starting quarterback position.
“It is good to be back home and see everybody here,” said Andrews. “There are family and friends and a couple kids from the high school and a couple Ursinus kids.”
Andrews played all over the field for the Phantoms as a running back, receiver, defensive back and kick returner. It is a transition to be more defined at the collegiate level.
“I am used to running the ball,” he said. “Now I catch the ball and block. But I love our offense. It has a fast pace.”
Andrews said he is among group of four freshman wingbacks.
“We should be good for years to come,” he said.
One of Andrews’ teammates is junior wide receiver Patrick McMichael from Methacton.