If Clemson Tigers defensive back Mackensie Alexander is looking for motivation, all he has to do is think of the tomato fields back in his hometown of Immokalee, Florida.
Located just over 50 miles northeast of Naples, Immokalee is known for being one of the major tomato-growing centers of the United States. It just so happens that Alexander’s father still works out in the tomato fields to support the family.
Just how Alexander’s father remains devoted to picking tomatoes, he himself has the same approach to his effort on the football field. Speaking to David Hood of Tigernet, Alexander went into greater detail.
“My preparation is what pushes me. What’s mine is mine, and I am not going to let anybody take what’s mine,” Alexander said after Wednesday’s practice. “I thrive in competing and competition. I like the one-on-one matchups. I am a competitor. And my parents really tell me to be me. I watch my mom and dad do it all day, picking tomatoes in the hot sun. And then I come out here and do what I do, and I’m not going to say it’s easy because I make it look easy. It looks easy because I work hard. I am putting in moure hours and more time now on everything. I am trying to be a better man now, too. It’s a routine every day.”
“My dad still does it. It’s good for me when I hear that,” Alexander said. “We talk on the phone every two days. It motivates me. It pushes me. We are a blue collar family that doesn’t have much, and to see my dad keep doing those things makes coming out here pretty easy. That is where my motivation comes from.”
Tigers fans should look forward to Alexander using his strong sense of motivation to improve upon his 2014 season. A former five-star recruit, he appeared in 13 games and had 21 tackles with six passes defended. As he enters his redshirt sophomore season, look for him to make a grand impact in Clemson’s secondary in 2015 as his parents watch on proudly.
Clemson opens the season at home against Wofford on September 5.
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