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Andy Heck is a veteran of 20 seasons in the NFL, with a career that includes 12 years as a player and eight in coaching. This is Heck’s seventh season as the Jaguars’ offensive line coach and his ninth season on the Jaguars staff.

Heck joined the Jaguars coaching staff on February 9, 2004 as the offensive assistant/assistant offensive line coach. He spent the 2005 season as Jaguars assistant offensive line coach before being promoted to offensive line coach in 2006.

The Jaguars offensive line in 2011 paved the way for Maurice Jones-Drew to win the NFL rushing title with 1,606 rushing yards, which also broke Fred Taylor’s franchise single-season rushing record. Key to Jones-Drew’s success has been the presence of veteran center Brad Meester. In 2011 Meester became the first player to play 12 seasons for the Jaguars, and he eclipsed the franchise record for career games played with 177.

In 2010 the Jaguars boasted the third-ranked rushing offense in the NFL, averaging 149.7 yards per game including a 4.7-yards-per-carry average that ranked fifth in the league. The team’s 2,395 rushing yards were the second-most in team history, and this was achieved despite having only two offensive linemen – Meester and Uche Nwaneri – starting all 16 games.

In 2009 Heck was the beneficiary of the Jaguars’ first two draft choices being offensive tackles. Charged with integrating the two promising rookies into the lineup, Heck led Eugene Monroe to make 13 starts at left tackle while Eben Britton started 15 games at right tackle. The two rookies’ appearance in the opening day starting lineup distinguished them as the first pair of rookie tackles to start an opener since 1982 when Luis Sharpe and Tootie Robbins started for the St. Louis Cardinals.

In 2008 the Jaguars line was decimated at the outset when starting guards Maurice Williams and Vince Manuwai were lost to season-ending injuries on opening day. Meester also missed the first six games of that season with a biceps injury before joining the lineup.

Under Heck the line paved the way in 2006 and 2007 to the two highest single-season rushing totals in franchise history to date, and two of the three lowest sack totals. The Jaguars set the single-season franchise-record for rushing yards (2,541) in 2006 including a franchise-record 375 yards against Indianapolis, and allowed only 30 sacks, the second-fewest in team history. In 2007 the line led the way for 2,391 rushing yards (149.4), the most in the AFC and second-highest total in the NFL, and the team allowed only 31 sacks, the third-fewest in franchise history.

Prior to joining the Jaguars Heck served three seasons on the University of Virginia coaching staff, the first two seasons as a graduate assistant and the final year as tight ends coach. He tutored All-America tight end Heath Miller, who set numerous Atlantic Coast Conference tight end records for receiving and scoring. Miller was a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005.

Prior to joining the Virginia staff, Heck played in the NFL for 12 seasons (1989-2000) as a standout offensive lineman. He finished his playing career with the Washington Redskins, where he played for two seasons. As the starting left tackle in 1999 he blocked for an offense that ranked second in the NFL. From 1994 to 1998 Heck was a five-year starter for the Chicago Bears. In 1995, he gave up no sacks as part of an offensive line that yielded the fewest sacks in the NFL.

Heck was drafted in the first round (15th overall) by the Seattle Seahawks, where he was a unanimous All-Rookie selection in 1989. A starter for all five years with the Seahawks, he played three seasons without missing a snap.

Heck's fifth-grade teacher, Marylou Winkler of Annandale, Va., was named NFL Teacher of the Year in January of 1994, after being nominated by Heck. She received $5,000 from the NFL and the school received a $10,000 scholarship in both of their names.
A 1989 graduate of Notre Dame, Heck received a bachelor's degree in American studies. A first-team All-America selection, he co-captained the 1988 national championship team that finished 12-0. Heck was a tight end for his first three seasons at Notre Dame before moving to tackle in spring drills in his senior season.

Heck was born January 1, 1967, in Fargo, North Dakota. He and his wife, Jennifer, have four children: Jonathan, Charlie, Molly and Evelyn, and live in Ponte Vedra Beach.

COACHING BACKGROUND: Virginia 2001-03, Jacksonville Jaguars 2004-12.
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