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Junior Season (2013)
Co-captain ... one of three players to start in every contest in 2013 ... earned All-Conference USA Third Team and NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's All-Midwest Region Second Team honors ... scored one goal in 2013 ... anchored a UAB backline that registered five shutouts on the year ... part of a UAB defense that allowed only 23 goals on the year, which ranks sixth in program history ... scored his only goal of the year against South Carolina (11/3).
Sophomore Season (2012)
Was one of six Blazers to start every match for the 2012 season ... named to the 2012 All-Conference USA Second Team ... had two goals for the 2012 campaign, a career-best ... scored off a header for the squad's lone goal vs. Kentucky (10/13) ... headed in his second goal of the year at UCF (10/27) in the team's 4-3 win ... was a member of the back line that collected clean sheets at Clemson (9/10), vs. Washington (9/16), and vs. Lipscomb (9/22) ... had 12 shots for 2012, with a third of them on frame.
Freshman Season (2011)
Had one of the best freshman seasons of any Blazer in recent memory ... became the first true freshman in school history to be selected by the NSCAA as an All-Region honoree, earning third-team accolades ... also earned a spot on the C-USA All-Freshman team ... started and played 20 contests on the year as a central defender ... played a key role for a UAB defensive unit that allowed a league-leading 1.01 goals per game ... lone goal of season was one of the most important tallies of the year for the Blazers, collecting the game-winner in UAB's 1-0 victory over then-No. 12 SMU (10/26) ... his 1,710 minutes played for the year ranked fifth on the team ... finished the campaign with 11 shots and four shots on goal.
A four year letterwinner under head coach Justin Smith at Dutchtown HS ... was tabbed as a two-time county and region player of the year in 2010 and 2011 ... named to the all-region first team in each of his last three seasons ... selected as the team's MVP in 2009 and 2011 ... also named the freshman offensive player of the year in 2008 ... was team captain as a senior after leading his team and region in scoring as a junior ... honored with the Dutchtown Academic Award as a senior.
Other Soccer Info
He played his club soccer for Alpharetta Ambush under head coach David Eristavi ... played alongside a pair of other Blazer signees (Karl Chester and Stewart Abrahart) ... named to the national championship's Best 11 for his performance at the 2011 USYSA National Championship in which his team finished runner-up ... helped lead team to the USYSA National Championship in 2010 ... also helped capture the state and regional titles in back-to-back seasons (2010 and 2011).
Born Darion Christopher Copeland on March 8, 1993 in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... son of Gary and Nicole Copeland ... one brother, Jeremy, and one sister, Ashley ... Business major ... favorite website is Facebook.com, Twitter.com and FoxSports.com ... if he were to play another sport, it would be basketball ... favorite movie is Transformers (all three) and Boyz N The Hood ... chose UAB because "the soccer program is good and UAB is close to home."