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Sons of UAB Spring Football Game

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April 2, 2015


Carolina Panthers teammates Joe Webb and Darrin Reaves among more than 120 former Blazers who will be honored as part of Sons of UAB celebration

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Two current members of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and the first UAB football player to make an NFL roster and play in the Super Bowl are among more than 120 former UAB Blazers committed to attend the second annual “Sons of UAB Football” Spring Flag Football Game.

The event will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 11, at Legion Field in Birmingham.

UAB fans, students, supporters and alumni are invited to attend. There will be no charge for admission. Gates will open at 10 a.m., and tailgating is encouraged. Festivities will include a “Dragon March” in which Blazers fans will gather to accompany the players around the perimeter of the stadium and into Legion Field to represent Blazer Football pride.

“As we will not have a Homecoming Football Game in Fall 2015, we hope this opportunity will bring together all UAB students, alumni, fans and supporters to celebrate the history of UAB football,” said event organizer Lee Miller, a former UAB kicker from 1995-97.

The event began in 2014 under the encouragement of Blazers football coach Bill Clark in an attempt to bring back former players into the UAB Football program. A group of former players, supporters and alumni agreed the tradition should carry on in spite of the closure of the UAB football program in December 2014.

“We are excited to bring back former players to the home of UAB football from the start, and the place where we hope it will someday return,” Miller said. “This event is all about honoring our history and celebrating what UAB football meant to us as a part of our university.”

“We hope anyone who was ever involved in UAB football in any way -- as a player, coach, with the support staff, the band, the cheerleaders, students and alumni, media, university clubs or just as a fan -- will come out and be part of this. This is about the UAB Family coming together to honor the players who gave us so many great memories.”

After the alumni football game, fans are encouraged to attend UAB home games in baseball (vs. Rice at 2 p.m. at Jerry D. Young Memorial Field), soccer (Alumni Game at 2 p.m. at West Campus Field) and softball (doubleheader vs. Louisiana Tech at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at UAB Softball Field).

Saturday night, all UAB fans are encouraged to attend the UAB Alumni Spring Football Bash at Iron City Birmingham (513 22nd Street South), featuring The Peytones. Doors open at 7 p.m., with show beginning at 8. Tickets are $15, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the UAB Football Foundation (available for purchase here:

The teams will be led by two special celebrity coaches:  ABC 33/40 meteorologist James Spann and SiriusXM College Sports Nation talk-show host Rachel Baribeau.

The roster includes players who represented UAB Football from its club inception in 1989 to Division III (1991-92, Division I-AA (1993-1995) and Division I-A (1996-2014).

Among those players scheduled to attend are some of UAB’s all-time greats, including:
-- Carolina Panthers teammates Joe Webb and Darrin Reaves
-- Josh Evans, who was UAB’s first NFL player
--  JJ Nelson, recently the fastest player at the NFL Combine and an All-America selection in 2014

The event is sponsored by Iron City Birmingham, TJC Mortgage, UPS Southside, Jones Sportswear Inc. and

DISCLAIMER: The Sons of UAB Alumni Football Game is not affiliated with nor does it claim association with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) or UAB Athletics.

WHAT: Second Annual Sons of UAB Football Alumni Spring Game
WHERE: Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, gates open at 10 a.m.
WHO: More than 120 former UAB football players are committed to appear at the event, including several all-time Blazer greats.
ADMISSION: Free through Gate 16
PARKING: Free in Lot M on 8th Ave. West.

10 a.m. -- Gates Open
10:15: Photos, autographs
10:30 a.m. -- Dragon March
10:40 a.m.  -- Player warmups
11 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Sons of UAB Football Spring Game

-- Media are welcomed and encouraged to cover and attend the 2015 Sons of UAB Football Alumni Spring Football Game.
-- If you would like to interview players or organizers in advance of the game, contact Lee Miller at
-- On game day, field access will be granted to visiting media. Please enter stadium parking lot M and proceed to Gate 16.
-- Large gathering of UAB football alumni ranging from members of the original club team to members of the 2014 team, as well as many coaches from teams through the years.
-- The rosters include several players who made the NFL or who are responsible for some of the most memorable plays and victories in UAB’s football history.
-- The alumni game will include Darrin Reaves Sr., and his sons, Darrin Reaves and Marcus Reaves. They are the only father-son legacy players in UAB football history.

Shamar Abrams, NG, 2001-2004, Vincent HS, Harpersville, AL
Nick Adams, WR, 2009, 2011-2012, Colleton County HS, Walterboro, SC
Rob Adams, TE, 1990, Berry HS, Hoover, AL
Alexander Adamson, WR, 1993-1996, Homewood, AL
Sean Alexander, DB, 1994-1996, Ramsay HS, Birmingham, AL
Tim Alexander, TE, 2012-2014, E.B. Erwin HS, Birmingham, AL
Jeffery Anderson, TE, 2007-2010, Southside HS, Selma, AL
Jake Arians, K, 1996-1999, Starkville HS, Starkville, MS
Bill Autrey, OL, 2011-2013, Columbus HS, Columbus, MS
T.J. Ballou, CB, 2010-2011, NE Lauderdale HS, Russell, MS
Steve Banks
Joe Bento, QB, 2011-2012, The Woodlands Christian Academy, The Woodlands, TX
Alvin Binion, OL, 1992-1995, John Carroll Catholic HS, Birmingham, AL
Kyle Bissinger, DE, 2003-2006, North Cobb HS, Atlanta, GA
Donald Blackmon, DB, 1991-1994, Gadsden, AL
Brian Bozeman, DB, 1995-1997, Hewitt-Trussville HS, Trussville, AL
Rodregis Brooks, CB, 1996-1999, Dadeville HS, Dadeville, AL
Anthony Brown, WR, 2001-2005, Carver HS, Montgomery, AL
Chris Brown, CB, 1999-2002, Avondale HS, Atlanta, GA
Cedrick Buchannon, WR, 1992-1995, Auburn HS, Auburn, AL
Pat Burchfield, DB, 2000-2001, Maben, MS
Marvin Burdette, LB, 2009-2012, Batesville, MS
Marlon Bush, DE, 1998-2001, East Limestone HS, Athens, AL
Greg Calhoun, OL, 2008-2011, Benjamin Russell HS, Alexander City, AL
Albert Calloway, OL, 2011-2013, Shades Valley HS
Jeremy Carter, FB, 1998-1999, Billingsley, AL
Adam Chandler, K/P, 2000-2002, Stanhope Elmore HS
Marquis Coleman, DB, 2008-2011, Chester HS, Chester, SC
Percy Coleman, RB, 1997-2000, Vestavia Hills HS
Derrick Colley, WR, 1995-1996, Bessemer City HS, Bessemer, AL
Jhun Cook, WR, 2002-2005, Huffman HS, Birmingham, AL
Nick Coon, WR, 2003-2007, Wetumpka HS, Wetumpka, AL
Thomas Cox, QB, 1999-2002, Jess Lanier HS, Birmingham, AL
Justin Craft, DB, 1994-1996, Alexander City, AL
Logan Creel, OL, 2007-2010, Grayson HS, Loganville, GA
Undrae Crosby, TE, 1997-2000, Stanhope Elmore HS, Millbrook, AL
Chuck Dietzen, QB, 1989, Kokomo, IN
Byron DeVinner, OL, 1991-94, Calera, AL
Caleb Dyck, RB/LB, 2008-2010, Dothan HS, Dothan, AL
Nigel Eldridge, LB, 2001-2004, Montgomery, AL
Marculus Elliott, RB, 2003-2006, Tate HS, Cantonment, FL
Vince Elliott, DE, 1989-1991, Pinson Valley HS, Birmingham, AL
Josh Evans, DL, 1991-1994, Lanett, AL
Curtis Falany, QB, 2003-2005, Vestavia Hills HS, Vestavia, AL
Tommy Fincher, LB, 1991-1993, Loxley, AL
Frantrell Forrest, WR, 2007-2010, Mobile, AL
Wes Foss, SS, 1998-2000, Darlington HS, Rome, GA
Rhett Gallego, K, 1998-2001, Hueytown, AL
Andy Galloway, OL, 2001-2003, Dothan, AL
Nick Haddad, Snapper, 2004-2008, St. Pius X HS, Atlanta, GA
Jason Hamlin, DL, 2003-2006, Thompson HS, Alabaster, AL
Joe Happe, DE, 2006-2008, Cherokee HS, Canton, GA
Dedric Hardrick, FB, 1999, North Jackson HS, Bridgeport, AL
Quinton Harris, OL, 2004-2006, Courtland, AL
Tommy Harrison, DB, 1990-1993, Columbiana, AL
Patrick Hearn, WR, 2009-2012, Quitman, MS
Tristan Henderson, TE, 2013-2014, Los Alamitos, CA
Carlos Hendricks, DB, 2001-2005, Sidney Lanier HS, Montgomery, AL
Dio Hill, DB, 2001-2003, New Smyrna Beach, FL
John Hix, OL, 2011-2012, Auburn, AL
Joey Hunter, FB, 2006-2007, Wetumpka HS
Greg Irvin, LB, 2009-2012, Demopolis HS, Demopolis, AL
A.J. Johnson, OL, 1993-1996, Irwin County HS, Ocilla, GA
Paul Johnson, LB, 1991-1992, Cordova, AL
Lee Jolly, QB, 1997-1999, Cedartown, GA
Chris Jones, LB, 1993-1994, Trinity, AL
Mike Jones, OL, 1994-1995, Jones County CC, New Augusta, MS
Michael Ketchum, DB, 1997-1998, Briarwood Christian
Andrew Kopecky, CB, 1998-2001, Vestavia Hills HS, Vestavia, AL
James Lewis, DE, 1997-1998, Birmingham, AL
Ty Long, K, 2011-2014, Roswell HS, Roswell, GA
Chris Maye, P, 1991-1994, Daleville, AL
Marc McCluney, OL, 1991-1994, Emma Sansom HS, Gadsden, AL
Jermaine McElveen, DE, 2003-2006, Atlanta, GA
Elliott McGaskin Jr, Saftey, 2009-2010, Mobile, AL
Tamar Mickens, RB, 2011-2014, Spain Park HS, Birmingham, AL
Lee Miller, K, 1997, Starkville HS, Starkville, MS
Chris Moon, DT, 1993-1995, Hewitt-Trussville HS
Chris Moreno, OL, 1990
X-Zavier Morris, WR, 2014, Prichard, AL
Benji Morrow, RB, 1995-1998, West Jefferson HS, West Jefferson, AL
Will Morthland,
D'Andre Mostella, RB, 2009-2012, Chatham HS, Danville, VA
Hunter Mullins, P, 2011-2014, Tallassee HS, Tallassee, AL
Derrick Murphy, DB, 1998-1999, Birmingham, AL
J.J. Nelson, WR, 2011-2014, Midfield HS, Midfield, AL
William Nichols, TE, 1991 & 1994, Meadowview Christian, Selma, AL
Shane Pearson, TE, 2000-2002, Athens, GA
Todd Pelkey, SS, 1999-2001, Pelham HS, Pelham, AL
Johnathan Perry, QB, 2010-2013, Dunbar HS, Baltimore, MD
Trey Ragland, P, 2008-2011, Hewitt-Trussville HS, Trussville, AL
Tony Ramirez, EQUIP. MGR, 2001-2007, Trussville HS, Clay, AL
Darrin Reaves Sr., RB, 1991, Birmingham, AL
Darrin Reaves Jr., RB, 2011-2013, Clay-Chalkville HS, Birmingham, AL
Marcus Reaves, WR, 2014, Clay-Chalkville HS, Birmingham, AL
Mark Reaves, OL, 1994-1997, Oxford HS, Oxford, AL
D.J. Reese, DT, 2007-2010, Daphne HS, Daphne, AL
Brandon Register, DB, 2003-2006, Seminole HS, Seminole, GA
Anquan Rimes, DT, 2010-2011, West Port HS, Ocala, FL
DeMarcus Rodgers, LB, 2001-2004, Southern Choctaw HS, Gilbertown, AL
Nick Salyers, OL/DL, 2008, Huntsville, AL
Paul Schoolar, WR, 2006-2009, Jemison HS, Jemison, AL
Jake Seitz, OL, 2006-2009, Vestavia Hills, AL
David Sigler, TE, 2004-2007, Albertville HS
Shawn Sims, WR, 1995-1998, Cherokee HS, Marlton, NJ
T.J. Simmons, WR, 1999-2002, Chipley HS, Chipley, FL
Adrian Singleton, FS, 1998-2001, Mobile, AL
Eddie Sinclair, LB, 1992-1994, Leeds HS, Leeds, AL
Rashaud Slaughter, RB/WR, 2006-2009, Minor HS, Adamsville, AL
Darion Smith, C, 2010-2011, Brookhaven, MS
Julian Smith, TE, 2005-2008, E.B. Erwin HS
Nolen Smith, TE, 2010-2013, Oneonta HS, Oneonta, AL
Jason Southall, WR, 2001-2004, Midfield HS, Birmingham, AL
Alan Spooner, LB, 1991-1993, Hewitt-Trussville HS, Trussvile, AL
Terrell Springs, CB, 2008-2011, Chester HS, Chester, SC
Ferson Stafford, DB, 2007-2010, Central HS, Phenix City, AL
Nick Stewart, LB, 1998-2001, Jefferson Davis HS, Montgomery, AL
Mike Trammell, OL, 1991-1994, Birmingham, AL
Adam Truitt, OL, 2004-2007, Hoover HS, Hoover, AL
Chuck Tuggle, OL/DL, 1989-1990, Birmingham, AL
Jake Vest, WR/QB, 1993-1995, Daleville, AL
Nathan Wade, OL, 1994-1996, Etowah HS, Gallant, AL
Julius Wainwright, DB, 2002-2005, Central HS, Tuscaloosa, AL
Daniel Walters
Shalin Waterford, DB, 2012-2014, Harvest, AL
Joe Webb, QB, 2006-2009, Wenonah HS, Birmingham, AL
Justin Whitmore, DB, 2002-2004, St. Edward Central Catholic HS, Elgin, IL
John Whitcomb, QB, 1992-1994, Chipley, FL
Daniel White, LB, 2009-2010, Apopka HS, Apopka, FL
Jackie Williams, WR, 2010-2012, Vigor HS, Prichard, AL
Jestin Williams, LB/DE, 2009-2011, Gordo HS, Carrollton, AL
Alan Willis, DB, 1994-1997, West End HS, Altoona, AL

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