Countdown 2007: Websider Impact Players - #10

Aggie Websider continues its look at 25 players who can make the biggest impact for the Aggies this year. These rankings are not based on talent, but rather, what contributions can be made by individuals to put Texas A&M back among the nation's elite programs. Senior FB Chris Alexander kicks off the Top-10 at No. 10.

If you're a regular on premium A&M sports websites, you've seen Michael Goodson's touchdown run against Texas last year. You've also seen Stephen McGee's game-winning touchdown run in that same 12-7 win in Austin, but what most casual A&M fans didn't notice was that the same player made the key block on both plays—A&M fullback Chris Alexander, who is No. 10 on the list of 2007 Websider Impact Players.

What he's done so far

Alexander came off the bench as a redshirt freshman in 2004 and ran for 45 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, and played on special teams as well. In 2005, Alexander continued to carry the ball sparingly with 53 yards on eight carries, including 43 yards on three carries against Clemson. He hauled in three receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore as well, showing off his soft hands.

But last year, Alexander benefited from the A&M rushing attack, making a name for himself as an unsung hero who bulldozed his way through opponents, clearing a path for Goodson and Jorvorskie Lane.

Blocking for the two heralded running backs has allowed Alexander to blossom into one of the premier blocking fullbacks in the nation, but he's also become a key go-to player in key situations as well. Alexander tallied 11 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown, along with 11 receptions for 78 yards and a team-high three touchdowns.

But the most impressive stat on Alexander's resume (well, maybe not as impressive as being named to the All-Big 12 squad last year) is his ability to deliver in the clutch, producing a first down or touchdown on 12 of 22 touches in 2006.

Why he's important

The Aggies will arguably have the best offensive line in the nation this year, which lays the foundation for a good rushing attack, but Alexander takes that rushing attack from good to great, getting out in front of the ball to make key blocks against anyone who gets in his way.

But his blocking skills aren't the only thing that makes him a key for the A&M offense. His ability to pick up tough yardage and his soft hands make him a primary target for Stephen McGee, especially when the defense is locked in on Lane and Goodson. Having a third threat coming out of the backfield makes everyone that much more dangerous.

2007 Aggie Websider Impact Players
11. Jordan Peterson, LB
12. Devin Gregg, LB
13. Alton Dixon, LB
14. Misi Tupe, LB
15. Cyril Obiozor, C
16. Cody Wallace, C
17. Matt Szymanski, PK
18. Earvin Taylor, WR
19. Kirk Elder, OL
20. Corey Clark, OL
21. Piere Brown, WR
22. Chris Yoder, OL
23. Yemi Babalola, OL
24. Kerry Franks, WR/KR
25. Justin Brantly, P

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