Ty Long converts three field goals for the Blazers in 52-24 loss
UAB kicks off against Tigers at 1 p.m. Saturday
The Blazers held an early 9-0 advantage, but fell 29-15 to the Buckeyes
Perry tosses three touchdowns, Nelson grabs two for Green team
First-year Blazer made 16-of-19 field goals in 2011
Has had back-to-back outstanding seasons for the Blazers ... regarded as one of the top kickers in the country entering his junior season ... earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors and third-team Freshman All-America honors in 2011 ... holds UAB career record for field goal accuracy at 83.3 percent (30x36) in his first two seasons ... his 30 field goals are tied for No. 4 on the Blazers' all-time list ... is a perfect 19-of-19 inside 40 yards on field goals during his career ... ranks fifth all-time at UAB in scoring by a kicker with 153 points ... named to 2012 Groza Award Watch List.
2012: Enjoyed another stellar campaign for the Blazers ... ranked second in Conference USA (only to Tulane's Groza Award winner Cairo Santos) in field goal accuracy at 82.4 percent as he made 14-of-17 field goals during the season ... kicked a school-record long 54-yard field goal at Ohio State ... also registered the second-longest field in UAB history as he booted a 53-yarder against Southeastern Louisiana ... his 81 points scored are fourth-most by a kicker in school history ... his 17 field goals tie for the fourth-most in the UAB record books ... kicked three field goals in road game at Ohio State ... also had a pair of field goals against South Carolina and Southern Miss ... kicked a 46-yard field goal at South Carolina ... in addition to his record-setting 54-yarder at Ohio State, he had a 47-yarder against the Buckeyes ... booted a 48-yard three-pointer vs. Memphis and had 40 and 43-yarders in win at Southern Miss ... recorded 32 touchbacks on kickoffs during the season.
2011: Had outstanding season as a true freshman ... connected on 16-of-19 field goals ... had a pair of game-winning field goals (vs. UCF and Southern Miss) ... ranked No. 2 among Conference USA kickers in field goal percentage at 84.2 and was third in field goals made per game (1.33) ... ranked second nationally among freshmen in FGs made per game and was third among NCAA freshmen in FG percentage ... his 72 points scored ranked third in the country among freshman kickers overall and was the second-highest mark among true freshmen ... his 16 field goals were the most of any true freshman kicker in the country in 2011 and second-highest among all freshmen (Oklahoma redshirt frosh Mike Hunnicutt had 21 FGs) ... Long's 1.33 field goal goals per game ranked No. 26 in the NCAA statistics among all kickers ... set UAB freshman record for most field goals with 16 ... was named to C-USA All-Freshman Team and picked up league Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors following his performance in the Blazers' win over UCF ... was tabbed to third-team Freshman All-America Team by Phil Steele's College Football Preview ... against the Knights, he converted both of his field goal attempts, including his 40-yard game-winner with :21 remaining ... booted a season-high three field goals (four attempts) vs. Troy ... converted a pair of three-pointers in five other games ... kicked a season-long 49-yarder in game at Tulsa ... also had 46-yarder a week later in win over UCF.
High School: Attended Roswell High School ... was regarded as one of top prep kickers in Georgia as a senior ... was named to 2010 High School All-American Team by Kohl's Professional Kicking Camp ... was outstanding as a placekicker and punter at Roswell ... connected on 14-of-21 field goals with a long of 52 yards ... his 52-yarder came on the final play of 29-27 victory over Parkview in first round of Class 6-AAAAA state playoffs ... averaged 45 yards on 38 punts ... recorded an impressive 61 touchbacks on 65 kickoffs ... had field goals of 44 and 50 yards against West Forsyth ... was named first-team All-Region 6-AAAAA by Georgia High School Football Daily ... also tabbed to All-North Fulton Team by Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Personal: Born April 6, 1993 at Roswell, Ga. ... son of Gale and Gary Long ... major is business.