Andrew Nowacki

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Andrew Nowacki
Free agent
Date of birth: October 10, 1980 (1980-10-10) (age 33)
Place of birth: Stoney Creek, Ontario
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: Non-import
Position(s): WR
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
College: Murray State
CFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 3 / Pick: 26
Drafted by: Edmonton Eskimos
Organizations
As player:
20042011 Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
  • Grey Cup champion (2005)
Career stats
Playing stats at CFL.ca

Andrew Nowacki (born October 10, 1980, in Stoney Creek, Ontario) is a professional Canadian football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He most recently played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Eskimos in the third round of the 2004 CFL Draft. He played college football for the Murray State Racers.

College career[edit]

Nowacki began his collegiate career at Scottsdale Community College before transferring after two seasons to Murray State University.[1] From 2001–2003, Nowacki played in 24 games recording 53 receptions for 608 receiving yards. He led the Racers in receiving as a redshirt senior with 43 catches for 477 yards.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Edmonton Eskimos[edit]

Nowacki was selected in the third round (26th overall) by the Edmonton Eskimos in the 2004 CFL Draft.[2] As a rookie, Nowacki rarely played only recording one catch for seven yards.[3] Entering 2005, Nowacki's roster spot was in jeopardy before the Eskimos final season against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.[4] He ended up on the team's inactive list to begin the season.[5] He was activated on July 14 after running back Mike Bradley suffered a knee injury.[6] After making a few appearances, Nowacki suffered a finger injury[7] causing him to miss a few games. He was re–activated on September 29.[8] In 2005, Nowacki recorded 18 catches for a total of 151 yards.[3] Following the selection of Pat Woodcock by Edmonton in the CFL Dispersal Draft, Nowacki was possibly going to lose his job as the Eskimos fifth receiver.[9] Despite the Woodcock selection, Nowacki recorded 17 catches for 147 yards in 2006.[3] He was re-signed by Edmonton on January 11, 2007.[10] In the Eskimos first preseason game on June 16, 2007, Nowacki recorded four receptions for a total of 46 yards.[11] After a few injuries to the Eskimos receivers to begin the season, Nowacki began to take a bigger role in the offense.[12] On August 13, 2007 in a game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Nowacki caught his first career touchdown pass.[13] On the following possession for Hamilton their receiver Jason French also a Murray State University graduate, caught a touchdown. The two touchdown catches for Nowacki and French came one minute apart.[14] In the game where quarterback Ricky Ray broke Warren Moon's Eskimos record for most passing yards in Eskimos history, Nowacki caught a five yard touchdown pass.[15] In 2007, Nowacki had 47 receptions for 465 yards with two touchdowns.[3] In 2008, Nowacki played in every game recording 28 catches for 369 yards with two touchdowns. He started the West Semi-Final and caught three passes for 27 yards.[1]

Personal[edit]

He married his girlfriend Erica on February 14, 2009. His sister Renata coaches volleyball at Southeast Missouri State University.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "#88 Andrew Nowacki". Edmonton Eskimos. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  2. ^ "Esks pleased with '04 draft". Our Sports Central. April 28, 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Andrew Nowacki". Canadian Football League. CFL.ca. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  4. ^ Prince, Gerry (June 16, 2005). "Last chance to impress". Edmonton Sun (Slam! Sports). Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  5. ^ Prince, Gerry (July 7, 2005). "Lefsrud back in the trenches". Edmonton Sun (Slam! Sports). Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  6. ^ Prince, Gerry (July 14, 2005). "The big driver". Edmonton Sun (Slam! Sports). Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  7. ^ "Printers debuts on top". Toronto Globe and Mail. August 6, 2005. Retrieved 2009-07-10. [dead link]
  8. ^ Huntington, Jonathan (September 29, 2005). "Wiltshire's streak comes to an end". Edmonton Sun (Slam! Sports). Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  9. ^ Huntington, Jonathan (April 13, 2006). "Esks call for Collier". Edmonton Sun (Slam! Sports). Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  10. ^ Huntington, Jonathan (January 11, 2007). "Frenzy free zone". Edmonton Sun (Slam! Sports). Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  11. ^ Hall, Vicki (June 16, 2007). "Same old, same old for Esks". The Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  12. ^ Davis, Darrell (July 20, 2007). "Esks May Be Juggling Lineup". Regina Leader-Post. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ Hall, Vicki (August 13, 2007). "Tiger-Cats laid low by Eskimos' defence". Canwest News Service (The Star Phoenix). Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  14. ^ Vanstone, Rob (August 14, 2007). "Austin in running for coach of the year". The Regina Leader-Post. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  15. ^ "Ray eclipses Moon as Eskimos rout Als". CBC Sports. September 15, 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-11.