UAB's Swayze Waters Invited To Play in Texas Vs. The Nation Game

Jan. 8, 2009

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- UAB's Swayze Waters, who earned All-Conference USA honors as both a junior and senior for the Blazers, has been invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge.

The contest will be played Saturday, Jan. 31 at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas and will be televised nationally by CBS College Sports.

The format of the game pits a team of top-rated college seniors who played college or high school football in Texas against a squad of top-rated seniors from the rest of the nation. Gene Stallings will serve as the head coach of the Texas team for the second consecutive season while Howard Schnellenberger will serve as the head coach of the Nation team.

Waters, a placekicker/punter from Jackson, Miss., concluded his UAB career in November with one of his finest performances as he connected on all five of his field goal attempts in the Blazers' 15-0 win against UCF in Orlando.

Waters concluded his senior campaign with 19 field goals in 24 attempts. His average of 1.58 field goals ranked No. 9 in the country, according to the latest NCAA statistics.

He also handled the Blazers' punting duties for the second consecutive season and had a banner 2008 campaign as he averaged 43.6 yards per punt.



Waters was named first-team All-Conference USA as a punter and earned second-team all-league honors as a placekicker in a vote of C-USA's head coaches.

As a junior in 2007 when he hit 22-of-28 field goals, Waters was named the league's first-team placekicker by the media and was second-team by the coaches.

Waters finished his UAB career with 50 field goals in 64 tries. His career percentage of 78.1 is a UAB school record. His career average in two seasons as the team's regular punter was 42.4 yards per boot.