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Andrew Wood

Friendship's all-state lineman --
Citing a childhood desire to become a pilot, Friendship Christian's Andrew Wood has verbally committed to continue his education and football career at the U.S. Naval Academy.

The 6-5, 310 lb. Mr. Football finalist will sign a National Letter in Intent with the Midshipmen in February.

He had narrowed his choices down to Navy, Purdue and Mississippi State.

"I made the decision based on what would be the best thing for me later on down the road -- not just the next four or five years.

"I'm considering engineering and I certainly want to fly -- it's something I've been dreaming about since I was eight years old."

A consensus all-stater in 2013, the big senior moved to offensive guard in 2014 and helped the Commanders rush for 3,813 yards and 46 touchdowns on the way to a 10-2 record and a second round berth in the Division II-A playoffs.

"Andrew is a special young man," said FCS head coach John McNeal. "He's a tremendous football player, but he's also a standout in the classroom and in the community. I'm very proud of the way he's handled the process."

Wood and teammate Austin Taylor are finalists for the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Award. The awards luncheon is Monday, Dec. 1 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro.

Andrew's older brother Kyle is a linebacker at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Contact Tommy Bryan at tbryan@wilsonpost.com

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