Jordan Howard ran for 148 yards and a touchdown to lead UAB
Blazers, Cougars meet Saturday at 11 a.m. CT at Robertson Stadium on Fox Sports
UAB gained 267 yards, but was kept out of the end zone
Entering third year at UAB after another productive season with the Blazers ... has started 21-of-24 games in his first two seasons ... has seen action at both safety and linebacker ... hard-nosed competitor who has knack for being around the ball ... moved to linebacker at start of 2013 spring drills ... already has registered 156 tackles in first two seasons at UAB.
2013: Was team leader in tackles with 93, including 58 solo hits ... also paced Blazers in tackles for loss with 8.0 (-21 yards) ... recorded one interception (vs. East Carolina) ... forced a fumble in season opener at Troy ... registered double-digit tackles in three games (Troy, Marshall and East Carolina) ... season-high 13 stops at ECU, with 12 against Marshall and 11 in season opener at Troy ... also recorded nine tackles in contests against Northwestern State and UTSA ... named to Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
2012: Made immediate impact on UAB defense ... played in all 12 games as a freshman and started 10 of those ... ranked No. 4 on the team in tackles with 63 stops, including 36 solo hits ... ranked among top freshman tacklers in Conference USA ... recorded a season-high 10 tackles in home game vs. Tulsa ... also registered nine tackles in three different games (Ohio State, East Carolina and Tulane) ... finished season with 3.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble (vs. Tulane) ... had a pair of tackles for loss against Southeastern Louisiana ... notched his first collegiate interception in road game cat South Carolina ... also excelled in the classroom as he was named to Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and also was a recipient of the C-USA Academic Medal (3.6 GPA or higher).
High School: Attended Chelsea High just south of Birmingham ... saw action on both sides of the ball for Chelsea but earned most of his notoriety as an outstanding quarterback for the Hornets ... passed for 1,058 yards and rushed for 1,491 yards as a senior ... averaged more than seven yards per carry as a senior ... passed for nine touchdowns and ran for 22 scores ... ran for 264 yards and two touchdowns against Shelby County as the Hornets posted their first win over the Columbiana school in 13 years ... named the Shelby County Player of the Year by the Shelby County Reporter ... also contributed 44 tackles on the defensive side for Chelsea ... helped team reach Class 5A state playoffs ... earned spot on Birmingham News All-Metro Team as Athlete ...named to 2011 Birmingham News All-Shelby Team as an Athlete as a senior ... listed as No. 49 prospect in state by Scout.com and also was named honorable mention all-state by Scout.com ... as a junior, he was named honorable mention All-Shelby County by Shelby County Reporter ... passed for 1,673 yards and 16 touchdowns his junior year ... also ran for 1,055 yards and 10 touchdowns ... as a sophomore in 2009, he ran for 797 yards as he played running back for six games ... also recorded 13 receptions for 113 yards ... played quarterback last two games of the season and passed for 445 yards and three touchdowns ... played linebacker on defense and registered 92 tackles with an interception ... also a standout on Chelsea basketball team, eclipsing 1,000-point mark for career in January, 2012 ... excellent student as well ... member of National Honor Society in 2010 and 2011.
Personal: Born March 22, 1993 at Alpharetta, Ga. ... son of Janene and Greg Ganus ... major is business.