Boone County Rebels: The Player of the Year as a senior in Kentucky, Shaun rushed for 3,166 yards and 54 touchdowns. He had 2,401 yards rushing and 42 TDs as a junior and amassed 6,657 yards (9th nationally) and 110 (5th nationally) touchdowns during his prep career. A Parade and USA Today All-America, Shaun was an honor student (3.5 GPA) and president of his senior class. He twice led Boone County High School to the Class 4A championship game. Boone finished 14-1 his senior season. He played for coach Owen Hauck “The Legend”.
- 1,095 yards & 14 touchdowns
- 2,396 yards & 42 touchdowns (versus Campbell County 7 touchdowns)
- Kentucky All State running back
- Listed in “Faces in the Crowd” section of Sports Illustrated in January 1994.
- 3,166 yards & state record 54 touchdowns
- Named Kentucky’s “Mr. Football
- Named “Old Spice Athlete of the Month” by Sports Illustrated, titled “Mr.Touchdown”
- Selected All-American by Parade and USA Today‘s 1994 All USA Team
- ESPN #1 high school player of the year
- Had his high school number 37 retired a few weeks before his graduation
University of Alabama: Shaun Alexander left the University of Alabama holding 15 records, including 3,565 career rushing yards and most TDs in a Game (5), His Alabama highlights include: 1998 First-Team All-SEC (Birmingham News), 1998 Second-Team All-SEC (Coaches, AP), 1998 SEC “Player of the Week” vs. BYU, 1998 ESPN “Player of the Game” vs. BYU, 1998 SEC “Player of the Week” vs. Vanderbilt, 1998 ESPN “Player of the Game” vs. Auburn 1998, JP-TV “Player of the Game” vs. Vanderbilt, 1998 JP-TV “Player of the Game” vs. Miss. State, 1996 Freshman All-SEC (Knoxville News), 1996 SEC “Player of the Week” vs. LSU, 1996 National “Player of the Week” vs. LSU, 1996 College Football Hall of Fame “Player of the Week” vs. LSU, 1996 ESPN “Player of the Game” vs. LSU (WATCH HIGHLIGHTS FROM 1996 ALABAMA vs LSU GAME).
1996 (Freshman): Exploded on the scene in the LSU game when he set a school record with 291 yards rushing on just 20 carries. He also tied a school record in that game when he scored four touchdowns. He played in 12 games and rushed 77 times for 589 yards and six TDs. Against LSU, he scored on runs of 17, 73, 72 and 12 yards en route to his record-setting night. He was named “SEC Offensive Player of the Week” following that game. Shaun came back the next week against Mississippi State and added 106 yards and one TD on 15 carries. For the season, he also had seven receptions for 53 yards.
1997 (Sophomore): Shaun missed two games (LSU and Mississippi State) due to injuries and finished the season with 415 yards and three TDs on 90 carries. He had another 37 yards on four receptions. His best game was the season opener against Houston when he had 96 yards and one TD on 11 carries. He had 66 yards in back-to-back games against Southern Miss and Kentucky and then had 65 yards on 13 carries in the season finale against Auburn.
1998 (Junior): A starter at tailback in every game, Shaun rushed for 1,178 yards and 13 touchdowns. He added another 385 yards on 26 receptions and four TDs. He set the school record for touchdowns in a game in the season opener against Brigham Young when he had five rushing TDs. Shaun went on to finish ranked in the following Alabana single-season categories: Total Offense – Touchdowns: tied 4th (17); Rushing Rushes: 2nd (258); Yards Gained: 4th (1,178) Scoring – Points: 3rd (102); Touchdowns: 2nd (17). He had a season-best 206 yards rushing and three TDs on 20 carries against Vanderbilt. Alexander closed the season rushing for over 100 yards in six games. His 13 rushing TDs led the SEC and he added another four receiving TDs on 26 receptions for 385 yards. He had five receptions for 110 yards and a TD against Mississippi State. Alexander scored three TDs in the season finale against Auburn, the third time he scored three or more TDs in a game during the season. In a loss to Mississippi State, Shaun had a career-best five receptions for 110 yards and one TD and added 60 yards rushing to finish with 170 all-purpose yards. Against Southern Miss, he had a career-high 36 carries for 141 yards and his 206 yards rushing against Vanderbilt was third-best in the SEC this season. He had 14 plays of 20 yards or more, seven of which were touchdowns.
1999 (Senior) Alexander played a key role (97 yards rushing 1 touchdown) in leading the Tide to the SEC Championship in 1999, as Alabama trampled #3-ranked Florida with a 34-7 victory. In the fourth quarter of the 1999 Iron Bowl versus rivals Auburn, Alexander led a comeback as he rushed for 100 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns in the 4th quarter giving the Tide a 28–17 victory, finishing the game with 199 total yards (WATCH HIGHLIGHTS FROM 1999 IRON BOWL). It was the first time Alabama had ever beat Auburn at Auburn. His 2000 Orange Bowl stats: 161 yards rushing 3 touchdowns, 21 receiving yards. His senior year was one of the greatest touchdown starts in college history. 17 Touchdowns in the first 6 games, including 4 touchdown in the Swamp to beat the Florida Gators coach by Steve Spurrier. It was the Gators 1st loss at home in 6 years. Shaun’s senior stats: 1383 yards rushing, 19 rushing touchdowns, 323 yards receiving 4 receiving touchdowns, 90 return yards 1 return touchdown.