A sprained Auston English knee gave Alexander the opportunity to start as a freshman late in the season, but the All-Big 12 defensive end enters his senior season back atop the depth chart.
"I look up to Auston, because me and him are basically in the same situation,” Alexander said. "We had a crutch, and we got back up and went from there.”
Whatever Alexander’s role becomes, McCoy says it doesn’t matter. Alexander will see the field, and when he does, he’ll make an impact on a defensive line that’s among the most talented and deep in college football.
Whether that impact comes as a starter or a reserve is irrelevant.
"When you have to double team one or two of our defensive linemen, it makes our job extremely easy,” said Lewis, who led Oklahoma with 144 tackles in 2008. "You guys see the tackles we make, but you don’t see what happens up front.”
Alexander says he’s lost a few pounds in the offseason and is down to a more toned 252 pounds filling out his 6-foot, 4-inch frame. Last season, he learned how unpredictable the future could be. He’s hesitant to forecast what his sophomore season will bring. Not everyone is quite so coy.
"He could do bigger than I did,” McCoy said.
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