Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Player profile, Andrew Erenberg
Name: Andrew Erenberg
School: Peters Township
Measurables: Erenberg is listed at 5-10, 200. According to Peters Township coach Rich Piccinini, he's the fastest player on the team in addition to the strongest on the bench and squat.
Last year: Erenberg led all local players with 18 touchdown during the regular season last year. He rushed for 1,031 yards, and he even averaged 35.8 yards per punt.
Scholarship offers: Erenberg enters his senior season with scholarship offers from Kent State and Fordham, where friend and former teammate Austin Hancock is a freshman linebacker.
Duquesne and Dayton have also shown interest, though Erenberg is not in a hurry to make a decision.
" I like Kent a lot. It's a tough process; I'm just kind of focusing on football right now and choosing a college is tough," Erenberg said. "I’m going to make that decision whenever the time is right, probably will be toward end of season but if I wake up one morning and say, 'I want to play for Kent State,' or 'I want to play for Fordham,' then I will. I don’t know when that will be."
Father knows best: Erenberg's father, Rich, was a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1984-86 and amassed more than 1,500 multi-purpose yards during his pro career.
Erenberg was a ninth-round pick out of Colgate.
"He’s been around the game forever. My dad wasn’t real big, he wasn’t real fast but he outworked everyone," Erenberg said. "He had to work hard just to play college football and he ended up playing four years at Colgate. He was fortunate enough to get drafted by the Steelers and the only reason that happened was because he worked hard."
Those hard-working habits are evident in Andrew Erenberg's game.
"Andrew is our workhorse. He’s just a good person," Piccinini said. "He never once put up a resistance. He never said, 'I’m a 1,000-yard rusher and here’s how I did it.' Instead, he was the first guy who shook my hand when I walked into my first meeting."
Multi-sport standout: Erenberg may be a Division-I talent in football, but Peters Township baseball coach Joe maize feels his leadoff hitter is more than capable of landing a scholarship in that sport as well.
Erenberg batted .434 with 28 runs and 20 RBI as a junior, and his played helped Peters Township reach the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game.
Continuing the trend: Peters Township qualified for the Class AAAA playoffs in football for the first time in 2010. The Indians finished 5-5, and they were the only team to hold a lead on PIAA champion North Allegheny during the postseason.
Granted, that lead was 7-0 and North Allegheny went on to win handily, but for a program trying to establish itself, that's a small building block.
The majority of starters from that team are gone, but that hasn't changed any goals.
" Our first goal is to win our first four games, and then we’re going to compete for a section title," Erenberg said. "1975 is way too long. I don’t like seeing that number up there."
Peters Township's last conference championship came in 1975.
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