Not too many players will push through a major injury during spring ball. LSU inside linebacker Donnie Alexander wouldn’t have it any other way.
The senior from New Orleans is playing this spring with a torn labrum in his shoulder, according to The Advocate. Alexander was expected to practice and undergo surgery after spring workouts, and he was supposed to be limited. That’s not the case.
“I’m going full,” he said. “I’m all out. I’m doing as much as I can right now.”
Alexander will undergo surgery on April 22, which will give him plenty of recovery time. LSU guard Will Clapp had the same procedure in the middle of January, and he was practicing in a limited fashion 10 weeks later.
For Alexander, his presence on the field outweighed the recovery time anyway. LSU is installing a new defense, so Alexander wanted to be able to learn it all spring. Plus, practicing provides him a chance to teach younger players.
He’s clearly a linebacker that LSU will look to for leadership this season. The Tigers only possess two scholarship players at inside linebacker.
Through the first few weeks of the spring, Alexander is passing the leadership test with flying colors.