Saw backup duty on defensive front in 2005 but will take on increased role this fall ... listed as No. 1 nose tackle entering fall practice ... enrolled at UAB in January, 2004 after transferring from Butler County (Kan.) Community College ... originally signed with UAB out of high school in 2001 before going to Butler.
2005: Saw action in nine games on defensive line for the Blazers ... was in on 16 tackles during the season ... recorded three tackles for loss and recovered one fumble (vs. SMU) ... had a season-high 1.5 tackles for loss in contest against Southern Miss ... also had a tackle for loss against Rice and SMU.
2004: Played first season at UAB and made contribution as reserve defensive lineman ... was in four tackles during season.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Butler County (Kan.) Community College ... was named first-team All-Jayhawk Conference as registered 50 overall tackles with 12.5 tackles for loss and five sacks ... also recorded one blocked kick during the 2003 season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Lamar County High School in Barnesville, Ga. ... four-year football letterman ... earned Class AA honors as prep senior ... recorded 93 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior in 2000 ... team reached quarterfinal round of Georgia state playoffs his junior and senior seasons.
PERSONAL: Born Dec. 14, 1981 at Thomaston, Ga.. ... son of Virginia and Clarence Respress ... major is criminal justice.