Dec 102010
 
Authors: Cris Tiller

College is a time in a person’s life when they transform from a kid to a functioning member of society with bright futures in their field of study.

A small percentage of college students study two different, unrelated areas.
These students are known as athletes.

CSU football player Scott Albritton is a member of this unique group within the university, majoring not only in liberal arts, but the art of football as well.

But even among CSU’s football players, Albritton is a special case.

His position on the team was long snapper, a spot of little fame but of great importance.

To the average fan, Albritton was an unknown. But to the educated eye, he was worthy of one of the highest honors a college football player could receive — recognition from NFL scouts.

Albritton graduates this December, completing one chapter of his life to begin another in pursuit of living his dream.

“I’m going to work out and give myself a shot to play in the NFL and kind of go from there,” Albritton said. “Nothing is too set in stone, so I’m going to go with things as they come and see where it leads me.”

Albritton came to CSU as a transfer from Santa Barbara City College near his hometown of San Diego, Calif., where he played linebacker and fell into long snapping by accident.

This accident turned out to be a blessing when NFL scouts showed up to watch him play a position that is rarely, if ever, selected in the NFL Draft.

Albritton’s time at CSU was an experience he would not change.

“I really enjoyed it out here … It was definitely a change of scenery,” he said. “Overall, I would say it was a really good experience and I wouldn’t do anything differently if I had another chance to do it.”

This past season, Albritton suffered an ACL injury in his knee that forced him to finish his career from the sideline.

Fortunately, the injury has not hurt his chances for the NFL.

“The feedback I’m getting from NFL teams, still to this day, is that my injury is not that big of a deal in how they evaluate me as a player,” Albritton said. “At my position, it’s not the end of my career, like if I was a running back or someone who has to make sudden movements.”

His chances at being drafted by the seventh round are remote, but making a roster as a free agent is still a viable option.

Cracking the ranks of a professional sport, at a position where your name is only called for doing something wrong, is an incredible feat.

“It would be awesome. It would be a dream come true,” Albritton said. “To play at the highest level possible would be a pretty amazing thing not only for me, but for my family and friends. It would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Football Beat Reporter Cris Tiller can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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