Getting To Know: Andrew Quarless

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Packers Talk Radio Network continues its Player Profile Series for our sponsor Mayfield Sports Marketing with a look at Packers tight end Andrew Quarless.

Andrew Quarless was born on October 6, 1988, in Brooklyn, New York. Quarless first attended Holy Trinity High School in Long Island before transferring to Uniondale High School his junior year, where he broke out as a local football star.

He made a big impact at Uniondale in just two short years. Quarless recorded thirty-nine catches for eight hundred and forty-three yards and six touchdowns as a junior. He earned second team all-state and first team all-county honors his senior year after totalling six hundred receiving yards, three hundred and twenty-five rushing yards and recording nine touchdowns.

Uniondale has bred a handful of New York politicians, actors, actresses, and the rapper Busta Rhymes. But despite all the noteworthy alumni, after the Packers won the Super Bowl in 2010, school administrators invited Quarless back to rename Uniondale Ave “Andrew Quarless Way.”

Quarless graduated high school and attended Penn State to play tight end for Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions. Quarless contributed right away, earning All-Big Ten honors as a freshman after playing in thirteen games, catching twenty-one passes for two hundred and eighty-eight yards and two touchdowns. Many Packers fans will remember the game against Wisconsin when Deandre Levy made a play at the sideline that broke Joe Paterno’s leg. The Penn State player that Levy tackled into Paterno? Andrew Quarless.

Despite a minor setback his sophomore season –he was suspended for two games for violating team rules– Quarless thrived at Penn State and ended his collegiate career as the school’s all-time leader in receptions. He made an impact off the field as well, working with Habitat for Humanity and volunteering for the Special Olympics all while majoring in telecommunications – graduating with a degree in 2009.

Quarless caught a Penn State bowl-record eight receptions in the Capital One Bowl, on New Years Day, against LSU. He also caught the game winning touchdown in the final seconds of the East-West Shrine Game – the last play of his college career.

After graduating from Penn State, Quarless entered the NFL Draft and was taken with the 154th overall selection by the Green Bay Packers.

Quarless was a healthy scratch for Week One and Week Two of the 2010 season, but was forced to play a major role in the Packers offense after starting tight end, Jermichael Finley, suffered an injury against the Washington Redskins. He played in thirteen games as a rookie, plus four more in the postseason as the Packers went on to win the Super Bowl, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 at Cowboys Stadium.

The Packers started the next season on a tear, flirting with perfection ’til stumbling in Week 15 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Quarless Appeared in ten of those contests, starting two, before suffering a knee injury against the Giants on December 4th, 2011.

The Packers placed Quarless on the IR three days later.

In 2012, Quarless missed all of the Packers mini-camps, OTAs, and training camp to rehabilitate his knee. He started the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. The Packers saw enough progress by November to activate him on November 7th, but after three weeks of practice and continued soreness, the Packers placed him on IR again, shelving him for the season.

All told, Andrew Quarless has played in twenty-three games as a Green Bay Packer, catching twenty-four passes for two hundred and seventy four yards and one touchdown. With training camp a few weeks away, it’s worth noting that before his injury against the Giants in 2011, Quarless was used a lot in McCarthy’s two TE set as a blocking fullback.

Despite recently losing Johnathan Franklin, the Packers running back room remains crowded. Packers fans are well aware that coach McCarthy loves keeping “tight end bodies” on his roster. If tough decisions have to be made when the final roster is set, look at Quarless’ camp performance to be a strong indicator to which direction the coaches are leaning.

A strong, versatile, run-blocking tight end –what a healthy Quarless promises to be– definitely has a home in this new Packers offense featuring Eddie Lacy.

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Richard Chang invented the dirty chai latte (not a joke). Writer. Podcaster. Founder of DicksFavorite.com. and co-host of Out of the Pocket on Packers Talk Radio Network. #GoPack!

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