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Alex Wacha
Alex Wacha

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Sugar Land, Texas

High School:
Clements

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 194

Position:
Safety

Birthdate:
02/16/1988

Experience:
3L

Major:
Finance


Career Note: Fifth-year senior has 117 tackles (73 solo, 44 assists), five pass break-ups, three tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and a sack for his career...opens the fall as the team's starting strong safety.

2009: Played in 11 games as a junior, including 10 starts at free safety...finished second on the team in forced fumbles (2) while ranking tied for second in pass break-ups (4) while ranking third in tackles with 77 (47 solo, 30 assists), tied for fourth in sacks (1) and tied for 10th in tackles for loss (1.5)...posted a pair of double-digit tackle outings: tallying a career-high 14 (9 solo, 5 assists) vs Houston (10/17) and 10 (4 solo, 6 assists) vs UTEP (11/7)...had a game-clinching 21-yard sack in Tulane's 45-38 overtime win over the Miners...had a half tackle for loss among eight stops (3 solo, 5 assists) at Rice...also had eight-tackle games vs BYU (9/12), Marshall (10/10) and Southern Miss (10/24)...broke up passes vs BYU, Marshall, UTEP and Rice...forced a pair of fumbles and tallied six tackles vs McNeese State (9/26)...missed LSU game (10/31) due to injury.

2008: Saw action in all 12 games as a redshirt-sophomore, including starts at nickelback against Rice (10/25), LSU (11/1), Houston (11/8) and UAB (11/15)...tied for fourth on the team in forced fumbles (1) while finishing tied for eighth in pass break-ups (1) and 17th in tackles with 19 (11 solo, 8 assists)...tallied a season-best five tackles (3 solo, 2 assists) with a pass break-up vs UAB...posted four tackles (1 solo, 3 assists), including a half tackle for loss, at Houston and had three-tackle performances at UTEP (10/11) and vs Rice.

2007: Did not play as a sophomore after suffering a shoulder injury during the preseason...received a medical hardship for the season.

2006: Played in 10 games as a true freshman, including a start at cornerback vs Southern Miss (11/11)...finished 16th on team with 21 tackles (15 solo, 6 assists)...tallied a season-best seven tackles (6 solo, 1 assist) vs Southern Miss...recorded four-tackle outings vs Rice (10/7) and at Marshall (11/4)...posted first career tackle for loss in season opener at Houston (9/9)...missed final two games due to injury.

High School: Three-year letterman at Clements High where he saw action at wide receiver, running back, kick returner and defensive back...tabbed TexasHSFootball.com Texas Top 200 player and Rivals' TexasPrepxtra.com Houston Top 150 recruit...for his career, scored 16 touchdowns while tallying 137 tackles, including 84 solo stops, and eight interceptions...named the District 20-5A Utility Player of the Year, first-team all-district, team MVP, team Secondary Player of the Year as a senior when he posted 70 tackles, including 42 solo stops, five interceptions, and returned two punts for touchdowns...credited with 41 tackles and two picks as a junior, and 26 tackles and an interception as a sophomore...also lettered in track and field, basketball, and played club soccer...received Clements High's Excellence in Math Award.

Personal: Born February 16, 1988, in Simi Valley, Calif...one of three children of Dallas and Shelly Wacha...has twin brother, Ben...majoring in finance.

Wacha's Career Defensive Statistics

Year GP-GS UT-AT-TT TFL-Yds SACK-Yds FF FR-Yds PBU INT-Yds Blk
2006 10-1 15-6-21 1.0-5 0.0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0
2007 DNP-Medical Redshirt
2008 12-4 11-8-19 0.5-1 0.0-0 1 0-0 1 0-0 0
2009 11-10 47-30-77 1.5-22 1.0-21 2 0-0 4 0-0 0
Career 34-15 73-44-117 3.0-28 1.0-21 3 0-0 5 0-0 0