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"Up Close" with Ed Alexander


A staple in the Florida Atlantic secondary, free safety Ed Alexander has started 22 games for the Owls defense over the past two seasons. The redshirt-senior has recorded a career 114 tackles and three interceptions while with the program, after walking-on in 2006.

With his best game coming last season against South Carolina, Alexander managed nine tackles on the road while helping anchor the defensive backfield. The only defensive back to start every game of the season, he finished fourth on the team in total tackles with 66. Slated to start again at the free safety position, Alexander will stride to continue this production in his final season as a scholarship athlete.

Studying Mechanical Engineering while at FAU, Alexander has one of the most difficult majors on the team. He says he has always been strong in math and honors classes taken while attending Coral Springs High School helped prepare him for college. He was an All-County mention on the gridiron at Coral Springs, and also played basketball.

Alexander recently sat down with us for “Up Close”.

Quick Hits

What is your favorite food?

“Sweet Potatoes.”

What is your pet peeve?

“Fingers down the chalk board.”

Who is your current off the field role model?

“Ed Reed. He’s like the perfect safety and he’s smart.”

What are you most proud of?

“My family and my little brother probably.  He is becoming an athlete and growing up and maturing.”

What is your major?

“Mechanical Engineering. I want to work on airplanes if I get a chance.”

What is your Faith?

“I believe in Jesus Christ.”

Line of scrimmage

What aspect of your game do you feel is your strength?

“Physicallity and smartness.”

What aspect of your game do you feel is your weakness?

“I need to work on my overall technique. Footsteps, backpedal and change of direction, all of that.”

Down the field

Besides football, what brought you to FAU?

“The engineering program that they have here and it’s close to home. I get close to home and have engineering, and I get to play against the best competition.”

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

“To win the championship and go to a big bowl game.”

What game are you looking forward to the most next season?

“All the conference games and Texas. We need to win all the conference games to win the championship and Texas is the best of the best, they played in the national championship last year.”

What do you want FAU fans to know about you personally?

“I watch a lot of movies. I like action movies like Gladiator and We Were Soldiers.”


Coming up, our next player likes to spear fish in his free time.


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