UAB kicks off against Tigers at 1 p.m. Saturday
Blazers, Lions square off Saturday at 2 p.m. CT at Legion Field for UAB's Homecoming
UAB gained 267 yards, but was kept out of the end zone
Perry tosses three touchdowns, Nelson grabs two for Green team
Jamie Bender named to second team, Ty Long all-freshman
AP Photos: Football vs. Memphis
UAB 38, Marshall 31 - AP Photos
AP Photos: Football vs. East Carolina
AP Photos: UAB vs. Southeastern Louisiana
UAB vs. Ohio State (9/22/12)
Enters fourth season at UAB and is back as the Blazers' leading returning receiver and one of best in school history ... after outstanding true freshman campaign in 2010 that saw him lead all Conference USA freshmen in receptions (30), Williams came back last fall with nearly twice as many catches ... has been consistent performer throughout his career ... has caught a pass in all 35 games that he has played in at UAB, the longest active streak among returning receivers in the NCAA ... has 140 catches in three seasons to rank No. 4 on Blazers' career receptions list ... also ranks No. 4 all-time for the Blazers in receiving yards with 1,733 ... has provided excellent play as punt and kick returner during career ... his 2,511 career all-purpose yards rank No. 9 in the Blazer record book ... listed as No. 1 at "Z" wide receiver position entering fall camp.
2012: Was UAB's leading receiver with 52 catches for 799 yards and one receiving touchdown ... averaged 15.4 yards per reception ... his 52 receptions is sixth-highest season total in Blazer history while his 799-yard total is the seventh-best ... extended reception streak to 35 consecutive games with at least one catch in games in which he has played at UAB ... began season with a 157-yard performance (on six catches) in first contest of campaign vs. Troy ... also had 143 receiving yards (on six receptions) with a touchdown in road game at Tulane ... finished season with eight receptions at UCF for 55 yards ... fewest receptions in a game were two (at Houston and in a home game vs. Marshall) ... had a career-long reception of 63 yards in road game at Tulane ... finished with 10 kick returns for 227 yards and had 14 punt returns for 132 yards ... returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown in home victory over Marshall ... the 79-yard punt return was longest in Conference USA during 2012 season ... had a 53-yard kickoff return at South Carolina, his longest kickoff return of career.
2011: Saw action in 11-of-12 games for the Blazers, missing only the contest at Memphis ... started the first nine games of the season ... led team in receptions (58) and receiving yards (607) ... his 58 receptions last season rank as the fourth-highest single-season total in UAB history ... did not record a receiving touchdown in 2011 though he had three rushing (at East Carolina, vs. UCF and at Florida Atlantic) ... established a single-game career high for catches with 10 vs. UCF to tie for the fourth-highest single-game total in Blazer history ... had eight grabs for 89 yards in contest at Troy ... also posted seven catches in games at East Carolina and Tulsa ... posted a season-long 39-yard reception in season finale at Florida Atlantic ... had four games during season with more than 75 receiving yards ... rushed 13 times for 81 yards with three rushing touchdowns ... averaged 6.2 yards per carry ... had a long rush of 25 yards in final game of season ... totaled 208 all-purpose yards in contest at Troy, including 99 on punt returns ... averaged 11.0 yards on 12 punt returns during the season ... registered a 91-yard punt return at Troy ... returned three kickoffs for 57 yards.
2010: In his first season in the Green & Gold, Williams pulled down 30 receptions for 327 yards (10.9 average) ... tied for second on team with four receiving touchdowns ... also had one rushing touchdown (vs. Troy) ... earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team ... had at least one reception in all 12 games during the season ... had breakout game in third contest of the season against Troy as he had six receptions for 114 yards with two touchdown catches ... had three total TDs vs. Troy -- all in the second half -- with receiving scores of 36 and 44 yards and a rushing touchdown of four yards ... caught game-winning 44-yard `Hail Mary' pass from QB Bryan Ellis on final play of game vs. Troy to give the Blazers a 34-33 come-from-behind win ... had 13 rushes on the season for 45 yards with one touchdown ... returned three kickoffs for 90 yards with long return of 32 yards vs. East Carolina ... had three punt returns for 14 yards.
High School: Attended Vigor High School ... regarded among top receivers in the state ... signed with the Blazers in late March, 2010 ... as a prep senior at Vigor High School, Williams totaled more than 1,000 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns ... had 25 receptions for 573 yards while rushing for 340 yards on 32 attempts ... also had an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown ... also participated in track and field at Vigor ... transferred to Vigor from Mary G. Montgomery prior to senior year.
Personal: Born Dec. 15, 1991 at Mobile, Ala. ... son of Loretta and Jack Williams ... major is communications management.