Jamie Bender named to second team, Ty Long all-freshman
UAB holds season's final weekly football press conference Monday
UAB previews game with Thundering Herd at Monday press conference
Freshman kicker booted game-winning 40-yarder vs. UCF
Blazers and Bulldogs kick off at Legion Field at 11:10 a.m.
Enrolled at UAB in January, 2010 after signing with the Blazers a month earlier ... started all 24 games in his two-year UAB career ... the former junior college transfer and Raleigh, Miss., product racked up 213 total tackles in those two years to rank 16th on UAB's career tackles list.
2011: Led UAB with 119 tackles, the fifth-most in school history, while ranking fifth in C-USA and 24th in the nation with 9.92 tackles per game ... also forced four fumbles (0.33 per game) to rank third in the league and 19th in the country ... contributed 7.5 tackles per loss and intercepted two passes ... returned one of those INTs 35 yards for a touchdown at East Carolina on his way to earning C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors ... recorded double-digit tackles in seven games during the season with a season-high 14 stops against both Houston and Florida Atlantic ... also had 13 tackles against Tulane with 11 on contests vs. East Carolina, Troy and Southern Miss ... had 10 tackles at Tulsa ... his 11 stops in win over C-USA champion Southern Miss were all solo hits ... in addition to interception for a touchdown vs. ECU, he also registered a pair of forced fumbles against the Pirates.
2010: Started all 12 games at safety in first season at UAB ... ranked second on team and 10th in Conference USA in total tackles with 94 ... totaled 73 solo hits ... recorded double-digit tackles in three games (UCF, Mississippi State and Southern Miss) with season-high 14 stops against the Knights ... earned honorable mention All-Conference USA honors ... had one interception with return of 52 yards vs. Southern Miss ... led team in pass breakups with nine ... had 2.5 tackles for loss (Tennessee, UCF and Southern Miss) ... also recovered one fumble (vs. Memphis).
Junior College: Attended Jones County JC in Ellisville, Miss. ... was second on the team in tackles with 65, including 40 solo hits in 2009 ... recorded three interceptions for 61 yards and had one interception return (47 yards) for a touchdown ... helped Bobcats compile 7-4 record ... was also an All-Region 23 and first-team, All-MACJC South Division selection ... was voted a permanent Bobcat team captain by his teammates ... coached by Eddie Pierce.
High School: Attended Raleigh High School where he was coached by Durwood Anderson ... was voted 2007 MVP and captain of team.
Personal: Born Feb. 6, 1990 at Laurel, Miss. ... son of Priscilla and James Bender ... major is IDM-sports health and society.