Aug. 15, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - More than a handful of new faces have been on the field for the UAB football team during fall camp. Head coach Bill Clark has liked what he has seen from the newest members of the Blazers' football program and how they have jelled with the returning players.
"I think that all starts in the summer," Clark added. "99 percent of our guys were here. They got to work out with them. They got to hang out with them. They have really bonded well. I could not be happier with that. I am really proud of how they have come together as a group."
The 2014 UAB football team will infuse a fresh crop of talent from all across the nation with a large returning core. In total, more than 45 members of the squad earned letters during the 2013 season. Thus far, it seems that the newest Blazers are adjusting just fine.
"One of the guys said the other day when we asked him how he liked, `Coach, this is home,' and he is from California," Clark commented. "That's what we want them to feel like, that this is a family and that we take care of each other."
Junior safety Desman Carter is one of seven players from the state of California that came to Birmingham for the 2014 season. Carter believes the transition went smooth from the West Coast to Birmingham.
"They have embraced me like I have been here, just like them," Carter said. "That's a good thing."
The squad heads into its second scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Legion Field. Clark likes the team's preparation heading into the scrimmage and is looking forward to seeing some results.
"I thought we had a good day, not a great day, but we had a good day," Clark stated leading into Saturday's scrimmage. "We are getting ready for a big scrimmage tomorrow."
Saturday's scrimmage will provide an opportunity for the coaching staff to further evaluate the team in a game-like setting. In addition, it gives the coaches the chance to try out different things on the field.
"We are still experimenting at positions, plays, and defenses," Clark said. "We are running the whole kitchen sink before the first game."
The coaches are not the only ones excited for Saturday's scrimmage. Carter talked about how the team is excited to play some live football in the scrimmage scenario, especially as a defensive player.
"Everybody always wants to make a tackle and when we go thud the offense always tries to run us over," Carter added. "When we get a chance to hit it becomes fun."
Football Fan Day
Blazer fans can get a chance to meet the 2014 team at the squad's annual Football Fan Day at The Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds on Sunday, Aug. 17. The event will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the main entrance near the food court.
Fans can gets autographs, posters, schedule cards, tickets, and much more at Sunday's event. Coach Clark is looking forward to see his team interacting with the community.
"Every chance if we can get out, we want to do it," Clark said. "We want our guys to be well-rounded. We want them to be members of this community. We want people to be proud of them and I think that is part of the whole experience."
The 2014 UAB football team will kick off its season against Troy on Saturday, Aug. 30 at home. Game time is set for 11 a.m. CT at Legion Field. Ticket information for UAB's six home games can be found at www.UABsports.com or by calling the UAB ticket office at 205-975-8221.
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