Samantha Bricio of the women's volleyball squad and Kris Albarado of football take home this week's honors.
Spring ball begins March 5.
Trojans looking to take care of "unfinished business."
CAREER: He averages 38.9 yards on his 139 career punts, with 43 pinning opponents within the 20-yard line and 19 traveling at least 50 yards.
2015: Albarado, known for his accuracy in placing punts deep in opponents' territory, returns for his third season as USC's punter as a senior in 2015.
2014: Albarado was USC's starting punter for his second season as a junior in 2014. He averaged 41.4 yards on his 60 punts in 2014, with 16 pinning opponents within the 20 (26.7%) and 15 traveling at least 50 yards. Only 4 of his 60 punts were touchbacks. He also made a tackle in 2014.
He did not have to punt in the Fresno State opener. He averaged 47.8 yards on 4 punts and had a tackle at Stanford. He averaged 37.5 yards on a career-high 10 punts at Boston College, with 1 pinning BC within the 20. Against Oregon State, he averaged 40.5 yards on his 6 punts, with 4 pinning the Beavers within the 20 and 2 traveling 50-plus yards. Against Arizona State, he averaged 59.5 yards on his 2 punts (with a career-long 65-yarder). At Arizona, he averaged 38.8 yards on his 6 punts (2 pinned Arizona within the 20). He averaged 36.2 yards on 5 punts against Colorado, with 2 pinning the Buffaloes within the 20. At Utah, he averaged 50.2 yards on his 5 punts, with 3 traveling 50-plus yards. At Washington State, he averaged 41.2 yards on 5 punts, with 2 pinning the Cougars within the 20 and 1 traveling 50-plus yards. Against California, he averaged 36.7 yards on 3 punts. At UCLA, he averaged 43.2 yards on his 6 punts with 3 pinning the Bruins within the 20 and 2 traveling at least 50 yards. Against Notre Dame, his only punt pinned ND within the 20. Against Nebraska, he averaged 40.1 yards on his 7 punts (2 others were blocked), with a 53-yarder and 1 that pinned the Cornhuskers within the 20.
2013: Albarado served as USC's punter as a sophomore in 2013, averaging 37.1 yards on 79 punts while appearing in all 14 games. Some 27 of his 79 punts (34.2%) pinned opponents within the 20-yard line and he booted 4 in excess of 50 yards. Only 4 of his 79 punts were touchbacks. He also had 2 tackles. He made 2013 All-Pac-12 honorable mention.
At Hawaii, he made his career debut by averaging 43.3 yards on his 6 punts, with a 64-yarder, and 4 of his punts pinned UH within the 20. Against Washington State, he averaged 40.3 yards on his 6 punts (with one pinning the Cougars within the 20). He averaged 44.0 yards on his 4 punts against Boston College, with a 55-yarder and 2 pinning the Eagles within the 20. Five of his 7 punts (he averaged 35.4 per punt) against Utah State pinned the Aggies within the 20-yard line, including 2 inside the 5, to help him earn Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week. He averaged 42.8 yards on his 5 punts at Arizona State (with a 54-yarder). Four of his 6 punts against Arizona pinned the Wildcats within the 20, including 3 inside the 10-yard line (2 of those were downed at the 4-yard line), as he averaged 35.7 yards per punt. He averaged 37.3 yards on his 6 punts at Notre Dame, with 3 pinning the Irish within the 20. He averaged 38.4 on 7 punts, with 2 touchbacks, against Utah and he made a tackle. At Oregon State, he averaged 36.2 yards on his 6 punts, with 2 pinning the Beavers within the 20. At California, he averaged 31.5 yards on his 4 punts. He averaged 35.3 yards on his 6 punts against Stanford, with 3 pinning the Cardinal within the 20. At Colorado, he averaged 30.2 yards on his 6 punts, with 2 pinning CU within the 20. Against UCLA, he averaged 33.5 yards on his 6 punts (with a 51-yarder), with 1 pinning the Bruins within the 20. He averaged 36.0 yards on his 4 punts against Fresno State.
2012: Albarado was the backup punter as a redshirt freshman in 2012, but did not see any action.
2011: Albarado redshirted as a freshman punter in 2011, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2010 honors included Max Preps All-American Medium Schools second team and All-State 4A as a senior punter at St. Louis High in Lake Charles (La.). He averaged 45.3 yards on his 24 punts (with a long of 65 yards) and put 8 punts within the 20-yard line in 2010. As a junior in 2009, he averaged 41.8 yards on his 38 punts, with 19 punts within the 20. He averaged 40.7 yards on his 37 punts (with 8 within the 20) as a sophomore in 2008.
PERSONAL: He received his bachelor’s degree in policy, planning and development at USC in the spring of 2015 and is working on a second bachelor’s degree in sociology.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH KRIS ALBARADO