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EARTH CITY, Mo.—This isn’t exactly the path Maurice Alexander thought he’d be taking to get to the NFL, let alone the St. Louis Rams. But he’s a Ram nevertheless.
Alexander, a safety from Utah State, was selected in the 4th round by St. Louis this afternoon.
Now, his route to the NFL wasn’t exactly straight and easy. After graduating from Eureka High School he went to junior college in Arizona for a couple years before heading to Utah State.
But Alexander was kicked off the team for the 2012 season due to an incident in which he punched a teammate and charges were filed. He would spend 45 days in jail.
“It was a friend of his, and there was a push and shove and punches were thrown. There was a lawsuit filed and as a result, their university suspended him for the 2012 season. He came back here to St. Louis and worked at the Edwards Jones dome as a janitor. He cleaned up after our ball games for a year so he financially could pass the time before he was reinstated,” head coach Jeff Fisher said.
The other thing here is Alexander’s position. He spent virtually his entire career playing linebacker up until this past season. Utah State ended up moving him to safety when he returned to the team following his suspension. That’s where Alexander took off. He ended up getting the attention of the Rams along with several other teams.
Now, he’s going to be given a chance to get a lot of playing time in Gregg Williams’ new scheme the Rams will employ this season.
“(Alexander’s) a very, very talented player and has huge upside. The drills, the combine drills in the building, the football knowledge and instincts are outstanding and we’re very excited to have him. We’ll plug him in packages and he’s one of those guys that most likely is active on Sundays as a special teamer as well, immediately,” Fisher said.