Blazers and Bulldogs kick off at Legion Field at 11:10 a.m.
Blazer cornerback returned an interception for touchdown at Troy
Signed with UAB in December, 2009 and enrolled the following January ... missed first half of 2010 spring drills due to injury rehab ... entering senior season in 2011 and expected to be starter as he heads into fall camp.
2010: Played in all 12 games and started 11 of those at cornerback ... led team in interceptions with three (vs. Florida Atlantic, UTEP and Southern Miss) ... finished season with 26 tackles to tie for No. 8 on the Blazer team ... season-high four tackles vs. four opponents (FAU, Marshall, East Carolina and Memphis) ... also had three tackles against Troy ... caused two fumbles (Troy and Memphis) ... registered eight pass breakups ... had a pair of tackles for loss (vs. Marshall and Memphis) ... earned honorable mention All-Conference USA honors.
Junior College: Versatile player who enjoyed an outstanding sophomore campaign at East Mississippi Community College after spending the previous two years as a walk-on at the University of Alabama ... helped lead East Mississippi to 11-1 record as a two-way starter ... coached by Buddy Stephens ... began the 2009 season at EMCC as a wide receiver before switching to cornerback midway through the campaign ... had 16 catches for 161 yards and a touchdown (59-yarder against Mississippi Gulf Coast in regular-season game) as a receiver on the year ... credited with 26 total tackles (24 solos & 2 assists) on the season as a cornerback ... ranked tied for third on the team with 10 pass breakups while only playing half the season on defense ... also had one sack for seven yards and helped preserve EMCC's 27-24 Mississippi Bowl victory over Arizona Western with his first collegiate pass interception coming late in the fourth quarter.
High School: Attended Northeast Lauderdale High School in Meridian, Miss. ... as a senior, he earned first-team all-state honors as a kick returner and second-team honors as a defensive back ... had six interceptions as senior and returned two of those for touchdowns ... also registered three punt returns for touchdowns ... as a wide receiver, he recorded 35 receptions for 696 yards ... his junior season, Ballou had 30 catches for 573 yards with 10 touchdowns ... named first-team all-area following junior season ... coached by Steve Nelson in high school ... also participated in basketball ... graduated with honors and 10th in his class.
Personal: Born Sept. 25, 1989 at Meridian, Miss. .... son of Angie Ballou ... major is communication management.