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#74 Vadal Alexander
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 329 lbs.
Class: Senior
Experience: 4 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: 02/22/2016

2016 NFL Draft: 7th round (234th overall) by Oakland Raiders
2015 All-America Second Team (Walter Camp, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated)

2015 All-America Third Team (AP)
2015 All-SEC (Coaches, AP)
2015 SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week (vs. Auburn, vs. Florida)
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)

CAREER
Four-year starter on the offensive line for LSU from 2012-15 … Played in 50 games in career, starting 46 times (25 at left guard, 21 at right tackle) … Helped LSU to a four-year record of 37-14, which included appearances in four bowl games … Participated in the 2016 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. … Had best year of career in 2015, earning second team All-America honors from Walter Camp, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated … Blocked for a 100-yard rusher in 28 of his 46 starts … LSU also had a 1,000-yard rusher in three of the four years he started on offensive line … Opted to bypass 2015 NFL Draft and return to LSU for his senior season … 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 … Had streak of 32 consecutive starts snapped in 2014 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 … For career, played 3,033 offensive snaps with 315 knockdown blocks … Named one of four permanent team captains for LSU in 2015 in a vote of the squad after the season.

SENIOR SEASON (2015)
Had best season as a Tiger, earning second team All-America honors in helping LSU to a 9-3 overall mark and a 56-27 win over Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl … Earned first team All-SEC honors from both the SEC Coaches and the Associated Press … Led Tigers in offensive snaps with 810 and was second on team with 119 knockdowns … Twice named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week in wins over Auburn and Florida … Invited to participate in the Senior Bowl in January of 2016 … Helped pave the way for an LSU offense that led the SEC in rushing with 256.8 yards per game … LSU also scored 36 rushing TDs, the second-highest total in school history … Key blocker for All-America Leonard Fournette, who set the LSU single-season rushing with 1,953 yards and 22 TDs … Fournette rushed for 100-yards or more 10 times, set the school-record with four 200-yard games and led the nation in yards per game with 162.8 yards … Allowed only two sacks all year (1 vs. Arkansas, 1 vs. Syracuse) … Played every snap in 10 of LSU’s 12 games … Missed only two offensive series all year – vs. Eastern Michigan and vs. South Carolina … Named a permanent team captain and co-offensive MVP along with Fournette for the Tigers in 2015 … Had career-best 17 knockdown blocks in home win over South Carolina … Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after recording 13 knockdowns and helping Fournette to 228 yards and three TDs in win over Auburn … Against Florida, had 13 knockdowns on his way to earning SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for a second time in 2015 … Capped career with 66 snaps and 3.5 knockdowns against Texas Tech in Texas Bowl, a game LSU set a bowl-record for the school in total offense with 638 yards.

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.