BATON ROUGE -- LSU defensive tackle Charles Alexander has been granted a sixth-year of eligibility, the NCAA announced this week.
Alexander, who missed all but one game in 2005 and 11 of the Tigers’ 14 games during the 2007 national championship run, formally applied for an extension of his five-year clock in early January. After reviewing Alexander’s documentation, the NCAA granted the additional year of eligibility.
“We are very happy that the NCAA ruled in favor of Charles,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “He deserved to get the chance to play another season at the collegiate level. He will be a big part of our defense next year so we’re glad to get him back.”
Alexander is the only returning starter on the defensive front for the Tigers as he played in 13 games with eight starts in 2008. Alexander recorded 24 tackles, including one sack for the Tigers last year.
For his career, Alexander has played in 28 games, starting 16 times. He has 58 career tackles to go with 4.5 tackles for losses and 3.5 sacks. His best season with LSU came in 2006 when he registered 28 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 12 games for the Tigers.
Alexander and the rest of the Tigers will start spring practice on March 12 with the annual spring game slated for April 18 in Tiger Stadium.