Albarado’s turn in the spotlight 

September, 27, 2013
Normally, if the performance of a punter winds up serving as a topic of conversation during the week following a game, it’s for something that went wrong, rather than right.

But that isn’t the case when it comes to USC’s Kris Albarado. Having played a crucial part in the Trojans’ 17-14 victory over Utah State this past Saturday by pinning five of his seven punts inside the Aggies’ 20-yard line, including two inside the five, the first-year starter found himself in unfamiliar territory on Wednesday, fielding questions from a variety media outlets after the team’s workout. This, just two days after having been named as the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week -- something that Albarado couldn’t quite believe when he initially learned that he had received the honor through, of all things, Twitter.

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Ric Tapia/Icon SMIUSC punter Kris Albarado was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week after his standout effort against Utah State.
“Honestly I was pretty shocked,” said Albarado, who on the season is averaging 40.3 yards per punt, while placing 12 of his 23 attempts inside the opponents’ 20. “It just popped up, and I was like, ‘No, this can’t be right.’ But it is pretty cool to get the attention. I kind of get to see the side of everything that Marqise [Lee] and everybody gets to see.”