"Up Close" with Andy Czuprynski
Making one of the biggest position changes this past spring, redshirt-sophomore Andy Czuprynski has found a place on the Florida Atlantic offensive line after moving from defensive tackle. Redshirting his first year on-campus and traveling to the Motor City Bowl, Czuprynski played in 11 games last season and managed 11 tackles and a forced fumble in the defensive line rotation. With the Owls losing all five offensive line starters for the upcoming 2010 season, bodies were needed for the inexperienced unit and Czuprynski made the switch.
Impressing right away in spring practice, Czuprynski instantly made a name for himself on the offensive side of the ball. Set to start at the left guard position in fall camp, he looks poised for a big year with his new unit to create holes for the FAU running game.
Playing defensive line while at Venice High School, Czuprynski had 76 tackles and 6.5 sacks his senior season en route to a district title with his team. Participating in weightlifting and track as well, he was first in the county in shot put.
Enjoying fishing, Czuprynski says he likes to spearfish in his free time away from football.
Czuprynski recently sat down with us for “Up Close”.
What is your favorite food?
“Steak and potatoes.”
What is your pet peeve?
“When someone is slurping on a straw.”
Who is your current off the field role model?
“My brother, he’s always been there for me.”
What are you most proud of?
“Making it D-1 and having a scholarship.”
What is your major?
“Criminology and Sociology. Hopefully I can join the FBI.”
What is your Faith?
Line of scrimmage
What aspect of your game do you feel is your strength?
“Probably my pass blocking."
What aspect of your game do you feel is your weakness?
“Just to learn all the plays because I just switched over. It’s hard and tough. ”
Down the field
Besides football, what brought you to FAU?
“My high school is really close to the beach and this is really close to the beach, but not on the west coast. So it’s kind of like home.”
What are your goals for the upcoming season?
“I want to start. We got to win every game.”
What game are you looking forward to the most next season?
“USF. I got some friends that go there, and they always talk trash.”
What do you want FAU fans to know about you personally?
“I like fishing and spearfishing. I listen to every kind of music.”
Coming up, our next player says he has never really had an idol.
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