A look at Tulsa's defensive line
Practices begin March 5 and end with spring game on April 6
Hurricane also has seven honorable mention and four all-freshman team selections
Tulsa returns three starters to the defensive front in 2012
Tulsa -- A returning letterwinner . . . 2012 - Played in all 14 games . . . totaled 19 tackles, 5.5 TFLs for -26 yards and three sacks for -20 yards . . . earned C-USA all-Freshman team accolades . . . tallied a season-high five tackles with 1.5 TFLs for -10 yards including a nine-yard sack against UTEP . . . had two solo tackles, including one sack for -10 yards, against Rice . . . totaled two stops, including one for -2 yards vs. UAB . . . had his first career tackle against Tulane . . . 2011 - Was one of several true freshmen to sit out the 2011 season due to red-shirt status . . . Overall - Missed spring drills with a foot injury . . . expected to contribute in the playing rotation . . . has good pass rush ability . . . very coachable and reliable.
High School -- Was named the Tulsa World All-State Player of the Year as a defensive end at Booker T. Washington High School . . . also played on the offensive line . . . played and started his junior and senior seasons at BT Washington High School . . . played his first two seasons at Victory Christian . . . earned Tulsa World first-team all-state and all-metro honors as a senior . . . selected to the OCA Class 5A all-state team . . . selected to The Oklahoman all-state first team as a senior . . . totaled 151 tackles and 14 sacks en route to leading his team to the Class 5A state title in 2010 . . . had 10 or more tackles in 12 of 14 games his senior season . . . collected 13 tackles and two sacks in the championship game . . . tallied 44 tackles and six sacks in four playoff games . . . was credited with 79 tackles his junior season . . . totaled 115 tackles as a sophomore in 2008 at Victory Christian . . . high school coach was Durell Hall.
Personal -- Favorite movies are Fight Club and Training Day . . . lists the Pittsburgh Steelers as his favorite NFL team . . . his favorite book is the Bible . . . favorite musician is Big K.R.I.T. . . . an old school song he has on his iPod is "Fire & Desire" by Rick James . . . his brother Dominique is a freshman at the University of Oklahoma . . . parents are Derrick Alexander, Sr. and Nicole Holman-Alexander . . . his father played football at Oklahoma State . . . majoring in business management with a minor in management information systems . . . born January 14, 1993
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