Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Blazer Names to Know: #29 Nick Coon

After a tremendous start as a true freshman in 2003, Coon's production dropped to almost nothing in '04 and '05 as he fell down the depth chart in favor of upperclassmen Roddy White, Reggie Lindsey, and Jhun Cook. In '03 he played in 10 of 12 games, catching 10 for 362 yards and 3 TDS, including a game winning 50 yard TD pass with :40 left on the clock to beat Baylor in Waco and a 57 yard TD pass to seal a victory at Memphis. Of those 10 receptions, six went for more than 35 yards and three were longer than 50 yards. His career best 91 yard TD catch (from this season's likely starting QB Chris Williams, playing in place of an injured Darrell Hackney) against Army is the fourth longest pass play in UAB history. In '04 his production dropped to only two catches (for 47 yards) while he dropped to #2 on the depth chart, and '05 saw him in nine games but on the receiving end of only one pass (for 8 yds against Rice). The coming season shows Coon as the #1 "Z" WR where hopefully he can again put up big numbers like he did in '03.

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