First Practice In The Books For UAB Football

Quarterback Jonathan Perry at Tuesday's opening practice for UAB.

July 31, 2012

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Preparations for the 2012 football season are officially underway for UAB.

The Blazers took the practice field for the first time Tuesday night, opening fall camp at Legion Field because of wet conditions at the on-campus practice facility.

UAB head coach Garrick McGee was pleased with what he saw on day one, but emphasized the importance of making progress each day.

"I like our team," McGee said. "They're in shape, and I think we have a different attitude. They flew around and did a good job today. We still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do, but I like our team."

In Tuesday's practice session that lasted just over two hours, the Blazers went through several periods of position drills and eventually worked into some 11-on-11 team action without contact.

McGee was impressed not only with the group of returning players he had already seen in the spring, but also with his cast of newcomers.

"I think our freshman class is really good," he said. "We have depth with the freshman class. Their bodies are in position to help us right now. There aren't a lot of guys who have to get a lot bigger to be able to go on the field and protect themselves."

The Blazers were in shorts and helmets for Tuesday's session and will be in the same Wednesday when they are scheduled to return to the campus practice facility for another 6 p.m. workout.

UAB's fall camp is building toward the Sept. 1 season opener against in-state rival Troy. The Blazers and Trojans are slated to kick off Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. CT at Legion Field.