Aug. 16, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB football team held its second scrimmage of preseason camp Saturday and it was the Blazer defense that came out and set the tone early in the two-hour session.
"I think the defense came out today and really won the first half," said head coach Bill Clark. "We had a few drops on offense and a missed a few assignments, but it was the defense's half. They probably learned from last week and some of the plays they gave up. I think the defense came out with a real sense of purpose.
"Early on, I thought a lot of defensive guys played really well. I thought we tackled well. This was one of our few chances (in camp) to tackle."
While the defense appeared to have the upper hand in the first half of the scrimmage, Clark said, "the offense responded and had some plays," Clark said. "I don't know how many, but they made some plays the second half. That's what is going to happen. The offense was down and they responded like we hoped they would. The second half, we had a lot of different scenarios, third downs, coming out of the endzone, so it was good to see the offense respond."
One of UAB's strengths heading into the 2014 season is the quality and depth at the skill positions. Clark said it is the coaches' job to utilize those weapons to take some of the burden off the quarterback position.
"Our job is to manage those guys and get the ball out to the right people," Clark said. "If it's a receiver, he's got to catch every ball. If it's a running back, he's got to do his job. I've never liked putting it all on the quarterback. He's got enough on him. We've got to be able to help him and do our part, too. (At the same time) We know how important the quarterback role is."
Clark continues to be pleased with the quarterback competition he's seen throughout the first two weeks of camp. Junior Cody Clements and redshirt freshman Jeremiah Briscoe have both shown they're capable of leading the offense.
"They're right there," Clark said when asked who the leader to start was at this point. "We're still making decisions on that. You look at the intangibles. One is a little more of a runner. What I love is when one of them comes in for the other, the O-line doesn't turn around and say, `we've got a different quarterback,' and that's what we want. It's going to be who we think leads us the best, but we're not going to be scared to use the other one either."
The Blazers open the season on Saturday, Aug. 30 when the Troy Trojans visit Legion Field for a 11:00 a.m. kickoff. The contest will be televised by FOX College Sports.
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