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*** AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM NOMINEE ***
The 2011 Scouting Report: An All-Big Ten-caliber left offensive tackle ... Outland Trophy candidate ... Named a preseason second-team All-Big Ten selection by Lindy's, Athlon Sports and Phil Steele's ... A Consensus Draft Services (CDS) preseason honorable mention All-American tackle ... Northwestern's 2011 AFCA Good Works Team nominee ... Has started every game since the start of the 2008 season (39 consecutive games) ... Continues to improve his strength and speed, and lower his body fat ... Has great feet and great bounce ... Strong candidate for postseason honors ... Has impressed coaching staff with his consistency at the position ... Founder of NU's Uplifting Athletes chapter ... Became NU's first offensive lineman in 2010 to be elected to the 10-player Leadership Council (which began in 2007).
2011: Team co-captain ... Starting left tackle who made 52 consecutive starts ... Selected to play in 2012 East-West Shrine Game in Orlando ... Consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree ... Named NU's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award nominee ... His 52 straight starts are tied for most for an NU career with guard Ben Burkett ... Named to the Allstate/AFCA Good Works Team on Sept. 20--the sixth straight season that NU has had a player named to this prestigious team ... Named team's offensive player of the week for his performance against Penn State ... 2011 Outland Trophy candidate (outstanding offensive lineman) ... 2011 ARA Sportsmanship Award nominee ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2010: Starting left tackle who extended his string of consecutive starts to 39 ... Team co-captain ... An honorable mention All-Big Ten selection (media) ... Named to Phil Steele's second-team Midseason and third-team Postseason All-Big Ten squads ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2009: Started all 13 games at left tackle ... Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by coaches and media ... Named team's offensive player of the game vs. Penn State ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2008: Starting left tackle ... Made his first career start at left tackle vs. Syracuse ... Member of starting offensive line, that as a unit, was tabbed the team's offensive player of the week (vs. Syracuse) ... Started all 13 games.
2007: Did not see action.
High School:Rivals.com All-Region player ... 2006 All-North Coast Section first-team tackle and second-team San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro team honoree ... Ranked the 80th-best player (11th among offensive linemen) by Rivals.com in California player ranking ... Ranked 61st-best offensive tackle nationally by Rivals.com and 188th-best offensive tackle nationally by ESPN/Scouts, Inc. ... Ranked 78th-best tight end nationally by SuperPrep ... Named to Rivals.com all-state first team (for medium-sized schools) ... Honorable mention all-league selection in 2005 ... Helped lead the Cardinals to the Division 3 state title game where they fell 27-20 in overtime to the nation's top-ranked team, Oaks Christian of Westlake Village, Calif., which was led by Notre Dame-recruit Jimmy Clausen ... Cardinal Newman finished 13-2 in 2006 and won the NCS title ... Helped lead the Cardinals to the conference title in 2005 ... Also lettered in basketball, baseball and track ... Placed first in league and third in section for the shot put ... Recipient of a lifetime membership in the California State Federation (due to academic successes) ... Four-year Honor Roll and NCS Scholar-Athlete honoree ... Coached by Paul Cronin.
Personal: Born Alexander Joseph Netter ... Son of Joe and Barbara Netter ... Economics major.
The Netter File
Q: Name five favorite songs (and artist) on your I-Pod: A: I use Pandora so I do not have songs on my I-Pod but my five favorite stations are: David Guetta, DJ Tiesto, Daddy Yankee, Wisin Y Yandel and Dave Mathews Band Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be and why? A: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., because of the amazing things he accomplished for our country. Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned? A: The only limits we have in life are those that we place on ourselves Q: A song that best describes you and why? A: California Love by 2Pac, because California is the greatest state Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is: A: I love to surf Q: My favorite place to visit is and why? A: San Diego is one of the most beautiful places in the world because they have perfect weather nearly every day of the year. Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester on the team and why? A: Mike Bolden is a pretty funny dude. Q: My favorite thing about NU is and why? A: The world-class education Q: Best part about being a Northwestern football player is: A: The opportunity to play in the Big Ten Conference, receive a world-class education, and the location is amazing. Q: Describe Coach Fitzgerald in five words or less: A: Wow Q: Describe your position coach in five words or less: A: Knowledgeable Q: Most humbling experience: A: Service trip this past March to Guatemala which really taught me a ton about truly taking advantage of the opportunity I have been given to be a Division I football player. Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement and why? A: Academic All-Big Ten because of the intense commitments we have as D-I football players at an academic institution like Northwestern. Q: The best book I have ever read is and why? A: The Blind Side by Michael Lewis, because it is all about the left tackle Q: The person that inspires me the most is: A: My entire family for being so supportive Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be: A: Barry Sanders Q: My favorite pregame ritual is: A: Sit at my locker in silence without music or any other distractions, preparing mentally for the battle that is about to take place. Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick and why? A: Alan from The Hangover Q: My favorite food is: A: Mexican food Q: My favorite thing about playing at Ryan Field is: A: Singing the fight song to all of our loyal fans after a big win Q: Best thing about Northwestern is: A: Everything Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: A: Picking up a fumble on the 1-yard line and running it 99 yards for the game-winning touchdown Q: My favorite television show is and why? A: SportsCenter is the only show I watch Q: If I were not playing football, I would be: A: Playing power forward for a college basketball team. Q: The three words that best describe me: A: Blessed, determined and motivated Q: My football-related superstition is: A: Don't believe in superstitions Q: If the Big Ten expands in the future, pick one school you'd like to see added and why? A: Notre Dame. No one else makes more sense. They need to wake up and join the Big Ten. Q: Which FORMER NU football student-athlete has had the most impact on your Wildcat career and why? Corey Wootton was a great mentor throughout my time here at Northwestern and always was willing to help me work on my game.