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Former FSU great Derrick Alexander now coaching at Bishop McLaughlin

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Thu. May 12, 2011 | Bryan Burns

Bishop McLaughlin has hired former Florida State University standout defensive lineman Derrick Alexander as an assistant football and basketball coach for the upcoming school year.

Alexander played in ten games for the Seminoles during his redshirt freshman season in 1992 before exploding onto the scene as a sophomore in 1993 and recording 100 tackles and eight tackles for a loss, both second-most on the team. Alexander had 11 tackles against Nebraska in the Orange Bowl that season to propel Florida State to the national championship.

As a junior at FSU, Alexander was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year.

Alexander entered the NFL draft following his junior season and was the 11th overall pick after the Minnesota Vikings selected him in the first round. Alexander played four seasons with the Vikings and spent one more season with the Cleveland Browns before retiring. His most productive year came in his final season with the Vikings (1998), when he started all 16 games and recorded 7.5 sacks and 37 tackles.

The Jacksonville native was inducted into the Florida State Hall of Fame in 2007.

Alexander will coach the defensive line for the Bishop McLaughlin football team and will serve as the Hurricanes' junior varsity basketball head coach in the winter.

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