JU's Brent Alexander Earns More All-America Honors in Football

Jan. 9, 2002


Jacksonville University running back Brent Alexander (Tampa, Fla.) has been voted to the 2001 Don Hansen's Football Gazette's I-AA Mid-Major All-America Second-Team, as released on Tuesday. Alexander, who was also named to The Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major All-America team, helped lead the ninth-ranked Dolphins to the Pioneer Football League Southern Division Championship in JU's first year in the league, while also leading the PFL and ranking 31st nationally with a school-record 1,089 yards in 2001. He became the first player in school history to eclipse 1,000 yards in a single season.

Alexander becomes the fifth Dolphin to earn All-America honors in the short four-year history of the JU football program, joining Justin Yowell (1998), Brett Palmi (2000), Tommy Swindell (2000) and Tyrone Wright (2001). He virtually re-wrote the Dolphins record book in 2001, including single-season (12) and career rushing touchdowns (20), and became the first player in school history to eclipse 2,000 career yards (2,090). Alexander also set school records for points in a season (72) and a career (120), and finished the year third in the PFL and 66th in I-AA with 6.5 points per game.

The 5-foot-7, 175-pound senior rushed for over 100 yards in 7-of-11 games during the season, including a school-record four straight from Sept. 8-Oct. 16 and three straight to end the regular season. He earned First-Team All-PFL honors after rushing for 397 yards and four touchdowns as the Dolphins went a perfect 3-0 in PFL Southern Division play.

Alexander also finished his career with 30 receptions for 229 yards, while averaging 19.8 yards per kickoff return. He played in 39-of-40 games at JU since the program was started in 1998.

JU finished the 2001 season with a 6-5 record and a No. 9 ranking in the Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Poll after losing to No. 2 Dayton in the Inaugural PFL Championship Game. It marks the first time in the four-year history of the program the Dolphins posted a winning record.