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Andrew Scott Walter (born May 11, 1982) is an American football quarterback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. Walter was selected by the Raiders in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Arizona State University.

Andrew Walter was not a highly touted recruit from Grand Junction High School in Grand Junction, Colorado. He was recruited by-then coach Bruce Snyder of Arizona State University in 1999. Walter redshirted during the 2000 season, which would turn out to be Snyder's last season as coach of the Sun Devils. In November 2000, Arizona State terminated Snyder and announced Dirk Koetter from Boise State University as its new head coach. Although the beginning of his career started off with Walter striving for recognition and playing time, he went on to thrive under Koetter becoming the school's all time career leader in touchdowns, passing yardage, completions, attempts, interception percentage, and total offense. In 2004, Walter set the Pac-10 record for most career touchdowns, finishing with 85, shattering the previous record held for 22 years by Stanford's John Elway. Walter's career touchdown record was short lived, however, as University of Southern California's Matt Leinart passed him in 7 fewer collegiate starts and later eclipsed it with 99 career touchdowns during the 2005 season.

Walter's redshirt freshman season saw limited playing time behind sophomore starter Jeff Krohn. Krohn faced numerous injuries that season to go along with the frustrations of an offense under a new coach. This lead Walter to come off the bench and gain playing experience, which included a decent performance in "mop-up" duty during a losing effort against the University of Oregon. Koetter's first season with ASU was disastrous and ended with a 4-7 record and only one win in the Pacific 10 Conference. This prompted Krohn to transfer out of ASU after the season was over.

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