Alburtis prepares for senior year and beyond

Austin Alburtis has been busy training for his senior season at Tyler Street High School in Dallas, Texas, but he's also looking ahead to when he joins the Cyclones in the fall of 2006.


"I've been training," he said. "I've been going to my school on Tuesdays and Thursdays doing workouts. I've been doing a lot more power lifting than endurance lifting to try to stronger and gain some weight."


Alburtis solidly committed to the Cyclones in June after attending the first session of Iowa State's padded team camp.


He said at the time the ISU coaches told him what areas to work on throughout the course of the year.


"They told me to work on my speed and try to get faster and try to get heavier," Alburtis said. "They told me how heavy those guys are. I want to get up to 270 or 280 pounds."


Alburtis knows whatever he does in preparation for his ISU career will also help his high school team. The versatile, 6-foot-3, 225 pound, athlete plays quarterback, linebacker and punter for his high school team.


"This season I want to hopefully have a real good football year," he said. "I want to try to get a lot stronger and gain weight before I come up to Iowa."


At Iowa State's camp they told Alburtis they'd like to move him to defensive end, so gaining weight will be essential for his collegiate career.


As Alburtis' high school career runs down, he said his senior season is looking good.


"We could use a couple more linemen," he said. "Our running back, he should be pretty good and our defense should be pretty good too."


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