Blazers-Green Wave will kick off Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT
Blazers, Cougars meet Saturday at 11 a.m. CT at Robertson Stadium on Fox Sports
Perry tosses three touchdowns, Nelson grabs two for Green team
Blazers and Bulldogs kick off at Legion Field at 11:10 a.m.
One of team's most experienced players ... enters 2014 season with 30 career starts ... saw immediate action as a true freshman in 2011 and started every game ... injury caused him to miss final five games of 2012 season ... started 11 contests last season ... expected to be one of UAB's leaders on the defensive front this fall.
2013: Played and started 11 games for the Blazers ... ranked No. 5 on team in overall tackles with 37 stops, 30 of which were solo ... recorded season-high six tackles against Vanderbilt, FIU and Rice ... led team in sacks with 5.5 (-34 yards) ... second on Blazers in tackles for loss with 7.5 (-40 yards) ... also had three quarterback hurries ... registered pair of sacks in final game of season vs. Southern Miss ...
2012: Started first seven games of the season before suffering season-ending injury ... recorded 32 tackles to tie for No. 8 on the team despite missing five contests ... recorded four tackles for loss (-17 yards) and 1.5 sacks (-9 yards) ... also had a pass breakup (at Houston) ... registered season-high nine tackles against Southeastern Louisiana ... had eight tackles at Houston ... had six tackles in home game vs. Tulsa ... recorded five tackles in the season opener vs. Troy.
2011: Finished season tied for 10th on team in tackles with 31 ... started all 12 games for the Blazers ... had 18 solo tackles ... recorded 2.5 tackles for loss for minus 15 yards ... registered 1.5 sacks for minus 14 (vs. Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Florida Atlantic) ... had sacks against Mississippi State and Southern Miss ... season-high five tackles in final game at Florida Atlantic ... also had four stops against East Carolina, Tulsa and Southern Miss.
High School: Attended Bibb County High School ... named the Class 4A Lineman of the Year in 2010 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) ... also tabbed to the All-State Defensive First Team by the ASWA ... selected to the ASWA's Super 12 Team ... led a Bibb County defense that held opponents to 10 points or less in 11 of 14 games in 2010 and recorded six shutouts ... featured on Scout.com's Alabama's Most Wanted Top 50 players list at No. 46 ... named a Class 4A West Alabama All-Star by the Tuscaloosa News ... recorded 52 tackles, 8.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 2009 ... coached by Mike Battles, ASWA's 2010 Class 4A Coach of the Year.
Personal: Born April 24, 1993 at Brent, Ala. ... son of Wendy Watkins and Elijah Taylor ... major is liberal arts.