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#74 Vadal Alexander
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 320 lbs.
Class: Senior
Experience: 3 Letters
City/State: Buford, Ga.
High School: Buford HS
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Born: 03/23/1994
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Vadal Alexander Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 05/20/2015

2014 All-SEC Second Team (Coaches)
2014 SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week vs. Florida
2012 Freshman All-America Second Team (Scout.com)
2012 Freshman All-SEC (Coaches)

The most experienced player on the offensive side of the ball for LSU in 2014 as he goes into what will be his fourth year as a starter … Goes into senior season in line for both SEC and National honors as one of the top offensive linemen in the league … Earned second team All-SEC recognition in 2014 … Opted to bypass NFL Draft and return to LSU for his senior season in 2015 … Expected to shift to right tackle this year after starting 25 games at left guard in 2012 and 2013 … For career, has played in 38 games with 34 starts (25 at left guard, 9 at right tackle) … LSU has had a 100-yard rusher in 18 of his 34 starts, including nine in 2013 and six in 2014 … Overpowers defensive linemen with size and strength … Powerful run blocker who also excels in pass protection … Pressed into action due to injuries as a true freshman in 2012 and made the most of his opportunity, starting the final nine games that year at right tackle … Wears No. 74, the same number he wore in high school … Had streak of 32 consecutive starts snapped last year when he missed the Arkansas game in week 11 with an injury … Returned to the lineup the following week in win over Texas A&M … His 38 appearances and 34 starts is the most of any player on the team … High school teammates with current LSU starting deep snapper Reid Ferguson.

JUNIOR SEASON (2014)
Played in 12 games with 12 starts, all coming at left guard … Played alongside All-America left tackle La’el Collins to give LSU one of the most dominating guard-tackle combinations in college football … Had streak of 32 straight starts snapped when he missed the Arkansas game in week 11 … Returned to action the following week when the Tigers, behind a 384-yard rushing effort, beat Texas A&M, 23-17, in College Station … Ranked third on team in total offensive snaps with 757 and was second on team with 75.5 knockdowns … Played every snap of eight games, six SEC games and the Music City Bowl against Notre Dame … Played season-high 79 snaps with 6.5 knockdowns in win over Texas A&M … Had career-best 15.5 knockdowns as LSU racked up 406 total yards in 10-7 win over third-ranked Ole Miss … Earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for his play in LSU’s 30-27 win over Florida …Had 11 knockdowns vs. Florida as he helped pave the way for a 140-yard rushing effort by Leonard Fournette … Opened season with five knockdowns on 67 snaps in LSU’s 28-24 fourth-quarter comeback win over Wisconsin in Houston … Played all 62 snaps with seven knockdowns at Auburn; played all 81 snaps with 2.5 knockdowns in overtime loss to Alabama; and saw action on all 51 offensive snaps with 2.5 knockdowns against Notre Dame in Music City Bowl … LSU had a 100-yard rusher in six of Alexander’s 12 starts and as a team, the Tigers rushed for 250 or more yards six times with Alexander in the lineup.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013)
Played and started all 13 games for the Tigers at left guard … Played team-high 810 snaps in 2013 which included playing every snap in 10 of LSU’s 13 games … Led team with 71 knockdowns … Had perhaps best game of career against Iowa in Outback Bowl with a then career-high 13 knockdowns in 71 offensive plays in the win over the Hawkeyes … Helped pave the way for LSU running game against Iowa that racked up 220 rushing yards, including 216 by Jeremy Hill … Had nine knockdowns in back-to-back wins over Texas A&M (74 snaps) and Arkansas (71 snaps) … Played career-best 87 plays with five knockdowns in season-opening win over TCU … Played every offensive snap in road win over Mississippi State (72 plays) and home victory over Florida (60) ... LSU had at least one 100-yard rusher in nine of his 13 starts.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2012)
Played in 13 games with nine starts at right tackle … Earned Freshman All-SEC honors and second team Freshman All-America from Scout.com …Finished rookie season with 656 snaps and 49.5 knockdowns … Played every offensive snap in final nine games of the season, including 84 vs. top-ranked Alabama … First career start came in win over Towson (61 snaps, 2 knockdowns) … Followed that with first SEC start in road game against Florida (53 snaps, 3 knockdowns) … Had career-best 11.5 knockdowns in win over Ole Miss ... Followed that with team-high 7.5 knockdowns on 67 snaps in road win over Arkansas … Played outstanding overall game vs. No. 1 Alabama with 5.5 knockdowns on 84 snaps … Helped an LSU offense rack up 435 total yards (139 rushing, 296 passing) in near upset of Crimson Tide in Tiger Stadium … First extensive action of career came in win over Idaho with 32 snaps and 5 knockdowns.

HIGH SCHOOL
One of the top offensive linemen in the nation as a senior at Buford High School in 2012 … ESPN.com rated him as the nation’s fifth-best offensive lineman and No. 9 overall prospect in the state of Georgia … Ranked No. 75 nationally in the ESPNU 150 … Member of Rivals 250 as he’s rated as the nation’s No. 11 offensive tackle prospect and No. 17 overall prospect in the state of Georgia … Rated the No. 11 offensive tackle by Scout.com and is No. 78 on Scout.com’s Southeast 150 … Superprep All-America ranked him as the 29th best offensive lineman … 247sports.com rated him as nation’s No. 5 offensive lineman and is ranked as 14th-best overall prospect in Georgia … Participated in the Under Armor All-American game … Consensus four-star prospect … Ranked No. 64 on the Press-Register Super Southeast 120 … Earned Georgia AA All-State first team honors as a junior and senior … Coached by Jess Simpson.

PERSONAL
Parents are Rhonda and James Alexander … Born on March 23, 1994, in New Orleans, La. and moved to Georgia at age three … Graduated from high school in December of 2011 and enrolled at LSU for the 2012 spring semester … Participated in spring football at LSU in 2012 ... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.

 

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