Versatile performer who has made significant contributions to Blazers' offense the past two seasons ... will see his role increase even more this fall with departure of WRs Reggie Lindsey and Jhun Cook ... team's leading returning receiver (41 catches in '05) ... ranked No. 3 on the team in receiving last fall ... excellent weapon as running back or receiver, as well as return specialist.
2005: Played in all 11 games and started six for the Blazers ... his 41 receptions and 390 receiving yards were both third on the team ... caught a pair of touchdown passes (vs. Jacksonville State and Memphis) ... best receiving games came against Southern Miss (8 catches or 86 yards) and East Carolina (8 catches, 89 yards) ... eight grabs are a career-best as is the 89- yard performance vs. ECU ... season-long receptions (35 yards) also came against the Golden Eagles ... had seven receptions in season opener at Tennessee also rushed for 45 yards on 13 carries during season ... rushed for 22 yards on three carries vs. Southern Miss ... Blazers' top kickoff return performer as he averaged 22.4 yards on 15 returns ... had a season-long kickoff return of 38 yards vs. East Carolina in season finale.
2004: Saw plenty of quality action for the Blazers during season ... started five contests ... caught 23 passes for 265 yards with a pair of touchdowns ... also rushed 21 times for 156 yards and 7.4 yards per carry average ... rushed for four touchdowns, giving him six combined scores ... despite narrow defeat at Tulane, Drinkard enjoyed an outstanding day as he scored four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving) to tie a UAB single-game record for TDs ... in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl, Drinkard had 94 all-purpose yards (36 rush, 58 receiving) ... caught five passes against Hawai'i in bowl game ... caught three passes against Tulane for 37 yards ... was on receiving end of four passes for 63 yards against Memphis.
2003: Did not see any action for UAB.
2002: Sat out season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Houston County High ... named Alabama 2A Back of the Year as a senior ... averaged 13 yards per carry as a senior ... rushed for 2,000 yards and 34 touchdowns (that ties him for 20th place all-time in AHSAA history) ... scored 32 touchdowns as a junior ... tied for eighth all-time in AHSAA history with 78 career touchdowns (1999-01) ... had 4,476 career rushing yards (1999-01; ranked 18th in AHSAA history) ... ranked third all-time in AHSAA history in all-purpose yards (6,268) ... team was 10-0 and ranked second in the final ASHAA 2A regular season poll in 2001 ... coached by Chip Harris.
PERSONAL: Born Oct. 12, 1983 at Dothan, Ala. ... son of Charlie and Arlashiel Lane ... major is history.