Kupono Albino is a 5’9″, 210 pound, class of 2024 running back for the Seward High School Seahawks football team in Seward, Alaska. Seward plays in the Denali Conference, a nine-man league, and is a big reason why the Seahawks are 5-0 on the season, outscoring opponents 221-60. Kupono is more of a speedster than a big, bruising running back, and uses his speed to get to the outside and into open space. However, he isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder and fight for extra yards either. Kupono is currently averaging 151 yards per game, 755 total, on the ground this season on just 55 carries, meaning he is picking up around 14 yards per carry! He has also scored on 15 of those carries. These numbers should entice college scouts, but none have hosted Kupono on visits or offered him a chance to play at the next level yet. Alaska is the toughest state to get recruited from, as there are no in-state college football programs, but Kupono is someone who deserves the opportunity to play college ball.
Kupono recently made our Week 3 (Alaska week 5) Gridiron Football Player of the Week countdown, coming in at number 6. This past game, Kupono carried the ball 16 times for 258 yards and 4 touchdowns, along with a 2-point conversion. Kupono also played some defense, totaling 9 tackles with 2 TFLs.
I recently had the chance to interview Kupono:
Why and at what age did you start playing football?
“I started playing at 14 years old because there is only football in highschool.”
Have you always played your current position, or did you play a different position growing up?
“No, freshman year I played o-line because we did not have that many people. So I had to play o-line.
What sets you apart from everyone else on the field?
“I always fight for extra yards.”
What is your favorite accomplishment so far in your football career?
“Winning the fish bowl against our rivals, Nikiski.”
What is your favorite memory of playing football so far?
“This whole season.”
How do you balance athletics and academics?
“We always have a mandatory study hall before practice.”
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced on the field?
“Nikiski is always a big challenge to play against.”
Is there a certain player you try to model your game after?
How do you stay physically fit outside of football?
“I play Other sports, and the local gym.”
What are you hoping to achieve this season?
“Undefeated state champs.”
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned playing football?
“Hard work pays off.”
How do you prepare for big games?
“I like listening to music and keeping to myself before kickoff.”
What type of play style do you have?
“I like to truck my defenders. than try to evade them.”
Lastly, who is the biggest role model in your life?
“My Mom, she’s always supportive and I am very grateful for everything she does.”