Aug. 1, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB football team completed day two of fall camp Wednesday at the Blazers' on-campus practice fields, competing in shorts and helmets for roughly two hours.
First-year defensive coordinator Reggie Johnson noticed that through just two practices the team is focused and that the offseason workouts have paid off.
"They obviously worked hard over the summer and have given excellent effort the last couple of days," Johnson said. "They've also been attentive, so I'm pleased with where they are, but we still have to grow and keep pushing. I think the guys are hungry and it's exciting to coach them."
The Blazers return four starters on defense from last season, which Johnson feels is important to help the new and inexperienced players develop and make an impact.
"(The young) guys have been here since early June and our older guys have done an excellent job of taking them under their wing and covering a lot of basic stuff with them," Johnson said. "It is important getting (the newcomers) acclimated now to our pace of practice and what our expectations are."
Johnson is interested to see who performs once the shoulder pads are put on for the first time during Thursday's practice, which is slated to take place on campus at 6 p.m. The Blazers will spend two days in shells before getting into full pads for the first time on Saturday.
"Essentially everybody looks good running around in shorts," Johnson said. "Once (the guys) take a shot or give a shot we will see if they can still focus and still play at a high level. I'm excited to see them work tomorrow."
The Blazers have their eyes set on the first game on the 2012 schedule, slated for Sept. 1 against in-state rival Troy. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT at Legion Field.