LSU DT Alexander to declare for NFL Draft, will sit out Fiesta Bowl

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Ed Alexander

LSU coach Ed Orgeron confirmed Wednesday that defensive tackle Ed Alexander will forgo his senior season to declare for the NFL Draft and will not play in the Tigers’ Jan. 1 game against UCF in the Fiesta Bowl.

“Ed Alexander came and talked to me,” Orgeron said in his post-practice news conference. “He’s not playing in the bowl.”

Alexander thins down even further an LSU defense that has been hurt by late-season defections. Cornerback Greedy Williams preceded Alexander in announcing he would declare for the draft and not play in the bowl, while cornerback Kristian Fulton and defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko are out with late-season injuries.

“We’re very thin at defensive line,” Orgeron said. “We’re very thin at cornerback. Those things happen and we’ve got to deal with it.”

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