Blazers Go Through First Two-A-Day Practice Friday

Aug. 10, 2007

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB football team went through its first two-a-day practice of the preseason on Friday, holding one 18-period morning session and a 16-period session in the afternoon. The Blazers donned full pads for their morning practice, while switching to shorts and shoulder pads later in the day.

UAB head coach Neil Callaway was pleased with the overall outcome of his squad's first two-a-day this year, especially with the team's motivation and effort to be productive throughout the day.

"Overall, I thought it was good," said Callaway. "This morning we did a lot more contact and I thought the effort and intensity was pretty good. This afternoon we backed off and didn't have as much contact.

"It got a little lackadaisical at times, but overall I think it was a good day, trying to fight through and make sure we got good work in. I think they just had a mindset that they were going to work through it and get something done. I thought they got that done."

As Callaway continues to get to know his players and evaluate them on the field, certain players are catching his eye.

"Linebacker Mike Tashman wasn't here this afternoon because of a final, but he had a good morning," said Callaway. "Offensively, Jeffrey Anderson did some good things today at tight end, both blocking and catching."

Friday afternoon marked UAB's final practice before their first scrimmage of the season on Saturday, which will be closed to the public.