Though USC struggled offensively against Utah State last Saturday, one good thing came out from sending in specials teams so often. Trojan punter Kris Albarado was named Pac-12 special teams player of the week thanks to his seven punts, five within the 20 and two within the five.
After practice on Wednesday, SCPlaybook caught up with Albarado to discuss the award.
"It feels great," said Albarado. "Obviously I can't take everything. We did a really good job protecting, really good job covering all the punts. I did what I could to get the guys into the position to down those balls, but you can't put it all on me."
Albarado, now averaging 40.3 yards per punt, smiled when discussing his statistics against the Aggies.
"It's definitely a confidence booster," said Albarado. "It definitely doesn't hurt going forward having those stats."
The secret to Albarado's success? The Trojan punter says he keeps a clear mind and listens to some country music before he takes the field.
"I'm pretty calm, just listening to music," said Albarado. "Usually I go through a little bit of a visualization stage and I visualize different punts."
Albarado and the rest of the Trojan squad are hitting the road on Friday heading for the desert to take on Arizona State this weekend.