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Defensive End
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 265
Year: Senior
City/State: Bronx, N.Y.
High School: Mt. St. Michael Aca.
Experience: 3 Letters


2005: Listed as a starter at defensive end ... fifth-year senior ... preseason Third Team All-ACC choice by Athlon Sports ... returns to the gridiron after missing the final nine games of the 2004 season ... suffered broken leg in week two at Connecticut ... after a breakout season in 2003 with 18.5 tackles for loss, appeared ready to emerge into one of the ACC’s top defensive ends ... could play a big role in Duke’s defense this fall ... did not participate in contact drills during spring practice ... begins the year as Duke’s active leader in games played (37), tackles for loss (19.5) and quarterback sacks (7.5) ... post-season honors candidate and professional prospect ... has gained 25 pounds over the past 10 months ... possesses big play potential on every snap ... one of the program’s leaders after serving as team captain in 2004.

Played in and started the first two games of the year before suffering a season-ending leg injury against Connecticut ... injury occurred while blocking downfield on teammate John Talley’s 62-yard interception return for a touchdown ... received a medical redshirt ... served as a team captain ... credited for nine total tackles, one sack, one caused fumble and one fumble recovery ... had eight stops with one quarterback sack in the season-opener at Navy ... provided the Blue Devils with a possession by forcing and recovering a fumble by Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco ... turnover led to a Matt Brooks field goal.

Started all 12 contests following a permanent move to defensive end ... one of six Duke players selected to the Academic All-ACC Team ...  after totalling 35 tackles in his first two years, recorded 59 total stops with a team-leading 18.5 tackles for loss ... tackles for loss total ranked third in the ACC and matches the third best single-season total in Duke history ... also racked up 6.5 sacks, two caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries, eight quarterback hurries and five pass breakups ... was eighth in the league in sacks ... against Northwestern, had a career-high 10 tackles including five for loss ... one week later versus Florida State, picked up nine tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks and two fumble recoveries ... logged six tackles against both Rice and Clemson.

Saw action in all 12 games, earning a starting assignment versus Louisville ... played both linebacker and defensive end ... finished the year with 10 tackles including a season-high four versus Louisville.

Saw action in all 11 games, starting against Maryland ... finished the year with 25 tackles — 17th-most on the club ... picked up a season-high six stops in the Northwestern contest and added five tackles at Maryland ... added three-tackle days versus Florida State, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and North Carolina ... recorded pass breakups against both N.C. State and North Carolina.

Prior to Duke:
Named all-league in football as a senior ... earned All-Bronx honors from The New York Daily News in 2000 ... played in the Catholic High School Football League Senior Bowl ... as a senior, had 93 tackles, 12 sacks and one interception ... also had 10 pass receptions for 415 yards and five TDs ... played football for Mario Valentini ... also participated in basketball and track and field ... member of the National Honor Society.

Majoring in public policy studies ... son of Cleodora Alexander ... born June 1, 1983 in St. Louis, Mo.
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