Greg Alexander’s response to his struggles in the Florida game earned the respect of the Warriors

SRPD = Santa Rosa Press Democrat

About going from Santa Rosa JC to starting at Florida for UH, Greg Alexander said:
“The game was moving a lot faster, I didn’t have a complete grasp of the offense and we were playing against one of the best teams in the nation. It wasn’t a great combination.” (SRPD)

SRPD Note: “The results were predictable as Alexander, a former star at Piner High and Santa Rosa Junior College, completed 11 of 21 passes for 57 yards and tossed two interceptions in his Division I debut, a 56-10 loss to Florida. lexander was benched during the season opener and spent most of next six games languishing on the bench.

There were no guarantees that he would ever start again. But there was also no quit in Alexander, who emerged from his nightmarish beginning to regain the starting role and complete 143 of 224 passes for 1,838 yards with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions after the season-opening disaster.”

About how Rolo (UH’s QB coach) praised how Alexander responded to his struggles in the Florida game, Santa Rosa JC coach Keith Simons said:
“Nick was telling me how Greg would show up to practice every day and just work his butt off. By doing that he earned the respect of the team.” (SRPD)

About dealing with his struggles during the Florida game and being benched after the game, Greg Alexander said:
“It’s just one of those things. Crying and whining about stuff isn’t going to help you. I just kept working to get better.” (SRPD)

SRPD Note: “After managing a 2.5 GPA at Piner, Alexander was a member of the academic all-WAC team after posting a 3.6 GPA. A history major, he plans to get into coaching or go to law school when his playing career is over.”

About going from struggling in school to an academic all-WAC member, Alexander said:
“You do your work and your grades go up. I started thinking about what I wanted to do in the future and started taking things more seriously.” (SRPD)


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