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Freshman QB Christian Alexander among surprise leaders so far in FIU camp

Quarterbacks Trey Anderson, Christian Alexander and Maurice Alexander are shown at FIU football practice Monday, Aug. 10, 2015.
Quarterbacks Trey Anderson, Christian Alexander and Maurice Alexander are shown at FIU football practice Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Asked to name the unexpected leaders who have emerged over the first week of training camp, coach Ron Turner named freshman quarterback Christian Alexander, redshirt junior center/guard Mike Montero, junior linebacker Treyvon Williams and sophomore linebacker Anthony Wint.

“Christian is maybe a freshman who’s not a freshman,” Turner said. “He’s a five-year starter in high school [Lakeland Christian]. I’ve never heard of that in my life. I didn’t know you could do it. I would’ve bet $100 you couldn’t play varsity football five years. He’s very, very smart, very instinctive, and he is a good leader.

“And [freshman quarterback] Maurice [Alexander] will be once he gets more reps. He’s the same kind of kid.”

Enrolling in January gave Christian Alexander the early boost on the depth chart.

▪ Sophomore running back Napoleon Maxwell, part of FIU’s running back trident, limped off after practice with what appeared to be a left-knee issue.

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