Texan Turning Heads

Every year, several good prospects come to ISU's padded camp hoping to earn themselves enough notice to receive a scholarship offer to play for the Cyclones. Another one of those players is a versatile Texan that has certainly made a name for himself this week.

By Amanda Ouverson CN correspondent

Date: June 15, 2005


One of the most impressive performances at the first session of Iowa State's padded football camp came from Dallas, Texas' Austin Alburtis.


The 6-foot-3, 225 pounder, plays quarterback, linebacker and punter for Tyler Street High School, but at Iowa State's camp he learned a new position – defensive line.


"It was hard at first to catch on, but once coach [Nelson] taught me the basics I got the hang of it real good," Alburtis said. "I came in here and did the best I could and fought every time I got the chance to go."


Alburtis' high school coach, Walter Favors, was also in Ames to help out with the camp. He said whatever college Alburtis ends up at they'll be lucky to have him.


"They're going to get an outstanding player," Favors said. "He's done a great job for us the last few years and we're very excited to have him."


Last year Alburtis accumulated over a 100 tackles and added nearly 600 rushing yards. He also said he added, "a whole bunch of big hits."  Besides Iowa State, Alburtis has camped at Oklahoma and SMU. He said he has no plans to attend any other camps this summer. Over the past three days, Alburtis was able to work with a lot of the ISU coaches and they seemed to leave an impression on him.


"They're great," he said. "They give you the attention you need. They're always there to correct you no matter how small the mistake. They want to make you perfect; they just keep on working with you. They don't give up on you, no matter how bad you might do. They keep trying to make you better and it does; it really helps you improve."


Amongst all of these potential prospects, Alburtis said hard work makes him standout.


"Every time I get up there I go as hard as I can," he said. "I don't give up no matter how much bigger or faster the guy is. I believe that I can beat him and if you believe that you can do it, you can. You can do whatever you want when you believe."


There are presently no offers on the table for Alburtis, but he wants that to end soon.


"Hopefully after working my butt off up here I'll be able to get an offer from Iowa State," he said.


Favors said Alburtis will probably still play linebacker for Tyler Street this fall, but for which ever position Alburtis is recruited to play in college he'll be ready.


"Coming here has helped me so much in improving," Alburtis said. "Especially now since I might be recruited as a defensive linemen or a defensive end. I've learned all the techniques I could possibly want to learn and they've helped me so much, just learn the basics and I feel I'm ready to play the position now."


Although it was only his first time in Iowa, Alburtis liked what he saw.


"It's great," he said. "I like the weather except it changes every five minutes, but it's nice. The grass is real good and I love this campus."


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