During the difficult DuBose years, Shaun Alexander distinguished himself as one of the leading running backs in Alabama history. Alexander, a native of Florence, Ky., combined power, speed, and an unmistakable elusiveness. While leading the Crimson Tide back from the brink to the 1999 SEC championship, he rushed for 1,383 yards and a school-record 19 touchdowns. In Alabama’s rout of LSU in his freshman year of 1996, Alexander stormed off the bench to rush for a school-record 291 yards. Still, he played only sporadically during his first two seasons. In his first start as a junior in 1998, Alexander scored an Alabama record five touchdowns to lead a victory over BYU. He finished as the Alabama career yardage leader (3,565) before becoming one of the most prolific backs in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks.
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