April 21, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Quarterback Jonathan Perry threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns Saturday afternoon as his Green team defeated the White team, 43-8, in the UAB Football Spring Game.
Fans turned out to overflow the stands at West Campus Field for UAB's first Spring Game under head coach Garrick McGee as part of Saturday's Blazer FanFest.
"I was really happy about the crowd and our fan base," McGee said. "I saw a lot of our faculty, staff and students on the field today. It was just important that everyone came out and supported our kids. I know they appreciated it."
Receiver Jamarcus Nelson caught one of Perry's scoring tosses -- a 19-yarder -- and also hauled in a 57-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Greer. Nelson finished with a game-high 117 receiving yards on three catches.
Greer completed 6 of 10 passes for 137 yards on the day, combining with Perry for a total of 375 passing yards for the Green team. Perry finished 12 for 19 passing.
On the other side of the ball, defensive end Diaheem Watkins posted three sacks and Marvin Burdette racked up a game-high 11 tackles to help the Green defensive unit disrupt the White offense for much of the afternoon.
Saturday's contest was the culmination of UAB's spring practice period, which began back on March 28. As he has been throughout the spring, McGee again said he was pleased with his team's energy level Saturday.
"We definitely did not do everything right, but our kids played with a lot of energy and had a great attitude," he said. "I think our spring went well and we started to develop a plan to go about our business. I think we are capable of developing into a good team."
In Saturday's game, Perry hit wide receiver Jackie Williams for a 75-yard touchdown on the second series to get the scoring started. Later in the first quarter, on the heels of a 20-yard run from Bashr Coles, Perry found receiver Patrick Hearn on a 1-yard scoring toss in the corner of the endzone.
A 27-yard Ty Long field goal made the score 17-0 at the end of the first quarter, and then running back Dontavius Jackson pounded in a pair of short touchdown runs in the second quarter, pushing the Green lead to 29-0 at halftime.
While Jackson scored both rushing touchdowns for the Green team, Greg Franklin and Coles led the team on the ground with each carrying seven times for 65 and 63 yards, respectively.
After the break, Nelson hauled in both of his touchdown grabs in the third quarter as the Green side extended its lead to 43-0.
The White team got in on the scoring late in the second half when quarterback Austin Brown found receiver Stephen Herring on a 6-yard scoring strike. The White team then added a safety on the game's final play with defensive end Jose Casanova chasing down Perry in the endzone.
The White team also recorded the only two interceptions of the day with both coming in the end zone. Linebacker Jesse Parrish picked off Perry, and cornerback Dequindre Adams intercepted Greer.
Brown led the White team offensively, completing 10 of 15 passes for 109 yards. Receiver Freddie Moore finished with three catches for a team-high 61 yards, while tight end Bud Pruitt also added three grabs.
Receiver Jay Davis, playing for the Green team, led all players in the game with five receptions.
The Blazers are now a little more than four months away from the start of the 2012 season with a Sept. 1 home game against Troy. McGee said Saturday he has learned a lot about his team heading into his first season at UAB.
"I learned they have a great attitude and are really committed to doing things well," he said. "They want to do things the right way. They want to learn how to play the game at a certain level. I also learned we have a lot of good players on our team -- more than most people think we have."
SPRING GAME STATISTICS
1st Q (10:37) -- Perry 75-yard pass to J. Williams (Long PAT); 7-0
1st Q (6:38) -- Perry 1-yard pass to Hearn (Long PAT); 14-0
1st Q (0:29) -- Long 27-yard field goal; 17-0
2nd Q (3:25) -- D. Jackson 3-yard run (Pass failed); 23-0
2nd Q (0:20) -- D. Jackson 1-yard run (Pass failed); 29-0
3rd Q (8:02) -- Greer 57-yard pass to Nelson (Anderson PAT); 36-0
3rd Q (2:14) -- Perry 19-yard pass to Nelson (Long PAT); 43-0
4th Q (1:02) -- Brown 6-yard pass to Herring (No PAT attempt); 43-6
4th Q (0:00) -- Perry tackled in endzone - Safety; 43-8
Green: Jonathan Perry, 12-19, 238 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT; Josh Greer, 6-10, 137 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT. White: Austin Brown, 10-15, 109 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT; Joe Bento, 3-5, 26 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT; Mike Miller, 1-3, 2 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT.
Green: Jamarcus Nelson, 3-117, 2 TD; Jackie Williams, 2-87, 1 TD; Jay Davis, 5-58; Nick Adams, 2-48; Nolen Smith, 3-25; Patrick Hearn, 2-22, 1 TD; Greg Franklin, 2-18. White: Freddie Moore, 3-61; Bud Pruitt, 3-19; David Calloway, 1-16; Teddy Wright, 2-15; Stephen Herring, 2-14, 1 TD; Tamar Mickens, 1-2; D'Andre Mostella, 1-2.
Green: Greg Franklin, 7-65; Bashr Coles, 7-63; Dontavius Jackson, 4-14, 2 TD; Jonathan Perry, 2-9. White: D'Andre Mostella, 7-19; David Calloway, 4-10; Tamar Mickens, 5-0.
Marvin Burdette, 11 TKLS; Diaheem Watkins, 6 TKLS, 5 TFL, 3 Sacks, 1 PBU; Jesse Parrish, 7 TKLS, 1 INT; Shalin Waterford, 8 TKLS, 1 PBU; Tevin Crews, 6 TKLS, 2 TFL; Dequindre Adams, 5 TKLS, 1 INT, 1 PBU; Aaron Green, 4 TKLS, 2 Sacks; Caleb Lester, 5 TKLS, 1 Sack, 1 PBU; Lamar Johnson, 4 TKLS, 1 TFL.
Ty Long: 1-1 (27 yds)
Hunter Mullins, 4-188 (47.0); Ty Long, 3-148 (49.7)