Blazers Add Full Pads In Friday Practice

Aug. 8, 2014

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The UAB football team put on full pads for the first time of fall camp Friday morning under a hot sun, but less humid conditions, at the UAB Practice Fields.

"We say its very similar to the shells, we try to stay off the ground and protect each other," head coach Bill Clark said after the team's fifth practice. "But, our urgency picks up a bit."

Clark said yesterday was a defensive day on the practice fields, but he felt the offense took the spotlight today.

"Yesterday was probably a defensive today and today was an offensive day, so the defense will have to respond to that," Clark said. "That's how it goes in camp, one group gets feeling good about themselves and they usually slip."

While the temperatures have been high all week, suiting up with full gear adds even more for the players to battle the tough conditions, but they say it's just another obstacle you have to overcome.

"It's really all about what you do in your preparation before, and your hydration," senior tight end Kennard Backman said. "When you're out here you have to get as much water as you can."

"You have to fight through it," senior defensive lineman Chris Walton said. "It's going to be hot, and when we play Troy it's going to be 90+ degree weather, so you just have to fight through that."

UAB will return for day six of camp on Saturday morning in the first two-a-day schedule of preseason action.

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