Former Tulane standout Andrew Nierman will make the transition from the playing field to the sideline this season as he will serve as a graduate assistant coach for the Green Wave offense in 2011.
Nierman, 22, was a four-year lettterman and starter for the Wave from 2007-10 and was a member of the first recruiting class for head coach Bob Toledo. Nierman started all 47 games he played, missing just one game during his career, and helped Tulane running backs post 100-yard rushing outings a combined 23 times and blocked for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers (Matt Forte-2007/Andre Anderson-2009) and the top freshman running back in school history (Orleans Darkwa-2010).
During his final campaign at Tulane, Nierman was a fourth-team All-Conference USA selection by Phil Steele and was an honorable mention All C-USA performer in a vote by the league's head coaches. He started all 12 games - one at right guard and the last 11 at center- and helped the offense average 127.5 rushing yards and 245.8 passing yards per game, including five 100-yard rushing games by Orleans Darkwa
Nierman, who was one of three team captains in 2010, received the Most Inspirational College Football Player from the Fellowship Foundation and was named Tulane's Offensive MVP.
A four-year letterman as a prepster at nearby John Curtis Christian High for coach J.T. Curtis, Nierman helped guide Curtis to a combined 50-3 record with state 3A titles in each of his final three prep seasons. He 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, Nierman 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. He also lettered in track and field and basketball.
A native of Harvey, La., Nierman received his bachelor's degree in political science from Tulane in May 2011. Following his collegiate career, he played for the New Orleans Voodoo in the Arena Football League during the summer of 2011. Nierman's half-sister Olivia "Turtle" Grayson is a member of the Tulane women's basketball team.