Utah State all-conference safety Maurice Alexander became the sixth Aggie, including the third defensive back, selected in the NFL Draft in the past four years as he was taken in the fourth round with the 110th overall pick by his hometown St. Louis Rams.
Overall, Utah State has now had 117 players selected in the NFL Draft.
Alexander is the seventh Aggie ever to be drafted by the Rams organization joining back Jay Van Noy in 1950, center Mike Connelly in 1959, offensive guard Bill Meglen in 1959, defensive tackle Merlin Olsen in 1962, quarterback Bill Munson in 1964 and wide receiver Kevin Curtis in 2003.
Alexander will join nine other former Aggies who are currently on NFL rosters. Defensive back Jarrett Bush is with the Green Bay Packers, defensive back Will Davis is with the Miami Dolphins, wide receiver Chuck Jacobs is with the San Francisco 49ers, defensive back Curtis Marsh is with the Philadelphia Eagles, offensive tackle Donald Penn is with the Oakland Raiders, running back Michael Smith is with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, running back Robert Turbin and linebacker Bobby Wagner are with the Seattle Seahawks, and running back Kerwynn Williams is with the San Diego Chargers.
Alexander, a 6-foot-2, 211-pounder from St. Louis, Missouri (Eureka HS/Arizona Western College), earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors as he started 13 straight games as a senior before missing the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl with an injury. He recorded a career-high 11 tackles in the 2013 season opener at Utah to go along with a career-high 1.5 sacks and a career-best two pass breakups. Overall, he had eight or more tackles in five games during the season and intercepted his first career pass against San José State. He also forced fumbles in back-to-back games against BYU and Boise State, and he recovered his first career fumble at No. 24 Fresno State in the inaugural Mountain West Championship game.
Alexander concluded his senior season ranking 32nd in the Mountain West and first among safeties with 6.2 tackles per game as he ranked fourth on the team with 80 total tackles (40 solo, 40 assist) and fourth in tackles for loss with 9.0. He was also fourth on the team with 3.5 sacks and fourth with six pass breakups, while his two forced fumbles tied for first on the team.
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Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.