Football Continues Camp With Thursday Afternoon Practice

Aug. 14, 2008

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The UAB football team continued preseason camp Thursday with a three-hour afternoon practice. After three dreary days to start the week, Thursday offered the Blazers bright sunshine and temperatures in the mid-80s.

UAB second-year head coach Neil Callaway singled out sophomore receiver Rodell Carter, redshirt freshman defensive back Ugonna Amarikwa and senior running back Aaron Johns for their strong performances Thursday. The Blazers closed practice with a competition between the offense and the defense, which the offense won.

After a week and a half of strong practices, the Blazers had to fight through a tough day Thursday that Callaway said was not their best.

"It's not easy (getting through rough practices)," Callaway said. "We've been out here almost two weeks, but at the same time, we've got to work hard everyday."

UAB will get back on the campus practice fields Friday with two sessions as it prepares for the second preseason scrimmage Saturday.

"Tomorrow's a two-a-day," Callaway said. "We'll work on a little kicking in the morning and try to get sharpened up a bit and get ready for the scrimmage Saturday. The morning will be not all kicking but probably 80 percent kicking."

The regular season kicks off two weeks from Saturday on Aug. 30. UAB opens with a Conference USA game against Tulsa at Legion Field. Kickoff between the Blazers and Golden Hurricane is slated for 3 p.m. CT.