The "old man" on the offensive line ... entering his third year as a starter ... one of four returning starters on the line ... blessed with good footwork ... effective at pulling and getting to the edge.
HONORS: 2006-- Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference ... first-team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association ... first-team All-State by the Roanoke Times ... ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week following UVa's game against NC State (Oct. 30). 2005-Third-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News ... ACC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News ... ACC Rookie of the Week for his play against Duke on Sept. 24.
AT VIRGINIA: 2006-Honorable mention All-ACC selection ... one of four returning starters on the offensive line ... allowed just one sack during the season ... first-team All-State by Virginia Sports Information Directors ...started all 12 games at left guard for the second year in a row ... named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week after 14-7 win vs. NC State ... earned his second letter. 2005- Third-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News ... ACC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News ... ACC Rookie of the Week for his play against Duke on Sept. 24 ... a former basketball standout who was installed as the starter at left guard in training camp and remained there all season ... started every game and earned freshman All-American honors ... started in the Music City Bowl vs. Minnesota to become just the fourth true freshman offensive lineman to start a bowl game for UVa, joining Brad Butler, Ian-Yates Cunningham, and D'Brickashaw Ferguson ... named ACC Rookie of the Week for the Duke contest on Sept. 24, just the third game of his career ... earned his first letter.
HIGH SCHOOL: Didn't begin playing football until his junior year in 2002 ... was a basketball standout before taking up football ... spent the 2004 season as an offensive tackle for coach Robert Prunty at Hargrave Military Academy ... 4 stars by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... No. 12 Prep School player by Rivals.com ... rated the No. 38 offensive lineman in the country by Scout.com ... anchored both the offensive and defensive lines for coach Brad Wilson at Glen Burnie HS ... named first-team All-Met offensive lineman by the Baltimore Sun as a senior ... also earned first-team All-Anne Arundel County honors by the Baltimore Sun in 2003 ... made 65 tackles as a senior ... also played basketball and averaged 15.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game as a season ... earned second-team All-Met by the Baltimore Sun ... scored nine points for the Baltimore All-Stars at the Marines Charm City Challenge.
PERSONAL: Branden B. Albert ... born 11-4-84 in Rochester, N.Y. ... son of Susan Albert ... has an older brother, Ashley, and an older sister, Sylvia.