Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
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CAREER NOTES: Fifth-year senior and two-year letterwinner will see time in the playing rotation at defensive end . . . former walk-on earned a scholarship in the spring of 2017 . . . has nine tackles in 14 career games.
2017 SEASON (JUNIOR): Played in 11 games, including four starts . . . made his first career start vs. Bowling Green . . . also started against Western Michigan, Notre Dame and Northwestern . . . played a total of 100 snaps . . . posted one tackle at No. 11 Ohio State . . . started Western Michigan game at defensive end and posted two tackles . . . logged one stop against BGSU.
2016 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in last three games to earn his first letter . . . posted two tackles at Penn State . . . tallied three tackles, including one sack and added a fumble recovery against Ohio State, finishing second among defensive linemen and tied for fourth overall on the defense with 13 production points . . . made Spartan debut against Rutgers.
2015 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week a team-best four times (vs. Air Force, Maryland, Penn State and Iowa) . . . did not see game action.
2014 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Three-year starter on the defensive line at Lambert High School in Suwanee, Georgia . . . named team's most valuable defensive lineman his senior season in 2013 . . . participated in the 2013 Senior All-Star Chamber Bowl on Dec. 21 at Riverwood High School . . . helped lead Lambert to a 6-5 record in 2013 and a berth in the Class 6A playoffs . . . recorded 43 tackles, including 15 sacks, as a senior . . . second-team All-6A Region selection by the league's coaches and VYPE High School Sports . . . produced three tackles, including two sacks (10 yards), and forced a fumble in a 33-14 win over West Forsyth . . . registered four tackles and 2.5 sacks (15 yards) in a 41-20 victory over Chattahoochee . . . tallied seven stops against Alpharetta . . . had six tackles with two for losses against Johns Creek . . . collected three tackles, including 2.5 for losses with two sacks (10 yards), and recovered a fumble in a 24-23 win against Centennial . . . had a season-best eight stops and 3.5 tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks (10 yards), against Northview . . . also lettered in lacrosse and was a second-team all-state defenseman as a senior in 2014 by the Georgia High School Boys Coaches Council . . . team captain also was named to the First Team Forsyth County News All-County . . . son of John and Lora Alexander . . . born Sept. 7, 1995 . . . food industry management major.