August 1, 2008

Albert honored to be a Tiger

The odds are long but don't tell Justin Albert.

The former Prattville star officially reported to Auburn Friday as an invited walk-on.

"Hopefully, I can come up here and earn a scholarship," said Albert. "I always wanted to play at Auburn and I'm just glad that I'll get this chance. I know I can play on this level.

"I feel like I've accomplished something to be playing for the Auburn Tigers. It's an honor to be here."

Albert says he's been running a very similar version of AU's new spread offense at Prattville the past four years. While playing mostly running back in high school, he expects to be a slot receiver at Auburn, along with helping out on special teams.

"I prefer running back but I might be a little to small to play there," said Albert. "I'd be honored to play receiver. Wherever they need me to play, I'll play it.

"It doesn't matter how big you are. If you can play, you'll play. That's how they do it at Auburn."

Albert will have to put his goals of playing for the Tigers on hold for four to five more weeks, however. He blew out his knee in a first round playoff game last fall and had surgery in December.

He's still has a little more rehab left before he can be cleared by Auburn's training staff.

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