Alexander Gets Sixth Year, Nine Tigers Off to Combine

POSTED: Friday, February 6, 2009 - 9:38pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:57pm

LSU defensive tackle Charles Alexander has been granted a sixth year of eligibility, the NCAA announced this week. Alexander, who missed all but one game in 2005 and 11 of the Tigers’ 14 games during the 2007 national championship run, formally applied for an extension of his five year clock in early January. After reviewing Alexander’s documentation, the NCAA granted the additional year of eligibility. “We are very happy that the NCAA ruled in favor of Charles,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “He deserved to get the chance to play another season at the collegiate level. He will be a big part of our defense next year so we’re glad to get him back.” Alexander is the only returning starter on the defensive front for the Tigers as he played in 13 games with eight starts in 2008. Alexander recorded 24 tackles, including one sack for the Tigers last year. For his career, Alexander has played in 28 games, starting 16 times. He has 58 career tackles to go with 4.5 tackles for losses and 3.5 sacks. His best season with LSU came in 2006 when he registered 28 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 12 games for the Tigers. Alexander and the rest of the Tigers will start spring practice on March 12 with the annual spring game slated for April 18 in Tiger Stadium.
Nine former LSU football players have been invited to participate in the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine, which takes place later this month at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The annual NFL Scouting Combine is the annual job fair for prospective new NFL players. For six days at Lucas Oil Stadium, players are put through a series of drills, tests and interviews with more than 600 NFL personnel including head coaches, general managers and scouts. Headlining the list of invitees to the NFL Combine include All-America offensive lineman Herman Johnson, defensive end Tyson Jackson and fullback Quinn Johnson. Other Tigers headed to the NFL Combine include: center Brett Helms, wide receiver Demetrius Byrd, linebacker Darry Beckwith, safety Curtis Taylor and defensive tackles Marlon Favorite and Ricky Jean-Francois. Mike Mayock of the NFL.com has Jackson rated as the No. 1 defensive end prospect in the draft, followed by Quinn Johnson as the No. 2 rated fullback, Beckwith the No. 3 ranked inside linebacker and Herman Johnson the No. 5 rated offensive guard. The NFL Draft will be held April 25-26 in New York City. LSU has had at least one player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft for five straight years. Last year, Glenn Dorsey was the fifth overall pick in the draft and he was one of seven Tigers taken in the NFL Draft. Since Les Miles’ arrival in 2005, LSU has had a total of 19 players selected in the NFL Draft, including six first round picks.