Members of the 52-player team to be on hand for 2013 home finale on Saturday against UTEP
Career Note: Three-year starter who enters his senior season penciled in as the Green Wave's starting center for the second consecutive season...started all 35 games he has played in, missing just one game during his career to date...has helped Tulane running backs post 100-yard rushing outings a combined 18 times and blocked for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers.
2009: Started all 11 games he played as a junior, 10 at center and one at right guard...named honorable-mention All-Conference USA after helping the team average 105.8 rushing yards and 207.2 passing yards per game...helped teammate André Anderson rush for 1,000 yards on the year and top the 100-yard rushing mark on five occasions during the season...missed a game for the first time in his career with a back injury at LSU (10/31).
2008: Started all 12 games at right guard as a sophomore...his play up front helped the Green Wave average 118.4 rushing yards and 221.2 passing yards per game...helped teammate André Anderson tally 100-plus yards four times and post 200-plus yard games twice during the season...off the field, was a member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
2007: Started all 12 games at right guard as a true freshman...earned honorable-mention Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News and claimed a spot on the C-USA All-Freshman Team after helping the Green Wave average 201.0 rushing yards and 194.9 passing yards per game...became the first Tulane offensive lineman to start all 12 games as a true freshman since Corey Sewell accomplished the feat in 1998...was instrumental in helping teammate Matt Forté became the Green Wave's first 2,000-yard rusher - the nation's first since 2004 - and helped pave the way for Forté to surpass the 100-yard rushing mark nine times, the 200-yard mark on five occasions and the 300-yard barrier twice...also helped the Green Wave rank fifth in C-USA in sacks allowed (18).
High School: Four-year letterman at John Curtis Christian High for coach J.T. Curtis...helped guide Curtis to a combined 50-3 record with state 3A titles in each of his final three prep seasons...earned all-state honors his final two prep seasons while claiming all-metro, all-East Bank and all-district recognition his final three seasons...as a senior, helped pave the way for one of the nation's top offenses as the Patriots averaged 8.83 yards per carry, registered 4,310 yards of total offense and scored 58 touchdowns...also lettered in track and field and basketball.
Personal: Born Andrew Jason Nierman on April 18, 1989, in Metairie, La... son of Kathryn Nierman...half-sister Olivia "Turtle" Grayson is a member of the Tulane women's basketball team...majoring in political science.