2008 UAB Blazers

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coached by Glenn Vickery . Personal: Born Nov . 12, 1988 … son of Paulette and Don Reese. (deceased) … major is undeclared . Reese's Career StatisTics. G.


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2008 UAB Blazers uted a pair of pass break-ups ... produced season-high eight tackles in lateseason road win at UTEP ... also had six stops a week earlier against UCF ... had five tackles in contests against Jacksonville State and Southern Miss. High School: Regarded as one of the top players in metro-Birmingham area while playing for John Carroll ... earned first-team Super All-Metro honors by the Birmingham Post-Herald ... also tabbed honorable mention all-state ... three-year letterman for coach Gerald Gann ... started three years on varsity ... as sophomore, he started as defensive end before moving to linebacker for junior and senior seasons ... as senior, he recorded 172 total tackles, four sacks, six tackles for loss, one caused and one recovered fumble ... named to all-Over The Mountain team ... served as team captain as a senior ... team finished 6-4 as senior. Personal: Born March 6, 1986 at Birmingham, Ala. ... son of son of Joe and Mary Henderson ... major is communications.

named to Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2006. 2007: Played in five games last season on offensive line before injury cut season short … made five starts for Blazers. 2006: Redshirted and did not see any action … named to C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. High School: Attended Spain Park High School in metro-Birmingham area … earned his team’s “Best Offensive Lineman” award as both a junior and senior … also tabbed to Birmingham News “Best of the Rest” … earned honorable mention all-metro honors as a junior and senior … member of National Honor Society. Personal: Born Oct. 6, 2006 at Birmingham, Ala. … son of Diane and Jerry (deceased) Hollifield … major is business.

76 Todd Howanitz

Henderson’s Career G UA A 2005 9 20 15 2006 12 42 21 2007 12 47 62 Totals 33 109 98

Statistics Tot TFL 35 1 63 8.5 109 9.5 207 19

Yds 5 30 36 71

Sks Yds 0 0 1 6 5 19 6 25

Int 1 0 2 3

Defensive Line 6-6 • 270 Junior Hanover Township, Pa.

PBU 2 2 3 7

68 Adam Hollifield Offensive Line 6-3 • 300 Sophomore Hoover, Ala.

Saw first action of UAB career last fall … thrust into starting duty early last season, he is coming off injury that sideline him the second half of 2007 season … missed spring practice as he continued rehab from injury … was

Provides depth on defensive front. 2007: Did not see any action for the Blazers. High School: Attended Hanover Area High School … as a senior, he registered 86 tackles with 11 sacks … also recorded 25 tackles for loss … named all-conference as a senior … attended Fork Union Military Academy from Hanover Area … at Fork Union, he saw action at offensive tackle, tight end, defensive tackle and defensive end. Personal: Born July 21, 1985 at Wilkes-Barre, Pa. … son of Joseph Howanitz … major is philosophy.

82 Justin Johnson Wide Receiver 6-3 • 200 Sophomore Dothan, Ala. Saw limited action during 2007 season but expected to see increased playing time this season.

2007: Played in eight games during season with one start (Michigan State) … caught one pass during season for four yards in contest at Mississippi State. High School: Attended Northview High School … named to the Dothan Eagle “Super 12” list … served as team captain his senior season …voted Best Wide Receiver by his teammates … participated in the 3rd Annual Max Emfinger All-American Bowl … had 22 catches for 628 yards and seven touchdowns his senior season … coached by Chip Harris … also returned a punt and kickoff for touchdowns … member of the National Honor Society and National Honor Roll … also played basketball, baseball and ran track. Personal: Born Dec. 27, 1988 at Dothan, Ala. … son of Linda and Bobby Johnson … major is undeclared. Adam Hollifield



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Jones’ Career Statistics Receiving G Rec Yds TD 2007 12 15 122 0

Mike Jones Wide Receiver 6-1 • 185 Sophomore Nashville, Tenn.

LG 19

Rec/G 1.2

Avg/C 8.1

Avg/G 10.2

84 Zach Lankford Tight End 6-4 • 250 Junior Dacula, Ga.

After redshirt season as a true freshman during 2006 season, Jones provided receiver depth last fall …coming off excellent spring, Jones is listed No. 1 at “Z” wide receiver position.

Redshirted as a true freshman in 2005, Lankford saw his first action last fall … also saw some special teams action … will see playing time at H-Back and tight end positions in 2008.

2007: Played in 12 games during season with three starts … sixth on team in receptions with 15 catches … had 122 yards in receptions … caught season-best five passes at Tulsa and at Memphis … also caught a pair of passes in season finale at Marshall. 2006: Did not see any action and was redshirted. High School: Attended Hunters Lane High School … was standout receiver and defensive back for coach Richard Campbell ... caught 46 passes for 879 yards and nine touchdowns in 2005 ... led midstate area of Tennessee in receiving yards as a senior ... named first-team All-State by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and first team all-midstate by The Nashville Tennessean ... also a standout basketball player for Hunters Lane, which was ranked No. 5 in the state of Tennessee as of Jan. 30 ... averaged close to 14 points per game on the hardwood. Personal: Born Sept. 23, 1987 at Nashville, Tenn. … mother is Tara Jones … major is undeclared.

2007: Saw action in 10 games with two starts (vs. Southern Miss and Memphis) … registered three receptions during season with two catches vs. Southern Miss and one vs. Tulane. 2006: Saw action in all 12 games … recorded one reception for six yards against Mississippi State. 2005: Did not see any action during season and was redshirted. High School: Played at Dacula High School ... outstanding prospect from the metro-Atlanta area ... two-year starter at Dacula ... helped lead his team to an 8-3 record and a berth in the state Class AAAAA playoffs ... team was Class 7-AAAAA champions in 2004 ... had 22 receptions for 229 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Falcons’ run-based offense ... was named Zach Lankford

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2008 UAB Blazers to the All-Gwinnett County first-team following 2004 season ... earned AllMetro Atlanta honors as senior ... also tabbed honorable mention all-state ... was selected Dacula’s “Two-Way Player of the Year” for senior season ... coached by Kevin Maloof. Personal: Born Nov. 21, 1986 at Atlanta, Ga. ... son of Cathy and Rob Lankford ... major is undeclared.


Lankford’s Career Statistics Receiving G Rec Yds TD 2006 12 1 6 0 2007 10 3 17 0 Totals 22 4 23 0

Was redshirted in 2006 as a true freshman and saw limited playing time last season.

LG 6 8 8

Rec/G 0.8 0.3 1.0

Avg/C 6.0 5.7 5.8

Avg/G 0.5 1.7 1.0

71 Matt McCants Offensive Tackle 6-7 • 295 Sophomore Mobile, Ala.

Thrust into early action as a true freshman in 2007 … listed as No. 1 left tackle coming out of spring practice.

Michael McRae Defensive Back 5-11 • 180 Sophomore Sarasota, Fla.

2007: Saw playing time in four games last season. 2006: Did not see any action and was redshirted. High School: Attended Booker High School … was an all-area selection and was also named honorable mention all-state ... played for Fred Gilmore … recorded 41 tackles, 11 pass breakups and two interceptions as a senior … four-year starter who as a senior led his team to a 13-2 record and a berth in the Florida 3A State Championship game … also a state qualifier in the long jump … given the Jim Bryce Award by teammates for his overall play, character and leadership. Personal: Born June 13, 1988 at Sarasota, Fla. … son of Clemistine and Leon McRae … major is undeclared.

15 Sylvester Mencer

2007: Made early impact as true freshman as he played in 11 games at offensive tackle and started seven, including season opener at Michigan State. High School: Attended Williamson High School … received honorable mention on the Mobile Press-Register All-Region team as a senior … helped Williamson HS advance to the class 5A state playoffs … started one season under head coach Bobby Parrish … only played football his senior season … played tuba in the school band before joining football team prior to senior season. Personal: Born Aug. 18, 1989 at Mobile, Ala. … son of Birtha and Samuel McCants … major is undeclared. Matt McCants

Wide Receiver 5-10 • 185 Senior Midfield, Ala.

After seeing limited playing time as a true freshman in 2005 at receiver, Mencer became an impact performer for the Blazers in 2006 … listed as backup at “X” receiver position coming out of spring drills … has caught 44 passes over last two seasons. 2007: Saw action in 11 games with one start in road game at Florida State … recorded 13 receptions for 134 yards and one touchdown (vs., Southern Miss) … his TD catch vs. USM was a 32-yarder … of his 13 receptions last season, 10 of those came in the final three games of the season … had four catches vs. both Southern Miss and Memphis with 65 yards against the Golden Eagles and 38 versus the Tigers. 2006: Played in all 12 games and made two starts (vs. Troy and Memphis) during season … ranked second on the team in both receptions (31) and receiving yards (400) … was on the receiving end of three touchdown catches (vs. Troy, Rice and Southern Miss) … best game of season came in victory over Troy as he caught five passes for 96 yards — both season highs — and had one rush for 24 yards … had a 29-yard touchdown catch vs. the Trojans and also registered a season-long 38-yard pass in the game … also recorded five catches for 58 yards against Mississippi State … had four receptions vs. Memphis and Rice … had 74 receiving yards against the Owls for his second-highest total of the season. 2005: Saw action in three games for the Blazers as part of receiving corps but did not catch any passes. High School: A four-year letterwinner at Midfield High School ... as a freshman he started at wide receiver before moving to starting quarterback as a sophomore ... received Birmingham News 3A All-State honors for the 2004



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2008 UAB Blazers playing for coach Mickey Conn … named Gwinnett County Athlete of the Year … also participated in Georgia All-Star game … earned all-county recognition in track and field. Personal: Born Dec. 31, 1986 at Lawrenceville, Ga. … son of Cindy and Ray Mitchell … major is biology.

Sylvester Mencer

Mitchell’s Career Statistics Rushing G Att Yds TD 2007 12 18 87 0

LG 19

Avg./C 4.6

Avg./G 6.9

Receiving 2007

LG 21

Rec/G 0.5

Avg/C 9.2

G 12

Rec 6

Yds 55

TD 0

Avg/G 4.6

23 Antoine Powers

season ... also named to the Birmingham News All-Metro team in 2004 ... was a finalist for the 3A Back of the Year in 2004 and was named Birmingham Touchdown Club Player of the Week ... had 16 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in 2004 ... threw for 2000 yards and ran for another 800 yards ... also a four-year letterwinner in basketball and track ... a part of the 3A state champion 4x100-meter relay team in 2004. Personal: Born Oct. 28, 1986 ... son of Vanessa and Sylvester Mencer ... major is undeclared. Mencer’s Receiving 2005 2006 2007 Totals

Career Statistics G Rec Yds TD 3 0 0 0 12 31 400 3 11 13 134 1 26 44 534 4

LG 0 38 32 38

Rec/G 0 2.6 1.1 1.7

Avg/C 0 12.9 10.3 12.1

Avg/G 0 33.3 12.2 20.5

Defensive Back 5-5 • 165 Senior Hazel Green, Ala.

A walk-on who made impact on Blazer special teams last season … a reserve cornerback listed No. 2 on the post-spring depth chart. 2007: Saw action in 12 games for the Blazers … was in on four tackles last season. High School: Attended Hazel Green High School … earned all-region honors as prep senior … named team’s “most valuable back” … also picked up player of the week honor. Personal: Born May 12, 1986 at Huntsville, Ala. … son of Gloria and Billy Powers … major is philosophy.

81 Cory Powers


Tight End 6-4 • 250 R-Freshman Auburndale, Fla.

Jim Mitchell Running Back 5-10 • 185 Junior Lawrenceville, Ga.

Saw first action for the Blazers last fall … played as reserve running back and on special teams in 2007 … transferred to UAB from Presbyterian College where he started as a true freshman at cornerback … missed spring practice due to injury. 2007: Played in all 12 games with one start during season (at East Carolina) … rushed 18 times during season for 87 yards for 4.6 average … registered six receptions for 55 yards … returned a pair of kickoffs for 39 yards with long of 25 yards vs. East Carolina … had outstanding game in victory over Alcorn State as he averaged 6.3 yards per rush with 12 attempts for 76 yards … had season-long rush of 19 yards vs. Alcorn … his best receiving game came in season finale at Marshall as he caught four passes for 56 yards with long of 21 yards … also made six tackles on special teams. High School: Attended Grayson High School in metro-Atlanta while

Was a “grayshirt” in 2006 and did not practice with the Blazers during ’06 fall … participated in spring practice in 2007 … had two receptions for 29 yards in 2007 spring game … provides depth at tight end. High School: Attended Auburndale High School … named Class 4A third-team all-state third by the Florida Sports Writers Association as a senior ... played majority of his senior season despite suffering a knee injury in the first game of the season ... named all-district and all-county first-team by the Lakeland Ledger and Winter Haven News Chief ... starter for Auburndale for three years on both sides of the ball ... played defensive end as well ... Auburndale was 8-3 and district runner-up in Powers’ sophomore season ... was injured in junior season, but Bloodhounds were 9-3 overall en route to a district championship and the second round of the state playoffs ... coached by Bob Williams … also played basketball during prep days. Personal: Born April 20, 1987 at Winter Haven, Fla. … son of Brenda and Steve Powers … major is undeclared.



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Willie Prince Running Back 6-1 • 225 R-Freshman Alabaster, Ala.

Provides depth in offensive backfield for the Blazers. 2007: Did not see any action for the Blazers. High School: Attended Thompson High School south of Birmingham … played for coach Brian Maner … was voted team captain his senior season … rushed for three touchdowns as a senior and also had a pair of receiving TDs … as junior, he registered two rushing touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns … earned three letters in football, two in track and field and one in basketball. Personal: Born July 6, 1989 at Birmingham, Ala. … son of Sandra and Willie G. Prince … major is elementary education.

24 Trey Ragland Placekicker 5-11 • 175 R-Freshman Trussville, Ala.

Listed as backup kicker and punter for the Blazers … saw plenty of action during spring drills, 2008 as starting kicker Swayze Waters sat out practice to rehab injury … made 3-of-4 field goals in spring game with successful kicks from 26, 48 and 23 yards. 2007: Did not see any action for UAB and was redshirted. High School: Attended Hewitt-Trussville High … earned honorable mention all-metro honors following sophomore, junior and senior seasons by Birmingham News … in 2006 during senior season, he connected on field goals of 49 and 45 yards in same game to earn Birmingham News Player-ofthe-Week accolades … helped lead team to 7-4 record as sophomore, 6-5 as junior and 5-5 record as senior … was nominated to Birmingham News Super Seniors “Best of the Rest” … also played prep soccer and was a 2006 all-state selection. Personal: Born May 30, 1989 at Birmingham, Ala. … son of Vickie and Derrick Ragland … major is undeclared.


in total tackles with 33 … recorded at least two tackles in every game during season except the last one at Marshall … season-high tackles came in season opener at Michigan State … also registered four tackles in contests at Tulsa and at home vs. Southern Miss. High School: Attended Daphne High School in south Alabama … a two-year started on defensive line … sat out sophomore season after transferring from another school … as a senior, he had 49 tackles and three tackles for loss … also recorded a pair of sacks with a fumble recovery … named to All-Baldwin County team by Mobile Register … honorable mention allregion selection as a senior … also saw limited action at tight end during senior season … in 15 starts his junior season, he registered 65 tackles with a pair of tackles for loss … also had two caused fumbles and four sacks … was a high school teammate of current UAB defensive end Bryant Turner … coached by Glenn Vickery. Personal: Born Nov. 12, 1988 … son of Paulette and Don Reese (deceased) … major is undeclared. Reese’s Career StatisTics G UA A Tot TFL 2007 12 10 23 33 0

D.J. Reese

Yds 0

Sks Yds 0 0

Int 0

Fr 0


Defensive Tackle 6-4 • 280 Sophomore Daphne, Ala.

Kyle Roget

Was thrust into early action last season on defensive line and made most of opportunity … listed No. 1 at defensive tackle entering fall practice. 2007: Made early impact for the Blazers as he played in all 12 games, starting the final 11 of the season at defensive tackle … ranked 10th on team

Linebacker 6-1 • 235 Junior Arlington, Texas

A signee for the Blazers last December, Roget enrolled at UAB in January and participated in spring practice … caught early attention at a thin position in need of some early contributions this fall.



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2008 UAB Blazers Junior College: Attended Tyler (Texas) JC … played two seasons at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas … is listed as a three-star recruit by Scout. com … started all nine games at linebacker for Tyler his sophomore season … was a Southwest Junior College Football Conference honorable mention at linebacker … led the Apaches with 93 tackles … ranked 27th among the junior college ranks in total tackles and 15th in assisted tackles … averaged nine tackles per game … recorded three sacks … played fullback his freshmen season where he was named to All-SWJCFC first-team … led the team with three rushing touchdowns … carried the ball 26 times for a total of 104 yards … caught six passes for 42 yards … … spent one year at the University of Louisiana Monroe. High School: Attended Arlington (Texas) Grace Prep 2005 high school graduate of Arlington Grace Prep … was a two-time Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools all-State linebacker for the Lions … member of the 2003 TAPPS 4AState Championship and 2004 TAPPS Division II Runner Up. Personal: June 5, 1987 at Albuquerque, N.M. … son of Micki and Alan Roget … major is engineering.

56 Ryan Roget Offensive Line 6-3 • 295 Junior Arlington, Texas

A signee for the Blazers last December, Roget enrolled at UAB in January … did not participate in spring drills, however, due to injury. Junior College: Was a two-year starter at left guard at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas … was listed as a three-star recruit by Scout.com … started all 18 games for the Apaches last season … recorded team-high 25 pancake blocks in nine games his sophomore season … graded out at 85 percent or higher for each of his games during his sophomore season … was an All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honorable mention at offensive line … was the anchor of a young offensive line that suffered several injuries during his sophomore year … signed in 2005 to play at the University of Louisiana Monroe. High School: Played high school football at Arlington Grace Prep in Arlington, Texas … was named a Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools all-state offensive lineman his senior season …was a 2004 graduate. Personal: Born Feb. 7, 1986 at Albuquerque, N.M. … son of Micki and Alan Roget … major is undeclared.

21 Kevin Sanders Cornerback 5-11 • 185 Senior Pell City, Ala.

After redshirt season as a true freshman in 2004, Sanders has been a regular in Blazer secondary last three seasons as he has started 29 games in that time ... already has eight interceptions in career .... will again be counted on heav-

Kevin Sanders

ily in UAB secondary ... should contend for all-conference honors ... again listed as preseason starter at cornerback position ... regarded as UAB’s best cover corner. 2007: Started all 12 games at cornerback position ... was sixth on the team in tackles with 54, including 35 solos ... led team in interceptions with three, recorded against Tulsa (2) and Mississippi State ... registered careerhigh 10 tackles against Houston ... forced two fumbles (vs. Tulsa and Houston) ... moved into No. 6 position at UAB in career interceptions (8). 2006: Started all 12 games at corner ... ranked ninth on the team in tackles during the season with 32 ... tied for team lead in interceptions with three (vs. Oklahoma, Memphis and Southern Miss) ... recorded season-high six tackles in season opener at Oklahoma ... also had five tackles vs. SMU and four vs. Rice ... forced a fumble against SMU. 2005: Saw plenty of playing time, including five starts ... recorded 15 tackles, including 11 solo hits ... had a season-high five tackles vs. SMU ... also registered a pair of interceptions (vs. Tennessee and Rice) ... contributed three tackles vs. Tennessee and Rice ... had a pair of pass breakups (vs. Troy and SMU) ... was team’s top punt returner during season as he had 10 returns for 61 yards ... had pair of returns for 26 yards in game at Rice. High School: Attended Pell City High School ... earned 5A All-State defensive back honorable mention by The Birmingham News ...earned St. Clair News-Aegis Player of the Year in 2003 ... two-time all-county performer ... four-year letterwinner ... had eight interceptions, returning three for



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2008 UAB Blazers touchdowns, in 2003 ...led the team in passes deflected with 10 and finished the season with 35 tackles ... led the Panthers with over 1,880 yards of total offense and 18 touchdowns in 2003 ... finished his high school career with a 15-2 record as starting quarterback ... averaged 14 yards per punt return in 2003 ... earned all-county honors at point guard on the Pell City basketball team during 2002-2003 season. Personal: Born Feb. 21, 1985 at Detroit, Mich. ... son of Lisa Sanders (deceased) and Shirley Sanders (grandmother) ... major is undeclared. Sanders’ Career Statistics G UA A Tot TFL 2005 7 11 4 15 0 2006 12 24 8 32 0.5 2007 12 35 19 54 1 Totals 31 70 31 101 1.5

Yds 0 0 2 2

Int Yds 2 7 3 0 3 43 8 50

PBU 2 8 6 16

FF 0 1 2 3

36 Paul Schoolar Wide Receiver 6-2 • 200 Junior Jemison, Ala.

Provides depth at receiver position. 2007: Did not see any action. 2006: Did not see any action for the Blazers. High School: Attended Jemison High School … played football and baseball for the Panthers during prep career. Personal: Born April 28, 1987 at Birmingham, Ala. … son of Greta and James Schoolar … major is pre-business.

53 Jake Seitz Offensive Line 6-2 • 290 Junior Vestavia Hills, Ala.

Redshirted in 2005 but was thrust into action in 2006 as the starting center on the offensive line ... has been a starter at center last two seasons ... saw some action at left guard during ’08 spring practice … was tabbed preseason secondteam All-Conference USA by Athlon Sports Magazine for 2008 season. 2007: Started all 12 games at center for the Blazers and had excellent season ... contended for all-conference honors. 2006: Assumed starting center position for the Blazers after graduation of Matt Batusic ... earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team as selected by league’s coaches. High School: Attended Vestavia Hills High School ... named to the Birmingham Post-Herald’s Super All-Metro team as a junior in 2003 as he helped lead the Rebels to a 12-2 record and a state semifinals appearance ... a two-year starter at offensive tackle for the Rebels ... two-time state heavyweight champ on Vestavia Hills’ wrestling squad which won the class 6A state championship in 2005 ... listed among The Birmingham News’ “Super Seniors” Class of 2005 “Best of the Rest” ... posted a 48-2 all-time record on the mat ... coached by Buddy Anderson. Personal: Born April 13, 1987 ... son of Dianne and Paul Seitz ... major is criminal justice.

75 Daniel Seahorn Offensive Line 6-5 • 295 Junior Houston, Texas

Signed with UAB last December and enrolled in January, 2008 … participated in spring practice. Junior College: Started the final four games at left tackle Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas his sophomore season … was an early signee for the Blazers and enrolled at UAB in January … planned to redshirt in 2007, but was forced to play due to injuries … received an overall grading of 80 percent for the season … was used sparingly on the offensive line before being named a starter … attended Jersey Village High School in Houston. Personal: Born Jan. 25, 1988 at Houston, Texas … son of Anna and Mike Seahorn … major is criminal justice.


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2008 UAB Blazers 1 Rashaud Slaughter Wide Receiver 5-9 • 185 Junior Adamsville, Ala.

Has seen action at running back and wide receiver during his career … was only scholarship running back in 2007 spring drills and was leading ball carrier last season … a versatile performer with big-play capabilities … was moved back to receiver prior to 2008 spring drills … listed No. 2 at “H” wide receiver coming out of spring practice. 2007: Was team’s No. 1 running back during season … gained 325 yards on the ground on 100 carries with one touchdown … his TD run came in the final game of the season at Marshall … season-high 57 yards rushing on 11 attempts vs. Tulsa … ran for 53 yards on 15 carries at Florida State in second game of season … had a long rush of 29 yards at Tulsa … also had a 25-yard rush at Tulane …. also recorded 22 receptions during the season to rank No. 4 on the team … had a season-best five catches for 43 yards vs. Florida State … also had three receptions at Mississippi State … also saw action as punt and kick returner … had six punt returns for 83 yards (13.8 average) … registered seven kick returns for 143 yards (20.4 average). 2006: Saw action in 11 games for the Blazers …earned spot on Conference USA All-Freshman Team as he was selected at two positions (wide receiver and punt returner) by the league’s coaches … saw action at running back, receiver and at both punt and kick returner … finished year with 16 receptions for 113 yards … ranked fourth on the team with his reception total … had a long reception of 22 yards against Mississippi State … caught 10 passes in road game at SMU to tie for fifth on UAB’s career list for catches Rashaud Slaughter

in a single game … had 93 all-purpose yards against SMU … only had one rush during season for five yards at Georgia … had six punt returns for 12 yards … averaged 24.1 yards on eight kick returns … had long kick return of 51 yards in season finale against UCF. High School: Attended Minor High School … an outstanding overall athlete, Slaughter was an outstanding running back at Minor … named to “Super All-Metro Team” by The Birmingham News as an “Athlete” … as a senior in 2005, he rushed for 775 yards and had 831 yards in receiving … perhaps more impressively, he registered 23 touchdowns (15 rushing, 6 receiving, 1 kick return and 1 punt return) … helped lead Minor to 7-4 record as a senior in 2005 and a Region 5 runner-up finish … advanced to first round of playoffs before team was defeated by Mountain Brook … was named Minor’s team MVP as a junior and senior … he was named honorable mention all-state and all-metro as junior in 2004 … he helped Minor to a 9-3 record and advancement to the second round of the playoffs in 2004 as a junior … coached by Tony Lunsford. Personal: Born Nov. 1, 1987 at Birmingham, Ala. … son of Catherine Williams and Tim Slaughter … major is undeclared. Slaughter’s Career Rushing G No 2006 11 1 2007 11 100 Totals 22 101 Receiving 2006 2007 Totals

Statistics Yds TD 5 0 325 1 326 1

LG 5 29 29

Avg/C 5.0 3.2 3.2

Avg/G 0.5 29.5 14.8 Avg/C 7.1 5.6 6.2

G 11 11 22

Rec 16 22 38

Yds 113 123 236

TD 0 0 0

LG 22 31 31

Rec/G 1.5 2.0 1.7

Punt Returns G 2006 11 2007 11 Totals 22

No 6 6 12

Yds 12 83 95

TD 0 0 0

Avg 2.0 13.8 7.9

LG 3 33 33

Kick Returns G 2006 11 2007 11 Totals 22

No 8 7 15

Yds 193 143 336

TD 0 0 0

Avg 24.1 20.4 22.4

LG 51 24 51

Avg/G 10.3 11.2 10.7

26 Justin Smartt Defensive Back 5-10 • 175 Junior Atlanta, Ga.

Reserve defensive back who provides depth to secondary. 2007: Did not see any action for the Blazers. High School: Attended Shiloh High School in metro-Atlanta area ...earned a pair of Gwinnett County Player of the Month awards while playing for Shiloh … was tabbed senior captain of team … coached by Robert Mathews. Personal: Born Dec. 19, 1987 at Atlanta, Ga. … son of Lisa Johnson and James Smartt … major is undeclared. 77


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2008 UAB Blazers 88 Julian Smith Defensive End 6-2 • 250 Junior Birmingham, Ala.

After spending as tight end, Smith has been moved to defensive end position entering fall practice. 2007: Saw action in 11 games during season, primarily on special teams … did not record any statistics. 2006: Did not see any action during season. High School: Attended Erwin High School in Birmingham … coached by John Watkins … named to 2004 Birmingham News “Best of the Rest” … also was offensive captain for Erwin for 2004 season … also participated in wrestling. Personal: Born Oct. 22, 1987 at Birmingham, Ala. … son of Shelia and Robert Smith … major is business.

42 Ferson Stafford Defensive Back 5-9 • 170 R-Freshman Phenix City, Ala.

2006: Saw action in 10 games for the Blazers and made one start (vs. Southern Miss) … finished the season with 21 tackles to rank 13th on the team … recorded a season-best nine tackles (7 solos, 2 assists) in that starting assignment vs. the Golden Eagles … also had six tackles in season finale at UCF … also had a forced fumble against UCF … recorded a pair of tackles for loss and one sack against Southern Miss … registered a forced fumble and one fumble recovery against Memphis … was named to C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. 2005: Did not see any action and was redshirted. High School: Attended West (Iowa) High School ... an all-state performer by Iowa Newspaper Association ... completed career at West with averages of 15.2 yards per catch and 6.4 yards per carry ... played both linebacker and running back for West ... holds the school and conference records for career tackles with 242 and tackles in a game with 17 ... also holds school and Missouri Conference records for tackles in a season with 90 ... all-time leader at West H.S. for tackles for loss with eight ... was named Metro Athlete of the Week as a senior and was a three-time All-Metro selection by the Sioux City Journal ... was a three-time All-Western Iowa selection by Omaha World Herald ... tabbed All-Northwest Iowa in 2002, 2003 and 2004 by Sioux City Journal ... also participated in basketball and track & field and was a threesport captain … was coached by Tim Schmidt. Personal: Born Feb. 24, 1987 at Birmingham, Ala. ... son of Broderick Steed ... major is communications. Steed’s Career Statistics Tackles G UA A Tot TFL 2006 10 16 5 21 2 2007 7 13 18 31 1.5 Totals 17 29 23 52 3.5

Provides additional depth for Blazer secondary. 2007: Did not see any action. High School: Attended Central High … earned all-region honors on two occasions … started for the South team in North-South All-Star Game as a senior … recorded 53 tackles as a senior … as a junior, he registered 34 tackles, six interceptions and a blocked field goal … also participated on basketball and track and field teams. Personal: Born May 23, 1989 at Phenix City, Ala. … son of Angelia Stafford and Ferson Lake.

45 B.J. Steed Linebacker 6-1 • 235 Junior Sioux City, Iowa

Saw significant action in 2007 ... enrolled early at UAB, coming on board in January, 2005 ... participated in 2005 spring practice drills ... was redshirted for 2005 season. 2007: Saw action in season’s first seven games with starts in two (vs. Mississippi State and Houston) … missed final five contests due to injury … despite missing five games, Steed ranked 11th on the team in tackles with 31 total stops … recorded 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack (both against Houston) … in start versus the Cougars, Steed registered career-high 11 tackles … earned a spot on Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. 78

B.J. Steed

Yds 12 9 21

Sks Yds PBU 1 9 0 1 6 1 2 15 1

FF 2 0 2


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2008 UAB Blazers 33 Mike Tashman

Personal: Born Dec. 1, 1987 at Birmingham, Ala. --- son of Edith Tashman … major is undeclared.

Linebacker 6-0 • 210 Sophomore Hoover, Ala.

Tashman’s Career Statistics G UA A Tot TFL 2007 10 40 24 64 7

Sks Yds PBU 2 17 1

Int 1


First season at UAB included considerable action, as well as battling though variety of injuries. 2007: Saw action in 10 games for the Blazers with nine starts … ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 64, including 40 solo hits … earned a spot on Conference USA All-Freshman Team … registered seven tackles for loss for minus 28 yards … also had pair of sacks … had one interception (vs. Tulane) … recorded a season-high 10 tackles against Mississippi State … also recorded nine tackles against both Tulsa and Tulane. High School: Came to UAB after attending U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School in 2006-07 ... was a late addition to the Blazers’ recruiting class, signing in March, 2007 ... was a standout performer at Hoover High School in metro-Birmingham … started at linebacker on the `05 Bucs team that finished 14-1 and defeated Daphne in the 6A state championship game, 56-14 ... in that game, he had two interceptions and six tackles ... helped lead the Bucs to a final national ranking of No. 8 by USA Today ... was selected to participate in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic ... started at linebacker at U.S. Military Academy Prep in 2006 as he helped lead the Black Knights to a 7-3 record.

Yds 28

Matt Taylor Free Safety 5-11 • 185 Senior Birmingham, Ala.

Became a regular for the Blazers in the secondary for 2007 season and is again expected to provide similar role this season … saw reserve duty in his first two years at UAB …... listed as No. 1 free safety on depth chart heading into 2008 fall practice … has seen action as one of the Blazers’ “nickel-backs” as well ... also has seen extensive action on Blazer special teams during career ... was redshirted in 2004 as true freshman. 2007: Played and started in all 12 games … concluded season as team’s No. 3 tackler with 70 stops, including 42 solo hits … also had 1.5 tackles for loss … was a steady performer for the Blazers as he had at least four tackles in

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2008 UAB Blazers all but one game during season … registered a career-best 10 tackles in season finale at Marshall … in season opener at Michigan State, Taylor recorded eight tackles ... had one fumble recovery in contest at Tulsa. 2006: Played in all 12 games … finished season with 10 tackles (4 solos, 6 assists) … also had one tackle for loss and one sack … recorded a seasonhigh three tackles in season opener at Oklahoma … registered sack and tackle for loss in game at Rice. 2005: Played in 10 games as reserve defensive back and was in on seven tackles during the season ... registered a pair of tackles against both SMU and East Carolina ... had a pass break-up versus the Mustangs. High School: Attended Oak Mountain High … was named All-Shelby County three consecutive years … played on both sides of the ball (cornerback and receiver) … played on varsity four years … as a senior, he earned “player of the week” honors … holds school record for interceptions and pass breakups … played three years on the varsity basketball team and was a four-year starter on the Oak Mountain soccer team … was listed as a North/ South All-Star in soccer … has been playing football eight years … coached by Tony Pugh in football … was excellent student in high school, earning recognition to Mu Alpha Theta honors ... also was named as Birmingham Post-Herald Scholar-Athlete recipient his senior year … won multiple math honors during years at Oak Mountain. Personal: Born Jan. 8, 1985 at Chattanooga, Tenn. … son of David and Pam Taylor … major is civil engineering.

Thomas … major is undeclared … father was a four-year basketball letterwinner at Ole Miss from 1979-82 and was a part of Rebels’ only SEC championship team.

Taylor’s Career G UA 2005 10 5 2006 12 4 2007 12 42 Totals 34 51

Thomas’ Career Statistics G UA A Tot TFL 2007 8 9 6 15 1

Statistics A Tot TFL 2 7 0 6 10 1 28 70 1.5 36 87 2.5

Yds 0 7 4 11

Sks 0 1 0 1

Yds 0 7 0 7

PBU Int 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 0

46 Terry Thomas Linebacker 6-1 • 230 Senior Bessemer, Ala.

After being thrust into action down the stretch of the 2007 due to injuries to linebacking corps, Thomas now enters fall drills listed as No. 1 at mike linebacker position. 2007: Played in the final eight games of the season … finished year with 15 total tackles, including nine solo hits … also had one tackle for loss (at Marshall) … most of action during season came in late-season contests … recorded season-high four tackles in season’s final game at Marshall … also had three tackles against UCF and Memphis. High School: Attended Jess Lanier High School. Personal: March 24, 1986 at Bessemer, Ala. … son of Tina Taylor and Terry Thomas Sr. … major is communications.

Yds 1

Sks Yds 0 0


Int 0

24 Cameron Thompson Wide Receiver 6-6 • 190 Sophomore Little Rock, Ark.

73 Caleb Thomas Offensive Line 6-3 • 290 R-Freshman Decatur, Ala.

Provides depth at receiver position.

Saw early action in 2007 but injury cut season short … has come back and had solid spring drills … listed as No. 1 center coming out of spring practice. 2007: Saw early action with start in season opener at right guard in contest at Michigan State … season cut short by injury and was given medical redshirt. High School: Attended Decatur High School … was tabbed as a Birmingham News Super Seniors Class of 2007 Best of the Rest selection … named to The Daily all-area team and was tabbed honorable mention all-state as a senior … his Decatur HS Red Raiders team posted a combined record of 23-10 in his three seasons as a starter … three-time all-region selection … was a Wendy’s Heisman representative … voted team captain for his senior year by his teammates … played in North-South All-Start Game (at Troy) as a junior … also played in Alabama-Mississippi Football Classic … member of 2007 Prepsports. com All-Southeast Region Team … nominated for Huntsville Channel 19 Sports Player of the Year award … was a member of the National Honor Society … coached by Jere Adcock. Personal: Born May 16, 1988 at Decatur, Ala. … son of Canitha and Tim

2007: Did not see any action. High School: Attended J.A. Fair High School in Little Rock … was a two-time letterman in football and lettered three times in basketball … helped basketball team earn berth in state playoffs … football coach was Donald Harris. Personal: Born March 24, 1989 at Little Rock, Ark. … son of Chana and Bobby Ray Thompson … major is industrial distribution.

63 Willie Thompson Offensive Line 6-6 • 295 Junior Louisville, Ga.

Has outstanding size and is expected to play larger role this season … saw his first action of career in 2006 for the Blazers ... was redshirted in 2005 as a true freshman ... listed No. 2 at right tackle on post-spring depth chart.


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