Blazers Gear Up For Saturday Scrimmage

The Blazers went through their 10th practice of spring drills on Friday.

April 13, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The UAB football team worked out for nearly two hours here Friday as the Blazers look ahead to Saturday's second scrimmage of their spring drills.

The scrimmage is scheduled to start at approximately 10:00 a.m. at the UAB practice fields and is open to the public.

Friday's workout was the Blazers' 10th of the spring and leaves them with only a week of spring practice remaining. UAB will wrap up spring drills on Saturday, April 21 with its spring game, set for Noon at West Campus Field.

One area of the team that will have several new faces when the season opens in the fall is the secondary. The Blazers lost all four starters from their 2011 secondary and of the team's nine interceptions last season, eight of those were recorded by departed defensive backs.

Despite the inexperience, both cornerbacks coach Anthony Blevins and safeties coach Brandon Sharp have been pleased with the progress of their position players this spring.

"I'm very pleased with where these guys are right now," said Sharp. "All I ask of them is to find one thing to get better at every day. But I see them working hard out there every day."

"I like the effort," Blevins said. "We're working on technique and fundamentals. The guys have been open to the coaching and have been working hard. We spend a lot of time in the meeting room, a lot of time watching film. We talk about foot placement, eye placement, hand placement.

"We've spent a lot of time talking about fundamentals, that's been the main focus this spring."

Blevins has also had two players -- Darius Powell and Kardeem Poole -- who began the spring at wide receiver who have now moved to cornerback.

"We've had to slow some things down for those guys, but at the same time, we've sped it up, too," Blevins said. "Those guys that came over (from the offense), you meet with them individually, but they have to catch up with the other guys.



"That's their responsibility and my responsibility to get the work done. You can't slow it down just because you have some guys coming over. They've got to catch up and work a little bit harder than the other guys."

Several players who saw limited playing time last season will be the picture for increased roles in 2011. "They didn't get a lot playing time last year so they didn't know the system as well as those guys who started," Sharp said. "When we came in, we basically have the same concepts; it's just the terminology they have to learn and adjust to."

Blevins stressed that technique has been the biggest point of emphasis this spring.

"We just finished practice (No.) 10 and we have practice 11 tomorrow which is going to be a big test for us," Blevins said. "The big thing is, and you'll hear the guys echo it, is technique and fundamentals over and over again. They're very conscious of it now. They see it on film and they come out here and try to improve on it. "

For Saturday's scrimmage, Blevins said he was going to be looking at four things. "As far as our guys, alignment, assignment, technique and effort," he said. "That's what they're going to be graded on, that's what we're going to be looking for."