Andy Levitre # G
Height: 6-2 Weight: 303 Age: 30
Born: 5/15/1986 Los Gatos , CA
College: Oregon State
Experience: 8th season
High School: San Lorenzo Valley HS [Felton, CA]
Selected By: Buffalo Bills
Pick (Overall): 19 (51)
Whether playing either tackle position, Levitre was a beacon for the OSU offense, as his punishing hand punch left several of the Pac-10 Conference's elite defensive linemen with no choice but to avoid getting into a battle in the trenches with the Beavers captain. The anchor of the team's front wall started 39 games during his career, including his final 35 contests (16 at left tackle, 23 at right tackle).
Levitre is the second of Sheri and Gene Levitre's sons to star as a collegiate offensive lineman, as his brother, Erick, was an offensive center at the University of Arizona (2002-06). In addition to garnering All-Pac-10 Conference and All-America honors, Andy has been honored by the school and league for his academic excellence. Having graduated with degrees in Finance and Sociology, he played last season as a graduate student.
At San Lorenzo Valley High School, Levitre earned first-team All-CIF, All-Santa Cruz Coast League and San Jose Mercury News All-Region accolades following his senior year. The team captain and co-MVP started as an offensive tackle and defensive lineman, leading the team to a 13-0 record and the Central Coast Section title in his junior season. That year, he was named honorable mention All-State and first-team All-Conference on offense and second-team All-Conference on defense. He also earned two letters in track, throwing the shot put.
Levitre enrolled at Oregon State in 2004, redshirting that season while competing on the scout team. He also spent that season shedding 30 pounds from his 340-pound frame. He earned Academic All-Pac-10 honors while seeing action in 11 games as a reserve at both offensive guard positions. In the season finale, he earned his first career starting assignment vs. Oregon, lining up at right offensive tackle.
Levitre played behind Josh Linehan at right tackle to begin the 2006 campaign, but when Linehan suffered a knee injury in the third game of the season vs. Idaho, Levitre took over those starting duties for the final 10 contests. He collected 66 knockdowns as OSU ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (27.79 ppg) and passing offense (242.36 ypg). Levitre earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors (also second-team on the academic list).
As a junior, Levitre was again selected to the All-Pac-10 Conference second-team and the league's gridiron academic squad. He started the first nine games at right tackle before shifting to the left side for the final four contests. He delivered 82 knockdowns and nine touchdown-resulting blocks, helping the Beavers rank fourth in the conference in rushing, averaging 174.92 yards per game on the ground.
In 2008, Levitre started all 13 games at left tackle. The All-American and All-Pac-10 Conference first-team choice registered a career-high 91 knockdowns and 14 touchdown-resulting blocks. He missed some playing time in the season opener vs. Stanford with leg cramps, but led the way as the Beavers averaged 360.57 yards per game in total offense.