2008: Named first team All-Ivy League and Academic All-Ivy League ... led the Ivy League in tackles with 101, an impressive 10.1 per game, ranking 20th in the Football Championship Subdivision ... named as the Lions' Most Valuable defensive player ... also named the Columbia Student-Athlete of the Month in October ... earned a spot on the Ivy League's weekly honor roll after his performance in the win over Cornell in which he posted a team-high 15 tackles, an interception, a sack, and a pass breakup, helping limit the Big Red offense to just seven points ... had a career-high 17 tackles vs. Penn ... made 13 tackles against Towson ... had 10 tackles against Lafayette ... led the team in tackles in four of the final six games of the season, including nine at Dartmouth, eight at Yale, nine at Harvard, and 15 at Cornell.
2007: Ivy League Rookie of the Year ... awarded Ivy League Rookie of the Week on four occasions, tying for second-most in Ivy League History ... winner of team's Ken Germann Freshman Award ... played in all 10 games ... had team-high 80 tackles for the season...recorded career-high 15 tackles vs. Brown ... had 13 tackles vs. Princeton and 11 tackles vs. both Yale and Cornell ... totaled eight tackles for loss for the season ... had sacks vs. both Princeton and Cornell for total losses of 11 yards.
At Fairmont High: Earned three letters in football and two in track ... captained both teams as a senior, and was also football captain as a junior ... had 1,174 yards rushing in 2006, and scored 14 touchdowns ... also made 83 tackles at safety as a senior ... two-time All-Greater Western Ohio Conference team ... All-Southwest Ohio Region first team in 2006 ... Dayton Daily News All-Area as a senior ... played in Miami Valley North/South All-Star Game ... valedictorian ... Quill and Scroll Honor Society for Journalists ... National Honor Society ... French Honor Society.
Personal: Sociology major ... Alexander Daniel Gross, b. 3/23/89 in Dayton, Ohio.