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30 Bennie Alexander
  • Cornerback
  • 5-9, 175
  • Senior
  • Raiford (Union County HS)

CAREER Played in 46 regular season games with 33 starts for 2,999 plays and also started the 1999 Orange Bowl, 2000 Citrus Bowl and 2002 Orange Bowl and played in the 2001 Sugar Bowl...Selected Honorable Mention All-America by Football News in 1998...First-Team SEC All-Freshman selection in 1998...164 career tackles and 44 "Big Plays" (three fumble recoveries, one blocked PAT, eight interceptions, one tackle behind the line (-1) and 30 pass deflections)...Returned two interceptions for touchdowns (42 yards vs. Alabama and 43 yards vs. Florida State in 1999)

2001 SEASON An experienced (35 career starts) fifth year senior who was a starter at cornerback...Ranked among the nation's top-20 cornerbacks by Lindy's in their annual preseason ratings...Starter in all 11 regular season games for 678 plays...Also started the Orange Bowl...43 tackles (29 solo) with four "Big Plays" (3 PD, TBL) on the season...43 tackles is first among Gator cornerbacks and fourth among defensive backs...Had five tackles (all solo) with one tackle behind the line (-1) in season opener vs. Marshall...Tied career-high with eight tackles vs. Georgia

2000 SEASON Played in all 12 regular season games with six starts (Ball State, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Auburn)... Also played in the Sugar Bowl...46 total tackles (33 unassisted tackles) and eight "Big Plays" (two interceptions, five pass deflections, TFL)...46 tackles was sixth most on the team and third-best for a defensive back...703 snaps was third most for a defensive back and ranked seventh on the entire team...Named to the Thorpe Award "Watch List"...Intercepted passes vs. Kentucky and LSU

1999 SEASON A starter at cornerback who was on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award (one of only two sophomores to make list)...Received UF's Big Play on Defense Award...Started all 12 games, seeing action on 1,054 plays...Also started Citrus Bowl... Rated as the 13th best cornerback and also selected a second team preseason All-SEC choice by The Sporting News preseason college football publication...52 tackles (37 solo) with 23 "Big Plays" (two fumble recoveries, one blocked kick, 15 pass deflections and five interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown vs. Alabama)...0.42 interceptions per game tied for seventh in the SEC...23 "Big Plays" was best for a defensive back and fourth overall on the team...15 pass deflections and five interceptions both led the team...Returned two of five interceptions for TDs (vs. Alabama and Florida State)...52 tackles ranked tied for sixth-best on team and third for a defensive back...Tied for third on the team in special teams tackles with nine...1,054 plays ranked first on the team...In season opener versus Western Michigan, had four tackles (three solo), one fumble recovery and a blocked PAT, as well as a team-high three special teams tackles...Against Tennessee, had eight tackles (five solo) and one pass deflection...Five tackles (three solo), two pass deflections and an interception against Kentucky along with two solo special teams tackles...Five tackles (two solo) and a 42-yard interception return for a TD versus Alabama...Three tackles (all solo) and four pass deflections against LSU...Five tackles (four solo), three pass deflections and an interception returned 43 yards for a TD against top-ranked Florida State...Co-recipient of UF's Most Reliable Award on defense during spring

1998 SEASON Played in all 11 regular season games with five starts (Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Florida State)...Also started Orange Bowl...Battled his way into a starting role at right cornerback and also played a top role with the special teams...Selected Honorable Mention All-America by Football News...Named to the Knoxville News-Sentinel SEC All-Freshmen Team...Named UF's Most Outstanding Freshman on defense...Led special teams unit with 19 tackles...23 defensive tackles with nine "Big Plays" (one fumble recovery, one interception and seven pass deflections)...Seven pass deflections ranked second for a defensive back...Made first career start vs. Auburn and had seven tackles with two pass deflections, as well as two special teams tackles, in 95 plays of action...Four tackles, a pass deflection and a fumble recovery vs. Georgia...Two tackles, four pass deflections and first career interception vs. South Carolina...Three tackles on defense and two on special teams vs. Florida State

1997 SEASON Did not see any game action and was redshirted...Worked with the scout team at cornerback

PREP Considered one of the state's top defensive backs...A first-team All-State choice in 1996 (3A) who earned All-America honors from PrepStar...Ranked among the top 20 defensive backs in the SEC region by PrepStar...Named to Florida Times-Union Area Super 24 Team...Gained recognition as a top flight defensive back but was also a standout on offense where he rushed 68 times for 815 yards (12.0 avg.) and 11 TDs with 19 catches for 375 yards (19.7 avg.) and four TDs...Two interceptions...Third-team All-State (3A) as a junior defensive back...High school coach was Robby Pruitt...Also visited Auburn and Indiana ...1997 3A State Champ in 100 and 200 meters

PERSONAL Born Bennie Lee Alexander, Jr on September 8, 1978 in Gainesville, Florida...Parents: Bennie and Shirley Alexander ...Is a cousin of former Gator wide receiver Reidel Anthony...Hobbies include running track and fixing cars...Has volunteered his time with Pop Warner football players...Favorite actor is Wesley Snipes...

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1998 14-9 23 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
1999 37-15 52 0 0 0 0 0 2 15 5
2000 33-13 46 1(-4) 0 1(-4) 0 0 0 5 2
2001 29-14 43 1 (-1) 0 1 (-1) 0 0 0 3 0
Totals 113-51 164 2(-5) 0 2(-5) 0 0 3 30 8
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