Player in Focus: Dominique Alexander

Middle linebacker prepares for return to hometown in Game 2.

At one time, Oklahoma middle linebacker Dominique Alexander almost went to Tulsa.

In his second year with the Sooners, he’s going back to his hometown as the villain. At the very least, he hopes he can spoil the afternoon for the Golden Hurricane’s fans.

“It’s gonna be fun,” Alexander said. “… I’m going to have a big fan section there.”

This is the first time Alexander will be playing in his hometown as a collegiate athlete, and he hopes the day doesn’t disappoint. Last year, Alexander got the better of his older brother, Derrick Jr., in a 51-20 victory in Norman.

There will be just as much on the line this year – a win for either team and pride in the Alexander house.

“It's going to be fun, bragging rights in the house and just for the whole family but we're going to come out with the victory,” Alexander said.

On the field, Alexander will be important for the Sooners’ defense as it tries to control the Tulsa quick passing game. As a middle linebacker, he’ll be required to call out schemes and recognize plays before they happen because there won’t be much time to diagnosis the plays after they begin.

As a sure tackler and heavy hitter, Alexander will be key on quick slant routes to keep the big Tulsa receivers from gaining too many yards after the catch.

Chemistry with his teammates has helped him come into his leadership role.

“With eight returning starters coming back the chemistry is there,” he said. “Playing with each other so much, and at such a high level, made us go out and play hard and fast football.”

Alexander’s older brother is a starting defensive end. Like last year, his family will be split once again.

As longtime Tulsa fans, it’s hard for his family to watch him where crimson and cream. Although, his dad has found some solace in his younger son playing for the Sooners.

“It's not hard for him,” Alexander said. “Well, it is hard for him but it's not at the same time because I'm his son. He trained me as a child to play football and now I'm doing it so it's easy for him to support me in doing what I love to do.”

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