QB Albert developing into a leader for Fort Hays State

Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:54:12 PM CST   Updated On: Oct 30 2013 11:56:46 AM CDT

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HAYS, Kansas -

Through the first four games, many Fort Hays State fans might be started to wonder if the experiment of moving sophomore Treveon Albert back to quarterback was going to work. Albert has eight interceptions to just six touchdowns during that time, and the Tigers were 0-5.

"He's still learning, he's still maturing, he's still growing," said Brown.  "But he's starting to figure out what our offensive scheme is and really learn how to read a defense."

Albert came to Fort Hays State as a quarterback, but with a pair of senior QB in front of him on the depth chart last season, he played a little receiver and running back for the Tigers in 2012. Albert had success playing quarterback in high school, but playing in college is a little different.

"In high school, I never even watched film until the deep playoff games," said Albert. "I come here, I gotta watch film, I gotta watch it every day. That's the way I prepare myself."

That hard work on and off the field, certainly has caught the attention of his coaches.

"I think Treveon is more consistent with being there, being consistent with his meetings, being consistent at all the workouts, making sure he's getting his grades," said Brown. "Just doing all those little things right that as a coach it makes you feel good that you can have a kid like that, that you can count on."

And his teammates see the improvement as well. In the Tigers back to back wins over William Jewel and Lindenwood, Albert has had five touchdowns and just one interception.

"He's more of a leader now," said senior linebacker Jeremy Jones. "When he first came in he had to find his identity, but now he's a leader out there. He can run the offense now, so he's doing a great job."

Coach Brown adds, "That's huge as a quarterback being that offensive leader and he's starting to develop that and he's getting better each week with it."

And Albert's growth coinciding with the team's success, is likely not a fluke.

"I'm just around everyone, from me being a freshman I was always like that," said Albert. "And I was never doing the wrong thing so I guess everyone just rallied around me and now we're a team."