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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

Justin Albert was on another level at Prattville High School.

The shifty running back was one of the key reasons why the Lions won back-to-back state titles in 2006 and 2007.

Albert had more than 60 touchdowns in his career with the Lions. He finished his career at Prattville with 3,467 career rushing yards.

His heroics on the field earned him the 2007 WSFA Fever Star Athlete of the Year Award.

The day he accepted the award he was still recovering from ACL surgery. It was an injury he suffered in the opening round of the playoffs but played through.

"It was kind of a downfall for me in my tracks, but it didn't stop anything I wanted. I went and had surgery in December," said Albert.

Justin enrolled at Auburn as a preferred walk-on. He turned down offers at schools like Vanderbilt, Clemson and Iowa, because he said his Heart was with Auburn.

He redshirted in 2008 and then in 2009 he was beginning to turn heads during spring practice.

Auburn's backfield also featured Brad Lester, Ben Tate and Tristan Davis.

So, for a few different reasons, Albert decided to transfer.

"Life takes a turn on us, and we have to make the better decisions for yourself. Messed around with the wrong crowds and stuff. Like I said, it makes us who we are today. I'm actually glad it happened the way id did," Albert stated.

Just transferred to Troy University with a second chance to show off the talent he displayed at Prattville.

"Coach Blakeney gave me an opportunity to redeem myself," said Albert.

Albert's dream was alive again. After sitting out in 2010 due to NCAA transfer rules, Justin was out to make an impact for the Trojans

He played running back, wide receiver and punt returner.

"Playing three different positions on the field. I was kind of the utility man. Anything needed to be done, ask Justin, he'll do it," said Albert.

"You could put him anywhere, and it was just easy for him," said Troy coach Larry Blakeney.

Justin finished his two-year career with Troy in 2012. He totaled 71 catches for 588 yards and 75 carries for 325 rushing yards and three total touchdowns.

He graduated from Troy in 2013 and continues to keep hopes alive for a professional career.

"I would tell nobody to sell yourself short. Everything happens for a reason. I truly believe that. you keep working and somebody will see your talent," stated Albert. 

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