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  Andrew Quarless

Andrew Quarless

Player Profile

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Uniondale, N.Y.

High School:
Uniondale

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 252

Position:
TE

Experience:
SO

H.S. Coach:
Greg Didio

The size, skills and athleticism Andrew Quarless brings to the field make him a difficult matchup for the opposition. The 6-5 Quarless averaged 14.6 yards on his 14 receptions last season, the highest average among Nittany Lions with at least 10 catches. He made five catches of 20 yards or more. Quarless continues to improve as a blocker and is a noted special teams player. He should have an opportunity to be a contributor on offense and special teams this fall. The former Uniondale HS all-state selection is one of seven returning Nittany Lions from New York.

2007 Sophomore Season
Quarless played in the final 10 games of the season, earning seven starts. He averaged 14.6 yards (205 total) on his 14 receptions, the highest average among players with at least 10 catches. He had five catches of 20 yards or more, with a long of 30 yards against Ohio State to set up a touchdown on Penn State's opening possession. Quarless made two catches for 25 yards against Buffalo, snaring 21 and four-yard touchdown passes from Anthony Morelli. He had at least one catch of 20 yards or more in four consecutive games (Buffalo through Iowa), gaining a season-high 48 yards on three catches against the Hawkeyes. Against Purdue, he made a critical 13-yard catch that set up a Kevin Kelly field goal just before halftime, giving Penn State a 13-10 lead in the 26-19 win. Quarless also made a 22-yard reception in the win at Temple. Quarless was on the field for 652 snaps, led by 80 plays at Michigan State and 74 at Illinois.

2006 Freshman Season
Playing in every game, true freshman Quarless became a reliable and favorite target of Anthony Morelli as the season progressed. He made a season-long catch of 29 yards in each of the last three regular-season games and snared a two-yard touchdown pass from Morelli in the Outback Bowl victory over No. 17 Tennessee. Quarless was fifth on the squad with 21 receptions for 288 yards (13.7 avg.) and two touchdowns, earning first-team Freshman All-Big Ten accolades from The Sporting News. He started nine games, including the last seven, and had the highest average among Nittany Lions with 10 or more receptions. Quarless contributed 16 of his 21 receptions over the last six contests, helping the Lions win five of the games. He also was instrumental in helping Tony Hunt become just the sixth Nittany Lion to twice gain 1,000 yards rushing in a season, finishing second in career rushing with 3,320 yards. Quarless earned his first start at No. 4 Notre Dame in the second week of the season, made his first two career catches against Youngstown State, and added two grabs for 31 yards against Northwestern. He made three receptions for 36 yards at Purdue, including a big 22-yarder during a fourth-quarter touchdown drive in the 12-0 win. Quarless was a bright spot for the Lions at No. 17 Wisconsin, making a season-best five receptions for a team-high 62 yards, including a career-long of 29 yards. His five catches were the most by a Penn State tight end since John Gilmore had five receptions against Northwestern in 2001. Quarless made two catches for 33 yards, including a 29-yard grab, in the Temple game. Against Michigan State, he led the team with a season-high 87 yards on four receptions and snared his first career touchdown on a 17-yard catch and run from Morelli in the second quarter. His 87 receiving yards were the most by a Nittany Lion tight end since Matt Kranchick had 136 yards against Wisconsin in 2003. Quarless equaled his career-long with another 29-yard catch in the third quarter that took the ball to the Michigan State six-yard line and set up the go-ahead touchdown. Quarless was on the field for 583 snaps, led by 79 plays in the shutout win at Purdue.

High School
Quarless earned second-team all-state and first-team all-county accolades during his senior season at Uniondale HS. Playing for Coach Greg Didio, Quarless gained more than 1,200 all-purpose yards as a senior, including 600 receiving yards and 325 rushing yards, with nine touchdowns. He made 39 catches for 843 yards and six touchdowns as a junior, recording 50 tackles and 16 sacks. The first-team all-borough selection was rated the No. 11 tight end prospect in the nation by Scout.com.

Personal
Full name is Andrew C. Quarless. He is enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies. Born October 6, 1988.



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