After playing backup role on offensive line in 2002, Batusic assumed the important role of starting center in 2003 ... has now started 24 consecutive games over the past two seasons ... a former defensive lineman in high school, he switched to offense his redshirt season.
2004: With the '04 season, he became the veteran of the offensive line ... started all 11 regular season games at center position for the Blazers, plus the Blazers' bowl game ... a consistent performer for UAB on the offensive front.
2003: Became starter at center and became solid fixture on offensive line for the Blazers ... started all 12 games for UAB as a sophomore.
2002: Saw backup duty on offensive line as a redshirt freshman ... started one game (at Army) when Kirk Tuck moved to guard because of injuries to offensive line.
2001: Sat out the season as a redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL: A defensive standout for the Alabama 6A state champion Hoover Buccaneers (2000) ... honorable mention All-State (The Birmingham News, Alabama Sportswriters' Association), "Best of The Rest (The Birmingham News Super Seniors) ... had 85 tackles, eight sacks, 25 hurries, four forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles as a senior ... an outstanding student with a 3.7 GPA.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 18, 1982 in Henderson, Ky. ... son of Frank and Sheila Batusic ... an international studies major ... a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.