Season OU 11: No. 5 LB Dominique Alexander

Sophomore middle linebacker takes mental steps in development to lead Oklahoma in tackles.

For the next 10 days Sooners Illustrated will count down the top 11 players of the season for Oklahoma as voted by Bob Przybylo and Justin Hite during the season.

No. 5 linebacker Dominique Alexander (49 points)

Consistently consistent. That’s what Alexander was this season.

After finishing with 80 tackles last season, Alexander will surpass the 100-tackle mark in the bowl game this year.

He’s at 98 tackles right now and never had fewer than five tackles in the final 11 games of the season. He had fewer than seven tackles only twice in the final 11 games and concluded the regular season with a total three double-digit tackle games, including and 18-tackle performance against Baylor.

Alexander was much more instinctive in his second year as Oklahoma’s starting middle linebacker, and for a 6-foot, 227-pound, he still has to put on weight to be a dominant middle linebacker.

He has everything a defensive coordinator would want mentally from his defensive captain.

“Confidence is all about believing in yourself,” Alexander said before the Beldam game, where he chased Oklahoma State running back Tyreek Hill from sideline to sideline. “With the experience that we both have bene getting, we just do things faster. We can play more aggressive and play more loosely.”

No player finished in the OU 11 more consecutive weeks than Alexander, who stretched his team-high streak to nine straight games and finished in the top 11 in 10 of the final 11 games of the season.

Aside from his improving instincts, Alexander showed late in the year than he can be productive behind the line of scrimmage. Alexander finished the season with 6.5 tackles for loss 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries.

He had all of his sacks during the final quarter of the season and showed effectiveness run blitzing as the season wore on and Oklahoma needed more of a push in the middle of its defense.

“Dominique plays like a guy who's been playing his whole life,” Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said earlier this year. “There's nothing he doesn't see or can't adjust to on the field. He's very smart and very instinctive.”

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