“He’s an unbelievable athlete,” Queen said. “He’s very gifted and very talented. He’s capable of making big-time plays, and that’s why we try to get the ball in his hands.”
Albright has certainly made the most of his opportunities since joining the Warriors’ program. He played on the freshman team in 2010, then earned a starting role on varsity as a sophomore.
However, an ACL injury in his left knee in the first game of the 2011 season sidelined him for the remainder of the year.
That left Albright to work hard to regain his starting role in 2012.
This season, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior has helped lead a resurgence at North Cobb, which is 11-2 and in the semifinals of the state playoffs for the first time since 1959. The Region 4AAAAAA runner-up Warriors will visit Region 2AAAAAA champion Lovejoy on Friday, with a berth to the state championship game at stake.
“It’s really exciting to have gotten this far in the playoffs,” Albright said. “The team understands the importance of every game. This is a great opportunity that myself and my teammates have to take advantage of.”
Albright’s statistics aren’t very flashy, but his play on the field is.
The only two-way starter on North Cobb’s roster — seeing action at both free safety and wide receiver — he has 50 tackles, three interceptions and “a couple of fumble recoveries,” according to Queen, on defense. Offensively, he has 21 catches for 295 yards and four touchdowns.
However, Albright’s contributions to the Warriors’ program go well beyond the numbers.
“He carries a 3.5 GPA, so he’s very smart,” Queen said. “You tell him something one time and he’s got it. He’s a coach on the field, from a defensive standpoint, and on offense, we try to get the ball in his hands because he’s a great athlete.”
Albright put his considerable talents on display in North Cobb’s 42-35 quarterfinal win over Mill Creek last week. In addition to his tackles, and four receptions for 34 yards, he recovered a crucial fumble with the game tied at 21-all, and threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Borishade that put the Warriors on top 28-21 in the third quarter.
It was Albright’s first career touchdown pass.
“Cameron is obviously a great athlete,” Queen said. “We try to put the ball in his hands, and he was able to throw a touchdown. He’s a total team player. He’s played quarterback. He’s played wide receiver. He’s returned kicks. He’s played free safety, so he’s done a little bit of everything for us. He’s done everything possible as far as playing in a football game.”
Albright does so much for North Cobb, he almost never sees the sidelines. As a two-way starter, he already contributes on offense and defense, but he also sees time on every special teams unit.
“He plays more snaps for us than anybody on the football team,” Queen said. “He hardly ever comes off the field. We have to have him on the field because he’s such a threat.”
Albright said that his only break comes on kickoff return, but there have been instances where Queen will send him out for a return. Albright enjoys having an opportunity to impact the game in any way.
“I always have a chance to help the team and contribute and possibly make a game-changing play,” he said. “That’s why I like playing so much.
“I might get tired sometimes, and when I do, I come out of the game. But I’m right back out there pretty quickly.”
Albright’s versatility is what makes him such a dynamic player, and Queen understands that.
“(Albright) wants the football in his hands,” Queen said. “He’s a kid that we know has big play capability, so that’s why we try to get the ball to him.”