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- Nigel Eldridge
Nigel Eldridge

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Montgomery, Ala.

High School:
Sidney Lanier High School

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 235

Position:
Linebacker

Birthdate:
03/14/1982

Experience:
3L



Has had back-to-back standout seasons as sophomore and junior and appears primed to enjoy a stellar senior campaign for the Blazers ... part of outstanding starting trio at linebacker for UAB that also includes Zac Woodfin and Gaylon Black ... has totaled 229 tackles in past two seasons ... a legitimate all-star candidate for 2004 season.

2003: Started all 12 games for UAB and has started 21 of past 24 games for the Blazers ... ranked No. 2 on the team in tackles and among Conference USA leaders with 125 stops .

.. had double-digit tackles in eight games ... recorded a career-best 18 tackles against TCU with eight solo hits ... finished the season with 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one interception ... registered interception in victory at South Florida ... also was in on 15 tackles vs. Troy State ... in contest vs. SEC foe South Carolina, he recorded eight tackles, two tackles for loss and one QB sack.

2002: Became starter for UAB in fourth game of season after injury sidelined Gaylon Black for the season ... finished season with nine starts, seeing action in all 12 games ... ranked second on the team in tackles with 104, including 69 solo hits ... also recorded seven tackles for loss and a pair of sacks ... had one fumble recovery ... in his first career start vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, he responded with 13 tackles, including three tackles for loss and one sack ... finished the season with six games with double-figure tackles, including a string of five to conclude the 2002 campaign ... recorded a then-career-best 16 stops in season finale at Cincinnati as he also registered one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery in that contest ... had 12 tackles against Army with 1.5 tackles for loss ... had 10 tackles vs. Memphis, Southern Miss and ECU.

2001: Saw action in eight games ... posted a seven-game streak in which he made a tackle or an assist ... finished the season with 10 total tackles, including six solos.

2000: Sat out the season as a redshirt.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery ... honorable mention all-state as a senior ... three-time all-metro and Gridiron Great selection, team captain ... team Defensive MVP as a senior ... posted 148 total tackles (73 solo), three interceptions, six sacks and four fumble recoveries as a senior ... had 123 total tackles (56 solo) 12 sacks and one fumble recovery as a junior ... head coach at Sidney Lanier was Robert Fuller ... teammate of former Blazers Wilbert Hamilton, Artavious and Tony Williams, as well as current UAB player Carlos Hendricks ... played for former UAB assistant coach Richard Moncrief, who was the team's offensive coordinator ... also participated on the wrestling team.

PERSONAL: Born March 14, 1982 at Augusta, Ga. ... son of Beatrice Eldridge ... a sociology major.