Defensive end Derrick Alexander comes in at No. 33 as we continue our countdown of the Top-75 players in Florida State history. Alexander redshirted his first year on campus, but became a major contributor in his redshirt freshman year in 1992. Alexander took over a starting role in 1993 and made the most of it with 100 tackles, 5 sacks, and 8 tackles for loss. He led the team in tackles against Nebraska in the 1993 National Championship game with 11. He was named to two first team All-American teams that year. His redshirt junior season wasn’t as productive as teams started running away from his side of the line. He was named to three first team All-American teams and was named the ACC defensive player of the year.
He finished his career with 212 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks. He was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 2007.
Alexander was drafted with the 11th overall pick in the 1995 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He played in the NFL for six seasons and started 67 of the 73 games that he played in during that time. He finished his pro career with 228 tackles and 20 sacks.
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