Alford was a high school wide receiver who also ran track, and followed in his brother Duke Adams' footsteps in deciding to play football for the Lions. Another brother, Fred Booker, played for LSU and later for the New Orleans Saints.
After missing the 2008 season, Alford started nine of 10 games at cornerback the following year. He was second on the team with five pass breakups and finished with 46 tackles.
He was granted a medical redshirt due to injury in 2010, and returned the following season to start 11 games and earn All-Southland second-team honors while picking off five passes and breaking up seven more.
Alford became a first-team all-conference player in 2012 and was named to the Buck Buchanan Award List. He finished the season with 39 tackles and a team-high four interceptions, giving him 10 for his career.
Alford became just the second Southeastern Louisiana player invited to the Senior Bowl, and the first since Ronnine Hornsby scored the South's lone touchdown on an interception return in 1970. Alford aims to become the Lions' first NFL Draft pick since the school resumed the program in 2003.