UAB previews game with Thundering Herd at Monday press conference
Jonathan Perry completed 31 of 42 passes for 327 yards and two touchdowns
Blazers and Bulldogs kick off at Legion Field at 11:10 a.m.
Redshirted as a true freshman in 2007 after outstanding Georgia prep career ... missed 2008 season due to rehab of shoulder injury ... saw light action during 2009 spring practice and then saw first collegiate game action during 2009 campaign... dealt with injuries for much of his time at UAB until last season ... took over starting quarterback duties for the Blazers in fourth game of the 2010 season and is firmly entrenched as top UAB signal-caller entering this fall ... already ranks No. 5 all-time at UAB in career passing yards (2,954) and is No. 3 in career TD passes (25) ... a May, 2011 graduate of UAB.
2010: Assumed starting quarterback role in fourth game of season (vs. Tennessee) after coming off bench to spark Blazers to come-from-behind, 34-33 victory over visiting Troy on Sept. 18 ... passed for 360 yards and three touchdowns in two-and-a-half quarters in the win over the Trojans, including a game-winning `Hail Mary', 44-yard touchdown pass to WR Jackie Williams with no time remaining ... finished season with action in 11 games and nine starts ... concluded season with outstanding numbers: 2,940 passing yards, 25 touchdown passes, 231-of-411 passing for 56 percent ... finished with four games of more than 300 passing yards ... his 418-yard passing performance vs. East Carolina is fifth-highest single-game performance in UAB history ... also had five TD passes against the Pirates, second-best in UAB history ... his 25 touchdown passes during the season were just one shy of school record (26) held by Darrell Hackney (2004) ... averaged 267 yards per game to rank No. 4 in C-USA and 18th nationally ... in addition to 418-yard game vs. ECU, Ellis also threw for 350-plus vs. Troy (360), Tennessee (373) and Memphis (361) ... passed for three or more touchdowns in six contests (Troy, UTEP, Southern Miss, East Carolina, Memphis and Rice) ... passed for 11 TDs in final three games of the season ... his 2,940 passing yards are fourthbest in UAB history ... had season-long 72-yard completion for touchdown to Patrick Hearn in win over Memphis ... already owns four of top 13 single-game passing performances (in yardage) in UAB history ... his 411 passing attempts are most in Blazer history ... did not play in season opener against Florida Atlantic and saw limited action in second game vs. SMU ... named honorable mention All-Conference USA.
2009: Saw action as holder in four games and quarterback in one ... hit 1-of-4 passes for 14 yards in road game at Texas A&M.
2008: Did not see action for the Blazers.
2007: Did not see any action and was redshirted.
High School: Attended Peach County High as a senior ... regarded among the top prep quarterbacks in the state of Georgia in 2006 ... was tabbed the Atlanta Journal Constitution AAA State Offensive Player-of-the-Year ... also received first-team AAA All-State honors by Journal-Constitution ... passed for more than 3,600 yards and also tossed 31 touchdown passes his senior season as he led the Trojans to a 14-1 record and the Class AAA state championship ... Peach County defeated Shaw, 28-7, at the Georgia Dome in state AAA final ... was tabbed All-Middle Georgia by Milledgeville Union-Recorder ... was selected to play in the GACA All-Star Game in December and threw for 151 yards and a touchdown, hitting 12-of-21 passes, and earning game MVP honors in the contest ... coached by Rance Gillespie ... transferred to Peach County his senior season after playing previously at a private school -- Tiftarea Academy in Chula, Ga.
Personal: Born Sept. 13, 1988 at Macon Ga. ... son of Sandi Shields and Ricky Ellis ... graduated in May, 2011, now in graduate school working on master's degree in public administration.