The Blazers' only returning starter to start all 12 games in 2003 and the "veteran" among the UAB defensive linemen ... overall, he is one of three defensive starters returning on the defensive front heading into the 2004 season ... will be counted on heavily in 2004 ... could contend for all-conference honors.
2003: Ranked third on the team in tackles with 84 stops as he started all 12 games for the Blazers ... recorded 46 solo tackles and 38 assists ... his tackle equaled his season number from the 2002 season as a sophomore ... led team in tackles for loss with 10.5 ((for -14 yards) ... registered a pair of sacks during the season ... logged a season-high nine tackles in three different games (vs. Baylor, Cincinnati and Army) ... had three tackles for loss in contest against Southern Mississippi.
2002: Emerged as steady performer for UAB defense ... finished the year as the team's fifth-leading tackler with 84 tackles, including 45 solo hits ... started the season's last 10 games at a defensive tackle position ... recorded 8.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks ... also had one forced fumble ... registered his first double-digit tackle game of his career with 11 stops against Southern Mississippi ... also had nine tackles against Pittsburgh and Houston
2001: Appeared in nine games, backing up Rodney Jones at noseguard ... made his collegiate debut vs. Montana State (Aug. 30) -- broke up a pass in that game ... had a solo tackle and an assist at Central Florida (Oct. 6) ... finished the season with one solo, three assisted tackles.
2000: Sat out the season as a redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner for coach Don Harris at Vincent High School ... Alabama Sportswriters' Association 3A lineman of the year as a senior .... The Birmingham News 3A All-State on two occasions (1998, 1999) .... rated No. 19 on the Birmingham Post-Herald's list of the state's top prospects ... made 130 tackles and had 18 sacks as a senior ... averaged more than 10 tackles per game as a four-year starter ... recorded 240 tackles and 33 sacks in his four varsity seasons (had 125 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior) ... All-Metro selection by the Birmingham Post-Herald .... ASWA 3A All-State ... also lettered in baseball (three seasons).
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 2, 1981 in Birmingham, Ala. ... son of Melanie and David Abrams ... a history major.