Feature story on Greg Alexander

HA Note: “University of Hawai’i linebacker Jake Heun wears a mohawk, sports a tattoo that says “animal” over the right side of his chest and sneers at quarterbacks who “wear special little jerseys that say: ‘Don’t hit me.’ ” So, when Heun talked up incoming quarterback Greg Alexander’s toughness this time last year, people immediately took note.”

Jake Heun sacked Greg Alexander twice in a 2007 JC playoff game and said that he was:
“impressed with his pocket presence. A lot of quarterbacks, when you start banging on them, shy away or start yelling at their linemen. Not (Alexander).” (HA)

HA Note: “Perhaps no quarterback in UH history suffered as many sacks (32 in nine games) per amount of playing time as Alexander did last year. Even Dan Robinson, who sustained the hardest knocks in UH’s 0-12 season of 1998, had 31 in 12 games.”

HA Note: “Part of the problem last year was recognition and mechanics. Not surprisingly for a first year, he sometimes didn’t know the offense well enough, read the defenses fast enough or get the ball off quickly enough. Too often footwork and the double — and triple — pump were a downfall.”

About how Greg Alexander is better this season, QB coach Nick Rolovich said:
“He’s so much better at being able to feel the pocket. He’s getting better at using his eyes as a weapon, but mainly, making the decisions and getting the ball off. A lot of that is pre-snap recognition.

He did a lot of good things last year but he missed a lot, also. He knows that.” (HA)



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