2012 Freshman All-America Second Team (Scout.com)
2012 Freshman All-SEC (Coaches)
Enters third year as a starter on the offensive line for the Tigers in 2013 … One of four returning starters up front for LSU this year … Will likely be in line for post-seasons as he’s one of the most experienced and productive offensive guards in the SEC … Pressed into action due to injuries as a true freshman in 2012 and made the most of his opportunity … Overpowers defensive lineman with size and strength … Powerful run blocker who also excels in pass protection … Has played in 26 games with 22 starts (13 at left guard, 9 at right tackle) during his career, which includes 13 appearances and nine starts as a true freshman … Switches numbers from No. 78 to No. 74 this year, which is the number he wore in high school … Goes into 2014 riding as streak of 22 straight starts on the offensive line, the longest current streak of any LSU offensive lineman … High school teammates with current LSU starting deep snapper Reid Ferguson.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.