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  • Brad Cummings

Know Your Blazer: Reynard Ellis

Updated: Feb 15, 2022

For some of us here in Birmingham this Dragon needs no introduction! But if you don't know him you soon will...welcome home Reynard Ellis!

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 230

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

High School: Shades Valley HS

Position: LB

High School: Many in Birmingham probably remember Ellis, and if you had to line up against him you definitely remembered Reynard Ellis. Lets take a look at his high school career. A 2017 graduate of Shades Valley (6A) High School. Named to Alabama’s All-Classification Super All-State Team at the athlete position and was a second-team all-state pick as an athlete by the Alabama Sportswriters Association. Ellis tallied 142 tackles, including four sacks his senior year. But that wasn't the only position Ellis played his senior year. He also lined up at running back, a position he had not played in high school, and rushed for 1,330 yards and 20 touchdowns. One of the more stellar performances that year saw Ellis run for 230 yards and five touchdowns while also racking up 10 tackles and two sacks in a 49-28 win over Parker. Later that season he rushed for 207 yards and compiled 12 tackles versus Pinson Valley. Ellis registered 15 tackles and ran for 140 yards and three scores versus Blackman(TN). Reynard Ellis was a gifted and athletic two way player which is the reason you see the awards he received as an athlete.

College Offers: Out of high school he received offers from Furman, Gardner-Webb, and UTSA. (The only offers I could find. Could be more.) Ellis chose to go to Furman in 2017.

Furman Career: Ellis as a true freshman played in 12 games, starting 10 of those for the Furman Paladins. He totaled 92 tackles, five for loss, two sacks and an interception in those 12 games. That earned him a spot on the Southern Conference all-freshman team. Ellis had 16 tackles, including 1.5 for loss and a sack in a win against Colgate. He had seven or more tackles in each of the final seven games of his freshmen season. Although finding great success early at Furman, Ellis was looking for something different. That something different was Georgia Southern University.

Georgia Southern Career: Ellis transferred in 2018 and had to sit out a year. Yes that's correct, he had to sit out a transfer year. Feels weird to say that now that most players can transfer at will for the most part, but that was college football just a few short years ago. In the 2019 season at Georgia Southern Ellis played in and started all 13 games. Leading the team with 86 tackles, including 10.5 for loss and 2.0 sacks. He also had two fumble recoveries, a blocked field goal, and three pass break ups. That was enough to earn Ellis an honorable mention All-Sun Belt Conference selection his first season in the league.

In the 2020 season Ellis played in nine games, starting eight. He tallied 59 tackles, including 6.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks, along with an interception and two pass break ups. Ellis was a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection by Pro Football Focus and named fourth-team all-conference by Phil Steele.

Prior to the Georgia State game in November, news broke that Reynard Ellis would be opting out of the remainder of the 2020 season. Early in 2021 he announced his intentions on transferring out of Georgia Southern via Twitter. Reynard did not play in 2021 and used that time to graduate and train.

Ellis is a grad transfer to UAB and depending on how the extra year everyone got applies to him its unclear to me at this time if he only has one year or more left. One thing I know for sure is that we are getting a player who was the best at his position at his two previous spots. He will be an excellent addition to an already stellar LB room. We are getting a high motor athlete who is coming home to finish his college career in front of his friends in family! Welcome to the Southside Reynard Ellis!


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