Saturday, October 27, 2001

Alexander eyes 3rd consecutive 100-yard game

The Associated Press

        KIRKLAND, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, , the former Boone County High School star, is trying to make up for lost time after spending his rookie season backing up Ricky Watters.

        Alexander has rushed for 176 and 142 yards in his first two starts in place of the injured Watters. That's the highest two-game total ever for the Seahawks.

        When the Seahawks play Miami on Sunday at Husky Stadium, Alexander can become the first back in the team's history to have three consecutive 100-yard games.

        “I think right now I'm at this stage where I want all the plays to be touchdowns,” Alexander said. “I still don't believe that you can't have 20 carries and 20 touchdowns.”

        Without Alexander, the Seahawks wouldn't have rebounded from their 1-2 start to beat Jacksonville and Denver in their past two games.

        “He's been running the ball great,” rookie guard Steve Hutchinson said. “He's been the difference in the last two games. We've been able to control the clock and control the ball.”

        Watters, 12th on the NFL's career rushing list, was knocked out of Seattle's game in Oakland last month with a sprained right shoulder. He will be sidelined up to two months.

        In his place, Alexander has been the workhorse of the Seahawks' offense. He had 31 carries and two touchdowns against Jacksonville, then 33 carries and two TDs against Denver.

        After being selected 19th in the 2000 draft by the Seahawks, Alabama's career rushing leader spent most of his rookie season in the NFL watching Watters.

        The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Alexander ran for 313 yards on 64 carries last year.

        He eclipsed that yardage total in just two starts.

        “The biggest thing is I can kind of go set the tone for everything,” Alexander said. “I can go out and look other players in the eye and say, "You know, I am going to go off today.' Then all of a sudden they see something happen and they say, "Oh, he is, too.' ”


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