What is grad transfer Terrence Alexander’s fit in the LSU secondary?
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Question of the Day: Thursday, April 12
As you’d expect, the questions in this edition revolve around the current newsmaker: graduate transfer cornerback Terrence Alexander. The New Orleans prospect is enrolling as a grad student at LSU this summer after spending the last four years at Stanford, and he will compete for the Tigers this fall in his final year of college eligibility.
Here, we are hit with a Terrence Alexander two-fer:
These questions basically go hand-in-hand.
Alexander played every game in which he was healthy during his Stanford career, though he did not start.
Being a product of the pass-happy Pac-12, Alexander has the in-game experience to compete for a starting role opposite Greedy Williams. If Alexander arrived today and the season started next month, he probably would start.
But as starved as we all are for football, that’s not how it works. The season starts in September, and Alexander arrives this summer. So too will freshman Kelvin Joseph, who has a very good shot at earning a spot in the starting lineup.
Of course, if Joseph ends up as the outside corner opposite Williams, it still creates the scenario raised by Esteban in his question. Williams could move over to start at nickel, which is the ideal position for a 5-foot-10 corner. LSU has given safeties Todd Harris and Eric Monroe playing time at the nickel position this spring. That’s in part because sophomore Kary Vincent Jr. has spent most of his time with the track team, but it also was done with an eye toward the fall. I suspect all four of the players just mentioned will get snaps at nickel this August.
Alexander shouldn’t be seen as a savior, but he does bring LSU’s secondary a lot more flexibility than it had before. Without him, just one injury to a cornerback could be catastrophic to the Tigers. Now they have some insurance, not to mention a potential starter.
It’s possible that Alexander could be an even bigger asset in LSU’s return game. He’s currently running the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4×100 events for the Stanford track team. He just didn’t have much opportunity to contribute in the Cardinal return game his first three years because the path was blocked by Christian McCaffrey — one of the most electric returners in college history.
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