When LSU beat Alabama by a score of 9-6 without a single touchdown, the world of special teams took center stage as people realized that even national championship-caliber games can be won - or lost - by those who are often ignored.
"I think it shows that special teams in every game is really important. It came down to that Alabama missed four field goals. That's just not good," said USC punter Kris Albarado.
The true freshman scholarship punter decided to redshirt his freshman year to help USC weather the scholarship reductions for the long run. In the meantime, walk-on and redshirt junior transfer Kyle Negrete handles punting duties with his remaining eligibility.
Albarado and fellow freshman place kicker Andre Heidari were the first two kickers USC recruited since Troy Van Blarcom in 2005, who left after becoming academically ineligible after only a year with the Trojans. Many colleges don't give their scholarships - especially when they are facing three-years-worth of redu...