On this week's show Rich DeMarco talks with volleyball head coach Alma Kovaci. Senior Andrew Rodriguez is featured, while fans are also taken to the NCAA Tournament selection show with the women's soccer team.
About Rodriguez: Starter at "whip" linebacker and team's leading tackler in 2009 ... missed 2010 season with back injury ... did not participate in spring practice ... will try to make return to field in 2011 ... selected to Academic All District 1 team for University Division as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in 2009 .. registered grade of A-plus in all five academic courses in spring 2010 semester.
2010: Missed the entire season with back injury.
2009: Saw action in all 12 games at "whip" linebacker position ... started all 12 contests ... led squad with 85 tackles ... registered two interceptions, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 1.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 quarterback sacks ... piled up double figure tackle totals in three games ... collected career-best 15 tackles during season finale against Navy ... credited with nine primary stops ... also forced one fumble opposite Midshipmen ... posted 14 tackles during road date at Air Force ... added one tackle for loss opposite Falcons ... registered 13 tackles, one pass breakup and game-saving forced fumble during home defeat of Vanderbilt ... stripped ball from Commodore running back Warren Norman inches from goal line, just before Norman entered end zone with potential game-winning points in overtime ... ball bounced out of end zone for crucial touchback on Vanderbilt's first possession of extra session ... Army then gained possession and proceeded to kick game-winning field goal ... garnered eight tackles and one fumble recovery to aid home victory over VMI ... returned pickoff career-long 33 yards in win opposite Mean Green ... notched seven stops, one fumble recovery and one quarterback sack during starting debut versus Eastern Michigan in season opener ... registered first career interception versus Ball State.
2008: Did not appear in a varsity contest.
High School: Three-time all-state linebacker selection at Bishop Ireton High ... played for head coach Tony Verducci ... four-year starter ... split time between running back and linebacker positions ... served as team captain each of final two seasons ... saw additional playing time at fullback and wide receiver spots ... led team in receiving and scoring as a senior ... finished second on squad in rushing, interceptions, tackles for loss and yards per carry ... helped team to state runnerup finish in Virginia Independent League ... first-team selection on D.C. Examiner All-Area Team ... member of Washington Post All-Metro Second Team ... selected by Fairfax County Football Hall of Fame as the 2007 Player of the Year ... finalist for Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year in state of Virginia ... earned three additional varsity letters in track and field, one each in basketball and lacrosse ... served as team captain during final year on hardwood ... specialized in sprint events on track ... boasted 4.373 grade point average on a 4.0 scale ... ranked as one of top 10 students in graduating class ... National Honor Society member ... Economics Club member ... participated in Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... student government officer ... active in community ... served as volunteer visiting injured soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center ... named National Football Foundation's East Region High School Scholar Athlete of the Year following senior year ... one of five regional winners honored at Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Personal: Born May 12, 1990 ... given name is Andrew Scott Rodriguez ... parents' names are David and Ginny Rodriguez ... father, David, graduated from West Point in 1976 ... former commander of 82nd Airborne Division ... currently serves as commander of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan ... sister, Amy, graduated from West Point in 2006 ... recently returned from deployment to Iraq ... majoring in Mechanical Engineering.