Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Alexander Was Great Substitute Back Burns Jags for Record Total

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Alexander Was Great Substitute Back Burns Jags for Record Total

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer

SEATTLE -- The Jaguars thought they were catching a break yesterday with Ricky Watters' recent shoulder injury.

They ended up trying to catch Shaun Alexander instead.

It proved to be a vain pursuit by a porous Jaguars defense that ended up being riddled by Seattle's backup running back in a 24-15 Seahawks victory at Husky Stadium.

Alexander, a second-year pro from Alabama averaging just 1.6 yards per carry in limited action this season, looked like the second coming of Jim Brown against the befuddled Jaguars with 176 yards and two touchdowns in 31 attempts.

It was the biggest single-game output by an opponent in Jaguars' history, eclipsing Eddie George's 165-yard outing for Tennessee last season.

So much for the Seahawks missing their workhorse Watters, who is out at least one month with a shoulder injury suffered last week against Oakland.

"We can't let a guy like that run for 100 yards or whatever he did against us," said a disgusted Jaguars defensive end Renaldo Wynn said of Alexander. "That's just a lot of missed tackles right there, a lot of poor tackling. You can't excuse it."

Alexander looks like he will do Seattle just fine after becoming the first running back since Dallas' Emmitt Smith in Week 9 last season to break the 100-yard rushing mark against the Jaguars. Alexander, who averaged a whopping 5.7 yards per carry yesterday, didn't appear to break much of a sweat in the process.

A compact but powerful runner at 5-11, 220 pounds, Alexander gave the Jaguars fits virtually from the Seahawks' first play from scrimmage. His second carry of the game went for 23 yards, and Jacksonville had no answer for him after that.

By the middle of the third quarter, Alexander already had rumbled for 102 yards in 17 attempts. Not even the likes of George or Pittsburgh's Jerome Bettis could manhandle the Jaguars this season like Alexander did yesterday. …

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