Super 30: Dominique Alexander takes one for the team

Tulsa Washington standout will play defensive end this season, despite the fact he has committed to Arkansas as a safety.
by Scott Wright Published: July 10, 2012
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photo - Booker T. Washington quarterback Dominique Alexander (11) dodges a sack attempt by East Central's Kimmee Carson (7) at S.E. Williams Stadium, on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World
Booker T. Washington quarterback Dominique Alexander (11) dodges a sack attempt by East Central's Kimmee Carson (7) at S.E. Williams Stadium, on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World

Dominique Alexander could have said no.

He could have told his coaches and teammates that his college future was at safety, and that's where he needed to play — not on the defensive line.

But Alexander wants to win, and Tulsa Washington has other athletes to plug into secondary positions. The Hornets don't, however, have a lot of hard-hitting, ultrafast athletes to rush the quarterback or help contain the run game.

“To me, it was a question of, what are you gonna do to help your team win?” Alexander said. “We were thin at the defensive end position. You've got to humble yourself. It was the best position for me on the team, so it was an easy decision.”

Besides, Alexander did enough work in the offseason to make sure his college destination was set, verbally committing to Arkansas in mid-June.

New coach Marvin Dantzler had no hesitation in moving Alexander up front.

“First, he's a great athlete,” said Dantzler, who coached John Marshall to state track championships in 2010 and 2011. “He's very intelligent and has a football background. I want to get the best 11 players on the field. He's very unselfish, and our whole team has the attitude that if we win, we all benefit.”

Alexander got some experience at defensive end during spring practice, but that was a hectic time, thanks to recruiting.

“Coaches would come watch me at practice, and they'd want to see me play safety,” he said. “Then some were looking at me as a linebacker, so I'd have to do that. Then some wanted to see me at receiver. Then we'd go to our team drills and I'd be at defensive end.”

He has plenty of advice about how to play defensive end readily available. His father, Derrick Alexander Sr., played defensive end at Oklahoma State, and his older brother, Derrick Jr., is currently playing the position at Tulsa.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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No. 12: Dominique Alexander

School: Tulsa Washington

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 195 pounds

Position: Defensive back

Committed to: Arkansas on June 19

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