Will compete with Greg Ward and Rich Palmese for playing time at tight end ? Moved from fullback to tight end during spring practice ? A versatile and athletic player ? Strong and explosive with excellent speed ? Also a key contributor on special teams ? Has played in nine career games.
1999: Reserve fullback, who also played on special teams ? Saw action in nine games ? Played fullback against Richmond, William & Mary and Connecticut ? Caught three passes for 22 yards at Richmond ? Also saw action on special teams against New Hampshire, Villanova, Delaware, Rhode Island, Furman and Georgia Southern ? Returned a kickoff for 18 yards against New Hampshire, while also recording a pair of tackles.
Before UMass: Came to UMass from Bloomfield (Conn.) High School, where he played for coach Jack Cochran ? Named first team All-State by the Hartford Courant and the New Haven Register ? Selected to the USA Today All-Connecticut team ? Totaled 853 rushing yards, 700 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns during his senior season ? Also had four kickoff returns and two punt returns for touchdowns ? Recorded eight interceptions, 24 sacks and 118 tackles on defense ? Had 1,809 rushing yards, 863 receiving yards and 40 touchdowns during his high school career ? Also had career totals of 244 tackles, 29 sacks and 12 interceptions.
Personal: Full name is Darrell L. Shabazz ? Born January 18, 1981 in Hartford, Conn. ? Son of Donna and Akwan Shabazz ? Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Shabazz?s Receiving Statistics
Shabazz?s Career Highs
Receptions 3 vs. Richmond, 11/6/99 Receiving Yards 22 vs. Richmond, 11/6/99 Long Reception 11 vs. Richmond, 11/6/99 All-Purpose Yards 22 vs. Richmond, 11/6/99