In fact the junior LSU linebacker from Oxford, Ala., says on the rare occasions he does trek back home he still hears plenty from both fan bases. So you can imagine he puts a premium on beating both teams when the Tigers play them, something that hasn't happened yet in Alexander's short career against the Crimson Tide.
This Saturday gives Alexander, the team's leading tackler despite missing a game, another - and possibly a final - opportunity to cross that off his to-do list. And with the way LSU's defense has stiffened against the run lately, stifling Kentucky and Ole Miss in back-to-back weeks, Alexander figures the Tigers are in prime position to face Alabama's loaded ground game.
“Just come in and go to practice, go to work," Alexander responded to a question about preparation this week. "We’ll do what we’re supposed to. We’ll listen to Chief (defensive coordinator John Chavis), and whatever Chief tells us to do we’re going to do it.
“We’re going to go out there and execute. We’re going to be good.”
Part of the reason for Alexander's optimism is improved play in the linebacking corps of late, something that can be traced back to the insertion of sophomore Kendell Beckwith into the starting lineup in the middle.
As Alexander explained it's been a great move for him and for the entire defense.
“He’s a great linebacker. Y’all can see it for yourselves," Alexander said with a smile. "He’s fast and he’s gotten a lot smarter over the weeks. He’s playing like a man. Y’all can see it. He’s going to be a great player.”
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