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#4 D.J. Alexander
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 229
Year: Junior
Hometown: Palm Desert, Calif.
High School: Palm Desert HS
Experience: 2 Letters
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D.J. Alexander Biography
Career stats Career stats
2013 Game-by-Game Statistics 2013 Game-by-Game Statistics
2012 Game-by-Game Statistics 2012 Game-by-Game Statistics
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics 2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
Courtesy: Athletic Communications
Release: 07/16/2013

2013: A legitimate postseason honors candidate … handles duties for the Beavers at “Sam” linebacker … excellent athlete with speed and range; in a mold that has been successful for Beaver linebackers in the past. 2012: D.J. won the vacant starting spot at strongside linebacker during the spring … registered seven tackles, including two tackles-for-loss, in OSU’s season-opening upset of then-No. 13 Wisconsin – earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week in his first career start … notched career-high 14 tackles against Oregon … fifth on the team with 58 tackles and third for tackles-for-loss with seven … forced a fumble against Washington. 2011: D.J. sprained his right elbow in the first fall scrimmage and was unable to return to the field in time for the start of the season … one of 10 true freshmen to play in 2011, an Oregon State record … made college debut against UCLA and made a tackle on kickoff coverage on his first play … made a dramatic impact as a special teams demon … tied for the team lead with eight special teams tackles … played a bit at outside linebacker in a back-up role … set a season-high with five tackles against BYU, including a quarterback sack … recorded four tackles in the Civil War … enrolled at Oregon State in winter term and thus was considered a greyshirt.

PALM DESERT: D.J. played both linebacker and receiver at Palm Desert … co-Desert Valley League MVP as a senior after making 118 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks … All-CIF Eastern Division twice … team captain … standout in track where he broke the school record in the 100 and 200 meters … Rivals tabbed him the 22nd best outside linebacker in the country following his senior season.

PERSONAL: Born Donell Welch on September 30, 1991 in Long Beach, California … son of Eugene and Cindy Alexander … has two siblings … changed his surname from Welch to Alexander prior to the 2012 BYU game in honor of his stepfather … majoring in human development and family science.

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