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Broken Arrow’s Andrew Raym a Rising Star

Sports Writer

AMAZING LINEMAN: Sophomore Andrew Raym is a talented offensive lineman for Broken Arrow

Courtesy B.A. Athletic Dept.

When Andrew Raym was called to start on the Broken Arrow offensive line last year, he answered the bell.

The Tigers opened up at Euless (Texas) Trinity on zero week and the first time they touched the ball, Raym, from his right tackle position, knocked his man to the ground.

“Being my first game up on varsity, I had so much adrenaline going through me that I wasn’t even feeling anything,” Raym says. “I just went out there and took over.”
Everything clicked.

Raym, who is now entering his sophomore season, would go on to start the rest of the year.

“I just felt like it was normal,” he says. “Being always on varsity didn’t seem like it was that big of a deal. It was more like surreal.”

The initial block against Euless Trinity was memorable for Raym.  Another came in a home game. “I connected with somebody, and I drove him like 20 yards before, just put him in the ground, that was one of my favorite plays from last year,” he says.

“I wouldn’t say I felt privileged. But, it was definitely cool to be that person as a freshman and getting to start. I kind of just fit in with everybody else last year.”
Raym stands a 6-3 and weighs at 294.

When asked how he got to that size as a sophomore, he replied, “I eat a lot.” His favorite food is Chicken Wings at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Then there are results in the weight room. Raym can bench press 275 pounds and squat 450.

Even though he still has three seasons to go before finishing high school, Raym is already getting Division-I offers from the likes of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Memphis and SMU.  

“It is definitely exciting,” Raym says. “It’s hard to even believe, actually.”

Raym has been playing football since the second grade. He has always been a lineman. He played defensive line until last year. His top moment in that spot came when he made a quarterback sack to help his team win a championship in the seventh grade, he says.

Eventually, he would realize that the offensive line is his primary position.

“I’ve always been better on offense,” Raym says.

The fact that his coach, David Alexander, played in the NFL for 10 years is a plus.
“It’s very helpful,” he says. “He knows just about everything. (Assistant) Coach (Rowdy) Harper also helps. He played in college (at Houston) too. He knows all the newer techniques.”

Raym likes to model his play after Orlando Brown of OU and Tyron Smith of the Dallas Cowboys, because of their “nasty” style of play.

After enduring a 6-5 finish, which included an appearance in the first round of the playoffs in 2016, expectations are high for Broken Arrow in 2017.

“It was definitely tough last year as we lost a lot of people from the year before. We just fought through everything,” Raym says.

“We’re going to be a lot better,” he adds. “We’re going to be good this year.”

The Tigers will get the opportunity to show that as they open the season Aug. 26 at home against Union, a game that will be nationally televised by ESPN with an 11 a.m. kickoff.

“I think it’s going to be crazy,” Raym says. “I know all summer up until now we’ve been working an extra 30-45 minutes to get ourselves ready for that game.”

Updated 09-06-2017

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