POSITION: Right tackle
Highlights: A three-year offensive line starter, Alexander was a second-team all-conference pick by the league’s coaches at left guard last fall — just two seasons after the Buford, Georgia, native earned second-team Freshman All-America honors at right tackle. All told, the 6-foot-6, 320-pounder (down from 335 last year) has shown great versatility in starting 34 games since joining the program in 2012. Alexander, who is moving back outside to right tackle for his senior season, has been an integral part of a line that’s had a 100-yard rusher in 18 of his 34 career starts — including nine in his first season at left guard in 2013 and six last season. During his time with the team, LSU has averaged 200.2 rushing yards per game and 4.7 yards per attempt.
Strengths: Over the years, Alexander has proven to be a solid run blocker for the Tigers in opening holes for backs like Jeremy Hill, Kenny Hilliard, Terrence Magee and Leonard Fournette to run through. Using his long arms, Alexander has the strength and power to get into most defensive linemen quickly at the snap of the ball. “When I get on guys, to me, they’re done,” he said. Alexander also possesses exceptional foot speed for someone his size.
Must continue to: Work on his pass protection and blocking at the second level. Improving his pass protection is a key because of the move outside to tackle. Even though it’s his natural position, Alexander said he has to work hard at re-learning what he has to do to keep smaller, speedier edge pass rushers away from his quarterback.
Projection: After starting 25 games at left guard in 2013 and ’14, Alexander returns to the place it all started as a freshman. With the loss of senior left tackle La’el Collins, right tackle Jerald Hawkins switched sides and Alexander slid in at right tackle — where he started nine games as a freshman. Alexander will pair up with Hawkins to form arguably the best tackle tandem in the entire league.
OUT: LB Lamar Louis (strained pectoral).
Next three up
FRIDAY: 9:30 a.m. (veterans), 3:45 p.m. (freshmen/selected veterans).
SATURDAY: 9:20 a.m. (veterans), 3:45 p.m. (freshmen/selected veterans).
SUNDAY: 9:15 a.m. (veterans), 3:45 p.m. (freshmen/selected veterans).
“It’s a good feeling. ... Like coach Miles said, ‘It’ll be in the (LSU) Hall of Fame.’ So I’ll be in the Hall of Fame for something good.”
— CB Tre’Davious White, on being awarded jersey No. 18 for the 2015 season