Andrew Layton

AFL GAMES PLAYED (regular season, playoffs): 2004 (14).
AFL NOTES: Andrew Layton arrived in Dallas last season as a raw talent. He saw significant playing time as a rookie on both sides of the ball, while also returning kickoffs. With one season of af2 (Greensboro Prowlers – 2003) and one season of AFL experience under his belt, he is looking to build off his rookie season and show coaches he can be a full time contributor for Dallas.

AFL 2004: As a rookie, Layton finished fourth among Dallas receivers with 21 catches for 245 yards while placing eighth on defense with 21.5 tackles and two pass deflections. In his AFL debut against Carolina (2/8), he recorded a tackle and a 26-yard kickoff return. He was inactive against Philadelphia (2/15), but returned to the lineup at New York (2/22) to record his first two career receptions for 17 yards while returning a missed field goal 12 yards and a kickoff 11 yards. At Columbus (2/29), he saw extensive defensive action and notched two tackles and a pass deflection, while catching a 16-yard pass on offense. He was inactive against Grand Rapids (3/6), but returned the following week at Carolina (3/13) to catch a nine-yard pass, rush for five yards and return a kickoff 44 yards for a touchdown. He added an eight-yard reception against Los Angeles (3/21) then caught two passes for 40 yards, posted 1.5 tackles and forced a fumble at Philadelphia (4/4). He tied for second on the team with four stops against San Jose (4/10) before finishing with two more tackles and a 14-yard reception at Arizona (4/18). He caught a career-high three passes for 55 yards while notching three tackles at Orlando (4/25). He posted two tackles against New York (5/1), then finished second on the team with four stops while catching two passes for 15 yards at Austin (5/9). At Chicago (5/16), he tallied a tackle, a pass defensed and a reception for 12-yards before hauling in three passes for 33 yards and a single tackle against Columbus (5/22). In the season finale against Tampa Bay (5/30), he tied for third on the team with three catches for 26 yards and returned a kickoff 10 yards.

OTHER PRO EXPERIENCE: 2003 – Layton made his indoor debut with the Greensboro Prowlers of af2. In six games, he finished with 22 receptions for 249 yards and six touchdowns while posting five rushes for nine yards and three scores. He added 58 yards on four kick returns while recording 14 tackles and a pass deflection on defense.

COLLEGE: 2002 – As a senior, Layton led the Mountaineers in receiving yards (424) while tying for first in receptions (36) and second in receiving touchdowns (three). 2001 – In his first year at Appalachian State, Layton earned All-Southern Conference honorable mention as he recorded 29 catches for 461 yards and three touchdowns as a junior. 2000 – Before transferring from Georgia Military College, Layton picked up 11 receptions for 212 yards and three scores as a sophomore. 1999 – Layton saw limited playing time as a true freshman at GMC.

PERSONAL: Layton lettered in three sports at Estero, FL, High School and capped his prep football career with an appearance in the North vs. South Shrine Bowl game. He finished his senior season with 27 receptions for 720 yards and nine touchdowns to go with his nine interceptions as a defensive back.