Bridges played in 12 of 13 games during the season... Earned starting assignments at right tackle in the first nine games, then returned in reserve role for season-ending wins vs. Tennessee, Wake Forest and North Carolina State... Also played sparingly at TE in short-yardage situations... Was on the field for majority of offensive snaps in first eight games... Displaying excellent mobility and techique as pass blocker.
Bridges became a valuable contributor on the offensive front as the season endured... Concluded as a quality starter at left tackle, allowing opening-game starter Wesley Johnson the ability to move to center when injuries thinned depth.. Played in nine games, earning starts against Kentucky, Tennessee, Wake Forest and Cincinnati... Earned solid blocking grades from offensive coaches, helping unit average 35.3 points and more than 400 yards in final three regular season games.
Bridges did not play as a true freshman, using the year to concentrate on adding strength and bulk in the weight room... Worked as offensive tackle on scout units during fall practices.
High School Senior captain for Atlanta private power... Voted team's postseason MVP for Wildcats... Two-way starter as senior, helping Wildcats to 9-4 record and second round of AA playoffs... As senior DE, contributed 45 total tackles, five QB sacks and four forced fumbles... Posted 43 pancake blocks as starting OT... Earned first team AA All-State DL by Atlanta Journal-Constitution and All-State OL by AP writers... Started at DE and TE as junior, helping squad to 11-2 record and state playoffs... Threw discus in track; earned basketball letters... AP Scholar Award winner, National Honor Society member... In May, named recipient of Character Award from Sports Champions of Greater Atlanta.
Personal Andrew Russell Bridges... Son of William and Lisa Bridges... Born April 24, 1992 in Atlanta... Has two brothers, William and Joe... Entire immediate family, including four grandparents, reside in Atlanta... Dad, who played football at Virginia, owns Cadillac and Buick GMC dealerships... Three relatives, including grandmother, have graduated from Vanderbilt; a cousin is enrolled... Involved in school's FCA activities... Plays the guitar.