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CWU'S Andrews Named NCC Co-Defensive Player of the Year

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Central Washington University senior free safety Ryan Andrews (Lake Stevens, Wash.) has been named the Co-Defensive Player of the Week in the North Central Conference for this past week, the conference office announced on Monday. Andrews shares this week's award with Tyler Yelk of Minnesota Duluth.

Andrews had a pair of second-half interceptions and forced a pair of fumbles in the Wildcats' 42-28 victory over archrival Western Washington at the Fourth Annual Wells Fargo Battle in Seattle for the Cascade Cup, presented by Comcast, at Qwest Field this past Saturday. He returned one of his interceptions 16 yards, and was also credited with six tackles in the contest - one shy of the team leader in that department. In addition, Andrews had a team-high two tackles for loss, including one sack, from his safety position. On the season, Andrews now leads the Wildcats (5-3, 2-3 NCC) with three forced fumbles and is tied for fourth on the team with 38 total tackles.

He has started all seven games in which he has played in 2006, and leads all active CWU players in career starts with 30 over his four seasons in the Crimson and Black.

Andrews is the third CWU player to earn NCC Player of the Week accolades this season. Linebacker Simon Iniguez was named the NCC Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 2, and punter Coby Sadler was awarded Co-Special Teams Player of the Week laurels on Oct. 9.

Central Washington, which has won its last two games and three of its last four, travels to Sioux Falls, S.D., this week for a first-ever meeting with Augustana College. The Wildcats and Vikings (5-3, 3-3 NCC) are slated for a 7 p.m. CDT (5 p.m. PDT) kickoff.