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Shaun Alexander
Shaun Alexander

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Florence, Ky.

High School:
Boone County

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 220

Position:
Tailback

Experience:
3VL



School Record-Holder - Most Yards in a Game (291) School Record-Holder - Most TDs in a Game (5) 1998 First-Team All-SEC (Birmingham News) 1998 Second-Team All-SEC (Coaches, AP) 1998 SEC "Player of the Week" vs. BYU 1998 ESPN "Player of the Game" vs. BYU 1998 SEC "Player of the Week" vs. Vanderbilt 1998 ESPN "Player of the Game" vs. Auburn 1998 JP-TV "Player of the Game" vs. Vanderbilt 1998 JP-TV "Player of the Game" vs. Miss. State 1996 Freshman All-SEC (Knoxville News) 1996 SEC "Player of the Week" vs. LSU 1996 National "Player of the Week" vs. LSU 1996 College Football Hall of Fame "Player of the Week" vs. LSU 1996 ESPN "Player of the Game" vs. LSU

The leading returning rusher in the SEC, Shaun comes back for a senior campaign he hopes will be of record setting proportions and one that could lead to becoming Alabama's first Heisman Trophy winner. He needs just 1,238 yards to become the Tide's all-time rusher. He received his first undergraduate degree in Marketing in the spring and returns this fall working on his second degree in Advertising. Shaun has been a prominent speaker at high schools and churches around the state. He was a preseason Football News All-SEC pick and was selected by The Sporting News as the nation's sixth- best running back.

1998 (Junior): A starter at tailback in every game, Shaun rushed for 1,178 yards and 13 touchdowns. He added another 385 yards on 26 receptions and four TDs. He set the school record for touchdowns in a game in the season opener against Brigham Young when he had five rushing TDs. Shaun went on to finish ranked in the following Alabana single-season categories: Total Offense - Touchdowns: tied 4th (17); Rushing Rushes: 2nd (258); Yards Gained: 4th (1,178) Scoring - Points: 3rd (102); Touchdowns: 2nd (17). He had a season-best 206 yards rushing and three TDs on 20 carries against Vanderbilt. Alexander closed the season rushing for over 100 yards in six games. His 13 rushing TDs led the SEC and he added another four receiving TDs on 26 receptions for 385 yards. He had five receptions for 110 yards and a TD against Mississippi State. Alexander scored three TDs in the season finale against Auburn, the third time he scored three or more TDs in a game during the season. In a loss to Mississippi State, Shaun had a career-best five receptions for 110 yards and one TD and added 60 yards rushing to finish with 170 all-purpose yards. Against Southern Miss, he had a career-high 36 carries for 141 yards and his 206 yards rushing against Vanderbilt was third-best in the SEC this season. He had 14 plays of 20 yards or more, seven of which were touchdowns.

1997 (Sophomore): Shaun missed two games (LSU and Mississippi State) due to injuries and finished the season with 415 yards and three TDs on 90 carries. He had another 37 yards on four receptions. His best game was the season opener against Houston when he had 96 yards and one TD on 11 carries. He had 66 yards in back-to-back games against Southern Miss and Kentucky and then had 65 yards on 13 carries in the season finale against Auburn.

1996 (Freshman): Exploded on the scene in the LSU game when he set a school record with 291 yards rushing on just 20 carries. He also tied a school record in that game when he scored four touchdowns. He played in 12 games and rushed 77 times for 589 yards and six TDs. Against LSU, he scored on runs of 17, 73, 72 and 12 yards en route to his record-setting night. He was named "SEC Offensive Player of the Week" following that game. Shaun came back the next week against Mississippi State and added 106 yards and one TD on 15 carries. For the season, he also had seven receptions for 53 yards.

1995: (Redshirted)

Prep: The Player of the Year as a senior in Kentucky, Shaun rushed for 3,166 yards and 54 touchdowns. He had 2,401 yards rushing and 42 TDs as a junior and amassed 6,657 yards (9th nationally) and 110 (5th nationally) touchdowns during his prep career. A Parade and USA Today All-America, Shaun was an honor student (3.5 GPA) and president of his senior class. He twice led Boone County High School to the Class 4A championship. Boone finished 14-1 his senior season. He played for coach Owen Hauck.

Personal: The son of Carol and Curtis Alexander, Shaun was president of his class from the 9th through the 12th grade. He credits his parents and brother, Durran, a Notre Dame graduate who played quint drums in the Irish's marching band, for providing leadership and guidance throughout his high school career. Born 8-30-77. He is pursuing a second undergraudate degree in Advertisting.

Shaun Alexander Stats
Year G Rush Yds TD Avg. Long Rec Yds Avg. TD
1996 11 77 589 6 7.6 73 7 53 7.6 0
1997 9 90 415 3 4.6 27 4 37 9.3 0
1998 11 258 1178 13 4.6 44 26 385 14.8 4
Totals 31 425 2182 22 5.1 73 37 475 12.8 4

Shaun Alexander Career Bests
Rushes: 36 (vs. USM, 1998)
Rushing Yards: 291 (vs. LSU, 1996)*
Long Rush: 73 (vs. LSU, 1996)
Rushing Touchdowns: 5 (vs. BYU, 1998)+
Receptions: 5 (vs. Miss. St., 1998)
Receiving Yards: 110 (vs. Miss. St., 1998)
Long Reception: 43 (vs. Auburn, 1998)

* Alabama single-game rushing record + School record

CURRENT SCHOOL RECORDS

  • Most Yards Rushing in a Game:

    291 vs. LSU, 1996

  • Most Touchdowns Rushing in a Game:

    5 vs. BYU, 1998

CAREER 200-YARD GAMES

  • 4 Bobby Humphrey (284, 220, 217, 204)

  • 2 Shaun Alexander (291, 206)

  • 1 Bobby Marlow (233); Johnny Musso (221);

    Harry Gilmer (216); Siran Stacy (211)

CAREER 100-YARD GAMES

  • 15 Bobby Humphrey (1985-88)

  • 12 Sherman Williams (1991-94)

  • 9 Siran Stacy (1989-91)

  • 9 Johnny Musso (1969-71)

  • 9 Bobby Marlow (1950-52)

  • 8 Shaun Alexander (1996-Current)

  • 7 Dennis Riddle (1994-97)

  • 7 Johnny Davis (1974-77)

  • 6 Ricky Moore (1981-84)

  • 5 Murry Hill (1988-89)

Here is a look at Alexander's standings in Alabama's record charts as he heads into the 1999 season:

RUSHING

  • Game Carries: T4th (36) Yards: 1st (291; 9th 206) Avg. Gain Per Rush (20 atts): 1st (14.6); 2nd (10.3)

  • Season Carries: 2nd (258) Yards: 4th (1,178)

  • Career Carries: 8th (425) Yards: 8th (2,182) Avg. Gain Per Rush (400 atts): 4th (5.1)

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

  • Game

    Touchdowns: 1st (5); T2nd (4)

SCORING

  • Game Points: 1st (30); T2nd (24)
  • Season Points: 3rd (102)
GAME-BY-GAME
WITH ALEXANDER
OPP RUSH/YDS/TD REC/YDS/TD
1998
BYU 26/115/5 1/4/0
Vanderbilt 20/206/3 2/0/0
Arkansas 21/48/0 3/9/0
Florida 16/57/0
Ole Miss 22/125/0 3/72/1
East Carolina 22/86/1 2/32/0
Tennessee 26/132/1 1/6/0
Southern Miss 36/141/0 2/33/0
LSU 22/109/0 4/60/1
Miss. State 20/60/1 5/110/1
Auburn 27/99/2 3/59/1
1997
Houston 11/96/1
Vanderbilt 6/22/1 1/14/0
Arkansas 7/14//0
Southern Miss 16/66/0 1/3/0
Kentucky 14/66/0
Tennessee 8/35/0 2/20/0
Ole Miss 5/51/0
La. Tech 0/0/0
LSU DNP
Miss. State DNP
Auburn 13/65/1
1996
Bowling Green 6/19/0
Southern Miss DNP
Vanderbilt 5/13/0
Arkansas 0/0/0
Kentucky 9/54/1 2/46/0
N.C. State 3/16/0
Ole Miss 3/34/0
Tennessee 2/8/0
LSU 20/291/1
Miss. State 15/106/1
Auburn 12/43/0
Florida 2/5/0 3/4/0

     
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