Posted On: 10/14/15 1:45 PM

Update from 10/14/15 by Alex Conover

A Division II head coach recently tweeted that “multi-sport athlete toughness translates to college b-ball.” And although that program may or may not be recruiting Albany senior Kyle Birr, he’s a kid who I think of when I think about toughness across seasons.

This fall, Birr has racked up 900+ rushing yards for an Albany team that was undefeated until Becker took them out in the final regular season game. The Huskies are waiting to find out who their opponent will be in Tuesday’s Section 6AAA semifinals, as Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta and New London-Spicer face off tonight.

I’ve never seen Birr play football, but I can imagine that he’s a gritty, tough running back — you don’t just accidentally gain 900 yards in AAA. And he’s going to play his heart out this fall, but after that, football is likely over. He’s concerned about long-term health if he keeps playing running back, and with all of the injury-related news surrounding football right now, it’s hard to blame him.

“I'm focused on football right because we have a legit chance of winning state this year,” Birr said. “Once basketball comes, that'll be my focus. I'm most

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