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Utah Football: From SLC and back again, Utes LT Andrew Albers takes unconventional route
Utah football »6’7” lineman left team to become a youth pastor, but realized he missed the game.


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Frank — who works at a lineman camp run by 49ers great Jesse Sapolu — still talks to his son about what he can improve (run blocking), and Andrew knows there won’t be a day when coaches say "Oh, yes. That’s it!"

But by playing football, he feels he’s following the higher plan now.

At a glance

Andrew Albers file

Measurables » 6-foot-7, 301 pounds

Year » Junior (used redshirt in 2013)

Hometown » Costa Mesa, Calif.

High school » Played football, basketball, track and volleyball; team captain in basketball and football; began high school career as receiver and led team in catches, then became a tight end and a tackle as he packed on pounds; on the hardwood, averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds as a senior.

Alberts’ background

Albers’ dad, Frank, said he was strict with Albers, to the extent that when he brought home a report card with two C’s as a sophomore — and given that Frank didn’t think he had worked very hard — he confiscated Albers’ cellphone and a laptop Albers had saved up to buy. But Albers used Frank’s reputation to his advantage. One day, Costa Mesa head coach Jeremy Osso was talking with Frank, then the linebackers coach, in his office. A basketball teammate of Albers walked by and asked why Frank didn’t let Albers come to the party the night before. After he left, Osso asked Frank, “There was a party last night?” Frank told him he didn’t know of any party, but he’d told Albers to use Frank’s reputation as an excuse to avoid troublesome situations — Albers would tell teammates that Frank would drug test him.

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He’ll have to keep the faith. And, sometimes, he’ll have to be nasty.

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