By Mark Newman
When the Memphis team in The Alliance of American Football signed Donnie Alexander to a new contract, one of his first official acts was to ask a former Louisiana State teammate for some advice.
“Honestly, this is going to be my first time going to Memphis,” Alexander said. “I don’t know too much about the place, but what I remember from my partner Big Frank, who played at LSU with me, it’s a good place to play, a good city.”
“Big Frank” is Frank Herron, a Memphis native who was one of the final preseason cuts by the New England Patriots and subsequently added to the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad and then released on Sept. 11. Memphis residents jumped in on Alexander’s Twitter comments, recommending several barbecue joints.
As fans get to know the large battalion of former LSU players who will be preparing for The Alliance’s inaugural season starting a week after the Super Bowl, they will no doubt notice Alexander. He is from New Orleans and has Mardi Gras style and panache.
As a senior inside linebacker last season, Alexander was a sartorial superstar, starting the “suit n sack” tradition by wearing a suit with a peacock as he came off the team bus. The 2018 Tigers are continuing his tradition, while Alexander gets to know his own new town and people.
“I’m extremely excited about it because this has given me another opportunity to reach my ultimate goal,” Alexander said in his “Meet The Alliance” video selfie.
Alexander wears some familiar LSU gear in the video, keeping him connected to heady college days. As a senior, he registered 51 tackles (12 alone in a win over Arkansas), one sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He missed the bowl games against Notre Dame (shoulder). Now he will be playing for one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history, Memphis coach Mike Singletary.
“I’m just eager to get started,” Alexander said.
Other former LSU players around him will include quarterback Zach Mettenberger, running back Kenny Hilliard, tight end Colin Jeter, defensive end Deondre Clark and kicker Josh Jasper.