January 30, 2023

In TCU’s 65-7 dominance that gave Georgia a back-to-back College Football Playoff National Championship, the Dawgs throttled the Horned Frogs on both sides of the ball and put up for 589 yards while limiting TCU to just 188 yards a play over 25 yards or more. Georgia received contributions from both its veterans and younger stars, including freshman defensive tackle Bear Alexanderwho brought down the TCU quarterback Max Dugan twice behind the line of scrimmage.

“You never know where you’re going to be on this national stage,” Alexander said after the game. “The whole target is going to come out and gas and just come off the ball and wreck it until I can’t wreck it anymore. The whole aim is to come out and play fast.”

Alexander received the best of the sixth year TCU senior center and the SMU transfer Alan Ali He consistently pushed the 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman into the backfield throughout the game.

“I have a lot of respect for that cat, but I was able to take the advantage and take full advantage of it,” Alexander said. “We didn’t expect things to go the way they did. We expected it to be a fight. They fought all year long. We saw they were at war, so we didn’t expect it…but it happens.”

For Alexander, who was added to the dean list for the Fall 2022 semester this week, it was another big moment in his freshman year. Alexander arrived in Athens as a four-star early adopter through Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy after playing his last three seasons in Texas. Wearing the No. 99 previously worn by Jordan Davis, Alexander played in 12 games during the 2022 season, making nine tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks, two pass separations and 13 quarterback rushes.

“It was surreal,” Alexander said. “It’s been a wild freshman year. Just coming in and learning the scheme. Blowing in day in and day out. Just being able to get playtime as a freshman, not many are able to do that. Just taking full advantage of the opportunity in front of you from me. “It’s been a crazy journey just to be able to party and do something with my brothers. It’s been a long ride and the ride isn’t over yet.”

with Jalen Carter Alexander, who will leave as a likely top-5 pick and potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft, will enter his second season with his plans for an expanded role in 2023.

“I played at the back Jalen Carter,” Alexander said. ‘I’m just watching him. learn from him. My role going into next year should excel. So we’re just going to grind and prepare.”

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