Andrew Billings- NT/DT Baylor

 6' 3/8", 311, 33" Arm, 31 Reps! 

(PD 4.96), 27.5" Vert, 9'5" Br,

4.77 SS, 7.77 3-Cone,

The Baylor Three: Part II. 

By TOM

Billings is the opposite of Oakman in many ways. He is a freak, but it isn't so apparent. Once Oakman walks into a room you can see that he is an athletic marvel. Billings is short for an NFL D-linemen, and a little frumpy in his uniform. But he is a freak. He translates his freakish weight room strength onto the field with freakish power. He is a guy who is so strong in the weight room that he had a legit shot at breaking the all time Squatting record. And as I always say, Squatting strength is one of my secret measurements that I think translates to steals. No exercise translates directly to the football field, and sports, better than squatting. 

Billings looks small on the line a lot, for a nose tackle. But he plays with more pure power, from his squat-strengthen legs than anyone else in this Draft. I'm not talking about double teams, I'm talking about triple teams. I have never seen a guy power backwards all three interior O-linemen while they are tripling him. The power in his legs is astounding.

Now, he will have to end his quest to be the all time power squatter in the NFL. He has to train for football, and sustaining himself on the field. Squatting a 1,000-pounds is pushing it even for me. It has to end in sore knees. At some point all exercises become a negative, epically as you get older. To me, while squatting is the best exercise for football, squatting over a 1,000-pounds just gets dangerous.

3-4 teams want their Nose Tackles to occupy blockers. Nobody in this Draft occupies blockers better than Billings. He beats triple teams with his legs. So not only is he occupying three blockers that can't then block his teammates, he beats them and makes plays, and gets pressure on the QB.

Overview: Powerful All-American defensive lineman, 2015 Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of Year and Defensive Lineman of Year... 2016 NFL Scouting Combine participant... Key cog in leading Baylor to most successful three-year span in school history: including two conference championships (2013 & 2014 Big 12 titles), 32 wins (17-2 home mark) and Russell Athletic Bowl win... Two-time All-Big 12 honoree and semifinalist for 2015 Bednarik Award... Left school ranked ninth all-time in career TFL (30)... Totaled 106 tackles (75 solo), 30 tackles for loss (-112 yards), 7.5 sacks (-57 yards) and 15 QB hurries in 36 games in three-year career... Recorded tackle in 35 of 36 career games played... Named "College Football's Strongest Player" by NFL.com... Local phenom from Waco High School, former national top 200 recruit... Incredibly strong and compact, former record-breaking weightlifter, broke 22-year-old Texas prep state meet record with 2,010-pound effort (805 squat, 500 bench, 705 dead lift) in 2012 -- previous record was held by Mark Henry... Recorded 690-pound squat, 400-pound clean lift... Vertical jump measured at 32-inches even, broad jump at nine feet, two inches... Timed at 4.94 in 40-yard dash.

He has great quick and powerful hands. They are not only heavy, but they are so fast. He gets his hands up and into blockers shirts as quick as anyone in this Draft. One thing about Nose Tackles is that they are becoming less and less important. That is why I did the TCU Tape, because TCU barely ran, and he was passrushing all game. 

He just keeps consistently playing with unblockable power. No one in this draft plays with more leverage, while constantly keeping their feet and hands moving and attacking. He has great short stepping feet that are constantly moving and digging and powering bigger linemen and double and triple teams backwards. He is a 3-4 DC's dream nose tackle.

Billings was a pure Nose tackle in 2015. He took on the Center and guards all game long. He was blocked by more O-linemen than any other player in this Draft. He is such a natural two-gapper that 3-4 teams have to be drooling over his potential as a Nose Tackle. He plays so low with amazing strength and leverage. He had a terrific 2015 season:

2015 (Junior)Earned All-America honors and named Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of Year and Defensive Lineman of Year as junior... Named Bednarik Award semi-finalist... Starting nose tackle in 12 of 13 games (missed game due to injury)... Ranked fifth in Big 12 with 1.17 tackles for loss per game and tied for 11th with 0.46 sacks per game... Ranked in eighth-place tie on school's single-season TFL chart with 15... Totaled 40 tackles (32 solo), 15 TFL (-66 yards), 5.5 sacks (-40 yards), three hurries and one forced fumble on season... Named first-team All-American by Associated Press, ESPN, Athlon and SportsOnEarth (second-team by FWAA, Sporting News, USA Today, CBS Sports, Phil Steele)... Named Big 12 Defensive Player of Year by league coaches (co), Athlon and 247Sports and Defensive Lineman of Year by coaches... Earned unanimous first-team All-Big 12 honors... Named "CFB's Strongest Player" by NFL.com... Had two TFLs (seven yards) in season-opening win over SMU... Made five solo stops, including two for loss of three yards, in win over Lamar in second game... Forced fumble and had four unassisted tackles, one for loss, in win over Rice in third game... Made career-high three TFLs (10 yards, including three-yard sack) on season-high six tackles before leaving with ankle injury (in third quarter) in win over West Virginia in sixth game... Named Bednarik Award Player of Week following WVU game... Did not play in seventh game while rehabbing... Saw limited action in return to field in eighth game at K-State, but recorded no stats... Had five tackles (one for loss of four yards) and assisted sack vs. No. 12 Oklahoma in ninth game... Totaled career-high two sacks (-17 yards) and three total tackles in win at No. 4 Oklahoma State in 10th game... Earned Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of Week honors following performance in OSU win... Made eight-yard sack and had three total stops vs. No. 15 TCU in 11th game... Had five tackles, including nine-yard sack, vs. Texas in 12th game... Made two stops in win over No. 10 North Carolina in Russell Athletic Bowl.

He has an amazingly powerful move that he uses inside, where he clubbed the shoulder of the OC and shoved him into the dirt by pulling his shirt. Then he broke free and sacked the QB. That was as incredible a move as I have seen a 300-pound nose tackle make. He was lined up in a 3-man front and clubbed the OC into the dirt and then threw the QB into the dirt to force the punt. 

This guys has a reputation of being maybe the strongest guy in the FBS. He is a weight room monster who can play football. Plays like a NT inside. He can look and play tough, and then jack the OG 7-yards back into the QB with amazing power. He had 11.5 TFL in 2014. Plays NT in odd fronts. Plays mostly 3-tech in even fronts. Shows impressive speed chasing the QB outside. This guy is a total freak who has the strongest legs in the FBS. Consistently doubled, and gets blocked from behind. Struggles on reads sometimes. He looks like a guy who might need it simple. When he sees it, he can toss the OC off and get to the ball fast. He uses his hands and feet very well moving laterally down the line.

OK: He gets such great push up the middle. When the QB has to hold onto the ball, he pushes the pocket back into him, and can shed and get the sack when the QB takes off. Looks like he finally put it together half way through the season. He had a bad ankle, and once it was healed he started playing to his ranking. He just keeps moving up field, on run downs and passing downs, and through a ton of double teams.

TCU: Amazing quickness off the snap. Against TCU he shoved the double team block of the ORG and OC into the OLG, where he was tripled by three O-linemen and ended up in a turnover. Those guys always go in the 1st. Baylor kept going with a three man rush, and he kept getting pressure right up the middle through multiple blockers. He has made himself into a nightmare. Billings kept powering the triple team of all three interior linemen backwards in the 3rd quarter. He grabbed the OC by the shoulders and rolled him to the ground into the OLG, and they both went down. That is the most amazing rush I have ever seen by an interior linemen (4th quarter 10:00 to go). and broke towards the QB. Amazing power in his hands. He keeps powering the tripling team backwards. He came up with a limp against TCU and stayed in the game. He can get outside the tackle, and chase down the RB on a toss outside.

UNC: He does a have a lightning blast off where he is by the OC in a flash. He doesn't use it a lot, he is more of a two gapper in the middle. When he gets the outside shoulder of the OC, and isn’t doubled, he flashes into the QB in a flash. When he gets the shoulder of the OC, he can rip past the double team as low as a fire hydrate. Great quick feet looping outside on a stunt. He plays so low to the ground that it is hard to chop him. It is amazing how he can bend an OG backwards with one hand, while holding off the double with the other. It is amazing how he gets pressure up the middle against the triple team. Dived to the ground a lot against UNC for some reason. He has a nice spin move to burst himself out of the double team.

Previously Released:

Billings is a very unique prospect. So you could see him drop. Many NFL scouts have shot Billings up over Oakman. "His one glaring problem is going to be his height, that will limit him a little," a scout said. "But he's very powerful, very strong and the thing that does help him is that being shorter, he's got a lower center of gravity, so it's harder for linemen to move him." Billings is a mini Hulk. He is the most power inside guy in this Draft. 

He has a great motor and is the workout warrior in this Draft. But he is short, and might have short arms. He played offense in High School. He dominated everyone they put in front of him, and garnered an astounding 266 pancake blocks. 
He was a two way player in high school, and was used as a 3rd down rusher in the middle of the line. "Most kids, they might split a double team once a game," his high school coach Marty Herbst said. "He did it down after down. If he was going against the center, that center was gonna go backwards, whether he wanted to or not." He did that all season at Baylor as well. I never saw a guy who could consistently pushed the double team back like this guy.

His combination a leverage and power was legendary at Baylor. "Billings is a big, athletic defensive tackle with exceptional size and physical skills," Bucky Brooks said. "Measuring 6-foot-1, 310 pounds, he exhibits extraordinary strength, power and agility for a big man. Billings routinely knocks back blockers with powerful punches at the point of attack. He routinely uses a 'butt-and-jerk' or bull rush maneuver to knock blockers on their heels before quickly disengaging to pursue the ball carrier in the backfield." To me his arm length could determine how high he goes.

He is already being compared to Aaron Donald. "For me, it's Billings," an NFL exec said. "Worst case is he's a solid, disruptive starter. Best case, he's an Aaron Donald-type game-plan wrecker." He was so powerful pushing back the pocket that Baylor started rushing two guys when teams were behind at the end of game, just Billings and Oakman.

Billings Vs TCU:

This tape might be more for Billings. I watched this game and thought Billings was spectacular. There are some plays missing from this Tape. It seemed Oakman and Billings were rushing by themselves the whole 2nd half of the game. Billings was incredible. After rewatching the Tape he was not as inhuman as I remembered. But he was still incredible, and looked like an easy 1st round lock. This wasn't Oakman's best game of the season. But he played tough in the run and rush, and was consistently doubled as well.

Oakman is the Blindside DE. He gets up field, then he uses his long arms and freakish strength to just dismiss the OLT. This was an example of a large part of his problem this season. He was in a more read and react system. So he was coached to stack and shed, which slows his rush. He blasts off the snap, and watch how quickly he gets his hands up. With his spider arms extended, the OLT can't grab his shirt. But he has to slow a little to read the play. Then he uses his quick hands to slap his arms down. And the second slap to separate from the OLT completely, and he has a lane to the QB. That is an elite rush for a 5-Tech. The play turns into a Draw, and you have to watch Oakman chase the ultra quick scatback downfield, on the other side of the LOS to make the tackle. That is a great play (:01). This is what Billing just seems to do so naturally. He stacks the OG up with his hands. Reads the play. Then tosses the ORG aside the instant he reads it. Watch the sudden push-pull with his hands as he shed the OG and charges into the backfield. But the quick RB Green is just able to move laterally enough to sneak past him. 

Billings lines up at DT and tries to Rip to the QB, but was on the wrong side of the line for that move. Oakman rushes like he is playing contain. He is more interested in stopping Boykin from running. But again, watch the club and Rip he uses to slash inside at will (:12). Oakman just heads up field and pushes the OLT back towards the RB as he tries to see if he has the ball (:27). Here is where it starts. He gets a straight two on one double team. The OC isn't even looking at anyone else, as he and the ORG double Billings. But Billings is still able to push off the ORG as he slides laterally and then gets to the other shoulder of the OC, and tries to Rip forward. An NFL DC would see that play, and start blitzing ILBs past the OC.

Billing wins with his initial burst there. He powers past the ORG and into the OC. Watch the power as he pops the OC backwards over and over. Then he uses his hands to shed, as the QB takes off, and chases him down field. Oakman again is unblockable. He gets a shoulder grab in, and then combos a Rip past the OLT. He flushes Boykin who is caught in Billings trap (:39). Watch the quick hands and burst of Billings as he jams off one blocker and grabs the second (1:01). You see Oakman in here at 4-Tech, like a 3-4 D-End. He burst off the snap, lower than the OG. But look at his head. He is watching the RB and slanting with the O-line outside. It is a play action, but if it wasn't he had the OLG controlled, and the RB in his sights. 

Here they are in their more customary position as NT and Blindside 5-Tech. Oakman has been miscast as an inside guy, because of his immense size, but height doesn't always help you inside. Length and long arms helps you on the edge. Watch him attack the OLT's arms with a double slap, and then dip and power rip right through him. You are starting to see why I classify him as an unclassifiable Edgerusher (1:09). Billings is also starting to show the phenomenal strength he has garnered in his legs from all the squatting. Both these guys are freaks and hard to quantify. But you also are starting to see how they are really a two man rush, going against three or four O-linemen on almost every down. Oakman got the rush that forced Boykin to throw early, and caused the bad throw. But watch Billings inside. He lines up on the center, and blast off into the double team. They clamp down on him and appears to stop him. But watch the little swim move over the OC, and suddenly he is powering both guys back. he pushes the OC and ORG back over five yards with the incredible power in his legs.

This is just incredible. After watch the amazing power in Billings rush, the TCU coaches decide to double outside. So Billings uses his powerful hands to almost pull the OC to the ground. That is one of the best passrush moves by a NT I have ever seen. Meanwhile watch the power move Oakman uses with his legs, and then benches the OLT almost off his feet. Then he goes low and is in complete control. He has the QB dead rights, and alls Boykin can do is dive to the ground to avoid him, but look who jumps on top of the QB (1:24). That is really a sack by Oakman that Billings probably got credit for. Watch Oakman's blast off, and then the hands come up. He pushes the OLT's shoulders up so he is higher up than Oakman's 6-7 frame. The rush is really done right there. Then watch the OLT's head snap down, and Oakman pulls him down and himself past his shoulder. He completely controlled the OLT's body with that powerful push-pull (1:34). But even as impressive as that was, I was astounded when I watched this game live (I actually may have stood up and cheered when I watch this game on TV, but that would be too geeky even for me). He does not just used pure brute force to split and power the double team block of two bigger guys straight back at the QB. He explodes off the snap, and with a simple one handed shoulder club, he is gone. See-ya, wouldn't want to be-ya. I not sure you can call that finesse? But if you could, no other nose tackle in this Draft plays with that power, and make you miss quickness/power. Then all Boykin can do is a panic-pirouette, that forces himself to fall down.

Okay, no big deal. TCU just runs away from Billings and Oakman. Nothing to see here. Oops, was that Oakman who just made the tackle on an off tackle run to the other side? And also, did you see that swim move by Billings that dissolved the double team? Maybe this was their best game, but they are the two most underrated prospects in this Draft (1:52). The play starts off with Billings body ahead of Oakman's on the blast off, but Oakman's long reach ahead of Billings (2:02). The other DL-guy makes the play on this play, and it might have been his only one. But watch Billings toss the OC aside again. While Oakman gets trapped inside as he was fooled by the play action to the RB. But watch the agility as he breaks back outside, and then spins back inside, but it was into the double team.

Billings gets trapped by the double and spins out too late. While Oakman tries to run past the OLT, and throws him to the ground too late (2:25). TCU runs away from Billings and Oakman for a couple of plays. Billings uses his arms to keep the interior guys off his legs, as there is a pileup in front of him. But he just can't get around the traffic caused by the accident (3:01). But watch the agile Oakman. Please note this is a 6-7 work out warrior. He heads up field, and extends his arms like he is wont to do. The OLT tries to cut him. Watch his hands grab the the OLT's head and slam it to the ground, as he leaps over him like a deer. Then he regains his feet and slams into Boykin like he is Bambi, and Oakman is Godzilla.

Then Oakman just uses pure speed and burst to reach the corner, but slips as he is turning. Watch Billings. You are starting to see the double team turn into triple teams. And he just powers back the double like daisies (3:15). And here it is. This just blows me away. Watch the power and fight in his hands, legs, and feet as Billings powers the triple team backwards. That is 900-pounds of O-linemen that Billings is squatting backwards, only the squat bar doesn't fight back (3:24). Oh yeah, Watch Oakman take advantage of the triple team to dismiss the OLT with a great Swim move, and then chases the QB all the way across the field. Oakman is so big compared to Boykin that he looks like a father chasing his kid across the front lawn.

This was another play I cheered for. Watch Billings get swallowed up by the triple team inside. I have never seen a NT get triple teamed two plays in a row. But watch him push that triple team backwards 8-yard, INTO BOYKIN. The power in that man's legs are simply inhuman. I have never seen anything like that before. Oh, and the OLT catches Oakman in a Swim like an NFL OL, so Oakman clubs him to the ground like he is laughing out loud (3:35). Watch Billings here, it is funny. He powers to the OC, and then tries to slide sideways with a power Rip. But the OC catches him, like Oakman got caught on the last play, and shoves him off balance. Super powerful NTs don't have that kind of balance. But instead of falling down, he turns the momentum into a slam into the ORG running over to double him, and pounds him backwards into QB, and almost butt-tackles Boykin (3:47). Oakman just unleashes a great power inside Rip, but just can't reach Boykin with the OLT holding him.

Billings is fooled by the option run, but watch him split the double team right into the RB. Have you noticed that TCU doesn't even bother to try to run to Oakman's side. It is to the strongside every time (3:56). Oakman gets chopped, but Billings drives the ORG all the way across the line to jam the RB out of the hole he wants to run into (4:07). Both Billings and Oakman play the RB first in the Option runs, and give the RB nothing while occupying three blocker so the LBs can run to Boykin (4:39). They shift to the strongside as TCU keeps running away form Oakman (4:49). Oakman takes on the double team inside, and get to the RB on the play action. You cannot run to his side. Meanwhile, Billings splits the double again and tries to power the ORG back into Boykin, but the OG got leverage on him. It is very difficult to get the leverage on Billings.

At some point they have to throw. They ran enough to wear down Billings and Oakman in Overtime, so they try to pass. Only just watch the triple team form around Billings' again. And then he shoves it off and destroys it, and finds a lane to the QB. That is just incredible how he beats triple teams. Oakman gets the outside shoulder of the OLT and tries to Rip past him, but slips down in the monsoon (5:01). They can only run successful when the RB runs as fast as he can away from Oakman and Billings (5:12). You cannot underestimate how good those two guys are against the run.

Watch Billings and Oakman crush the RB on the fake inside Option (5:24). Second Overtime. Oakman gets outside into position to hit the RB on the reverse. Billings fights through the double, but he isn't fast enough to catch up with the WR (5:31). Billings goes for the QB on the option run, so he gives it to the RB. Watch his great quick feet as he dances around the OLG (5:42). Here is Oakman standing up outside. This is one of his problems. His best position should be as a 3-4 OLB, but he is not nearly as explosive standing up to rush. It just doesn't seem to work. meanwhile Billings fights the double team to the sideline, which allows the linebacker to make the play in the backfield (5:51). Oakman looks much more tentative at OLB, but he makes the play here. He holds up the OLT, shifts into the hole, and take down the RB. Billings does a great job exploding through the OC, and getting his big mitts on the RB (5:59). That was a great tape by two guys who make plays that no one else in this Draft can make.

Oakman Vs TCU:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcWlspdKjU8

 

Billings Official Bio:

2015 ALL-AMERICA, FIRST TEAM (AP)
2016 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE
2015 CO-BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR
2015 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF YEAR
2015 BEDNARIK AWARD SEMI-FINALIST
2015 ALL-BIG 12, UNANIMOUS FIRST TEAM
2014 ALL-BIG 12, CONSENSUS FIRST TEAM
"COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S STRONGEST PLAYER" (NFL.COM)

Powerful All-American defensive lineman, 2015 Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of Year and Defensive Lineman of Year... 2016 NFL Scouting Combine participant... Key cog in leading Baylor to most successful three-year span in school history: including two conference championships (2013 & 2014 Big 12 titles), 32 wins (17-2 home mark) and Russell Athletic Bowl win... Two-time All-Big 12 honoree and semifinalist for 2015 Bednarik Award... Left school ranked ninth all-time in career TFL (30)... Totaled 106 tackles (75 solo), 30 tackles for loss (-112 yards), 7.5 sacks (-57 yards) and 15 QB hurries in 36 games in three-year career... Recorded tackle in 35 of 36 career games played... Named "College Football's Strongest Player" by NFL.com... Local phenom from Waco High School, former national top 200 recruit... Incredibly strong and compact, former record-breaking weightlifter, broke 22-year-old Texas prep state meet record with 2,010-pound effort (805 squat, 500 bench, 705 dead lift) in 2012 -- previous record was held by Mark Henry... Recorded 690-pound squat, 400-pound clean lift... Vertical jump measured at 32-inches even, broad jump at nine feet, two inches... Timed at 4.94 in 40-yard dash.

2015 (Junior): Earned All-America honors and named Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of Year and Defensive Lineman of Year as junior... Named Bednarik Award semi-finalist... Starting nose tackle in 12 of 13 games (missed game due to injury)... Ranked fifth in Big 12 with 1.17 tackles for loss per game and tied for 11th with 0.46 sacks per game... Ranked in eighth-place tie on school's single-season TFL chart with 15... Totaled 40 tackles (32 solo), 15 TFL (-66 yards), 5.5 sacks (-40 yards), three hurries and one forced fumble on season... Named first-team All-American by Associated Press, ESPN, Athlon and SportsOnEarth (second-team by FWAA, Sporting News, USA Today, CBS Sports, Phil Steele)... Named Big 12 Defensive Player of Year by league coaches (co), Athlon and 247Sports and Defensive Lineman of Year by coaches... Earned unanimous first-team All-Big 12 honors... Named "CFB's Strongest Player" by NFL.com... Had two TFLs (seven yards) in season-opening win over SMU... Made five solo stops, including two for loss of three yards, in win over Lamar in second game... Forced fumble and had four unassisted tackles, one for loss, in win over Rice in third game... Made career-high three TFLs (10 yards, including three-yard sack) on season-high six tackles before leaving with ankle injury (in third quarter) in win over West Virginia in sixth game... Named Bednarik Award Player of Week following WVU game... Did not play in seventh game while rehabbing... Saw limited action in return to field in eighth game at K-State, but recorded no stats... Had five tackles (one for loss of four yards) and assisted sack vs. No. 12 Oklahoma in ninth game... Totaled career-high two sacks (-17 yards) and three total tackles in win at No. 4 Oklahoma State in 10th game... Earned Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of Week honors following performance in OSU win... Made eight-yard sack and had three total stops vs. No. 15 TCU in 11th game... Had five tackles, including nine-yard sack, vs. Texas in 12th game... Made two stops in win over No. 10 North Carolina in Russell Athletic Bowl.

2014 (Sophomore): Starting nose tackle for all 13 games during 2014 Big 12 championship season... Named consensus first-team All-Big 12 as sophomore... Totaled 37 tackles (26 solo, 11.5 for loss of 38 yards), 2.0 sacks, nine hurries and one forced fumble on season... Ranked 12th in Big 12 (third on team) with 11.5 tackles for loss... Led team with nine QB hurries... One of nine players to start all 13 games in 2014 (seven on defense)... Named second-team All-Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Recorded tackle in all 13 games... Had two tackles, 1.5 for loss, and QB hurry in season-opening win over SMU... Made first career sack (-10 yards) and additional tackle for loss, along with hurry, in win over Northwestern State in second game... Made two hurries and had tackle for loss in win at Iowa State in fourth game... Totaled career-high three hurries and had three tackles in epic 61-58 comeback win over No. 9 TCU in sixth game... Made season-high eight tackles (four solo), two TFL including 7-yard sack and forced first career fumble at West Virginia in seventh game... Had 1.5 tackles for loss, four total tackles and QB hurry in win over Kansas in eighth game... Made memorable play in chasing KU running back 30 yards downfield to force out of bounds... Made season-high five solo tackles, including career-high three for loss (-10 yards) in win over Oklahoma State in 10th game... Recorded two stops, including assisted tackle for loss in win over No. 9 Kansas State that clinched share of Big 12 championship and berth in New Year's Six bowl... Made two solo tackles and QB hurry in Cotton Bowl vs. No. 7 Michigan State.

2013 (True Freshman): Played in 11 of 13 games, started twice, as true freshman defensive tackle, one of five true freshmen on squad to play... Earned first career letter... Totaled 29 tackles (17 solo), 3.5 for loss of eight yards, and three QB hurries on season... Recorded at least one tackle in all 11 games... Saw first collegiate action in season-opening win over Wofford, but injured ankle, finished with two solo tackles as reserve... Sat out second game (Buffalo) while recuperating... Returned to action and had two-yard tackle-for-loss in backup role in win over ULM in third game... Did not play fourth game (West Virginia), but played final nine games of season, started final two... Made two stops and had career-first QB hurry in win over Iowa State in sixth game... Had three-yard TFL and two hurries in win vs. Texas Tech in ninth game... Entered starting lineup at DT in 12th game, historic win over No. 23 Texas that clinched Big 12 championship and school's first-ever BCS bowl berth, made then-career-high six tackles in first start... Set new career tackle mark in second start with 10 stops in Fiesta Bowl vs. No. 15 UCF.

High School: National top 200 local recruit and record-setting power-lifter from nearby Waco (Texas) High School... All-state defensive lineman played for head coaches Marty Herbst and Danny Ramsey at WHS... No. 158 overall national prospect on 247Sports.com's Top247 listing and No. 168 nationally on Rivals250 list... National position rankings among defensive tackles: No. 12 by Rivals.com, No. 12 by Scout.com, No. 12 by 247Sports.com, No. 13 (OG) by ESPN.com... Overall rank among Texas recruits: No. 18 by 247Sports.com, No. 18 by Austin American-Statesman's Fabulous 55, No. 23 by Rivals.com, No. 35 by ESPN.com and Waco Tribune-Herald (top 50)... Ranked fifth among in-state defensive tackles by Dave Campbell's Texas Football (first-team "All-Texas") and seventh by Dallas Morning News/SportsDay State Top 100... Led Waco to 9-4 record and 2012 DII regional quarterfinals as senior... Named first-team 2012 4A All-State and first-team 2012 All-District 8-4A lineman... Totaled 132 pancakes as senior... Also named first-team 2012 All-Super Centex and Super Centex Male Athlete of the Year by Waco Tribune-Herald... Helped Waco to 7-4 mark and 2011 DII bi-district finals as junior... Earned 2011 4A All-State honorable mention and first-team 2011 All-District 8-4A honors... Credited with 134 pancakes as junior... Named first-team 2011 All-Super Centex... Competed in power-lifting at WHS, broke 22-year-old Texas state meet record (previously owned by Mark Henry) with 2,010 pound effort (805 squat, 500 bench, 705 dead lift).

Personal: Son of Anthony and Sylvia Billings... Full name is Andrew Mitchell Billings... Born March 6, 1995, in Waco, Texas... Father played baseball at Paul Quinn... Mother ran track at Mary-Hardin Baylor... Majoring in communication studies.

DEFENSE G SOLO ASST. TOTAL SACKS/YDS TFL/YARDS FF FR P DEF INT/YDS
2013 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 13 26 11 37 2 / 17 11.5 / 38 1 -- -- --
2015 12 32 8 40 5.5 / 40 15 / 66 1 -- -- --
TOTAL 25 58 19 77 7.5 / 57 26.5 / 104 2 -- -- --

 

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