A premier performer in the Blazer backfield who came into his own during the latter part of the 1999 season?a likely starter at tailback as a senior?quick and explosive with a low center of gravity?a solid pass receiver who is UAB?s top returnee in that category?1999:
Started 10 of 11 games?led the Blazers in rushing with 689 yards on 122 carries and scored three rushing touchdowns?is also UAB?s top returning receiver with 22 catches for 124 yards and one touchdown?had a breakout performance vs. Missouri (9/4) with 85 net rushing yards on only four carries, with a 15-yard scoring run in the second quarter (his first collegiate rushing TD)?Coleman not only ran for more yards vs. Missouri than he did for the entire 1998 season (72 on 16 carries) but nearly eclipsed his 1998 season total on a single run of 69 yards in the game?s final minutes ?Coleman's 69-yard run in the final minutes vs. Missouri did not result in a score, but it is now the longest non- scoring rushing play in UAB history ?Coleman ran for only nine net yards vs. Virginia Tech (on six carries), but did score on a TD pass reception, a 29-yarder from Daniel Dixon in the second quarter?. Coleman made his carries count vs. ULM (10/2); he had two for 72 yards, all 72 of which came on a touchdown romp in the second quarter ? Coleman ?s 72-yard touchdown run in the second quarter vs. ULM is now the longest rushing TD in UAB history? Coleman ran for 94 yards at Cincinnati (10/16) ?he had a career-high 166 yards on on 19 carries with a 30-yard TD run at Louisville (10/30)?Coleman scored the game-tying two-point conversion on a rushing play in the final minutes of the Tulane game (11/20)?1998:
Started four games and saw action in all 11 contests?had 16 carries for 72 yards?also had five receptions for 149 yards?had five carries for 17 yards vs. Kansas (9/26)?had five carries for 34 yards at East Carolina (10/10)? had two receptions for 109 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown, vs. Southwestern Louisiana (10/3)?1997:
Saw action in seven games and made one start?made his first collegiate start in season finale at Arkansas State (11/22) ?finished second on team in rushing with 29 carries for 186 yards and fifth on team in receiving with 16 catches for 86 yards and a touchdown...had four carries for 44 yards in his first collegiate appearance at Southwestern Louisiana (9/27) ?scored first collegiate touchdown with 17-yard reception at Cincinnati (10/11)?led team in rushing with 14 carries for 77 yards and had eight receptions for 39 yards at Arkansas State...walked on during pre-season pracice ?HIGH SCHOOL:
A three-year letterwinner for Coach Buddy Anderson at Vestavia Hills High School in suburban Birmingham?Honorable-Mention All-State as a senior?rushed for more than 1,000 yards in both his junior and senior seasons?scored 24 touchdowns as a senior?rushed for more than 3,500 yards and 36 touchdowns in his high-school career?also lettered in basketball and track?was a high school teammate of UAB defensive back Andrew Kopecky and noseguard Rodney Jones?PERSONAL:
Born Sept. 27, 1979, in Jasper, Ala. ?son of Betty and the late Percy Coleman... an uncle, Ronnie Coleman, played football for the Houston Oilers of the NFL...a computer science major.