Blazers' Special Teams Excels As Third Week Of Camp Begins

Aug 19, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- The UAB football team entered its second week of two-a-days on Monday with a workout in full pads during a morning practice that lasted just over two hours. The Blazers will return to the field at 5 p.m. for their evening practice.

Following the morning workout, head coach Garrick McGee met with media and reflected on Saturday's scrimmage.

"We are a lot better than we've been," McGee said. "I saw a lot of good offensive plays that looked like the way the plays are supposed to be run. Obviously, they have a better understanding of our schemes and the way that we want the plays to be executed against different looks.

"I think defensively our overall talent level is better than it has been in the past. That gives us the opportunity to make more plays in space. We've got more playmakers on the team."

One area that McGee is high on is the play of special teams.

"I thought special teams wise, Ty Long and Hunter Mullins really kicked the ball well," said McGee. Dallas Noriego, being a long snapper, is probably one of the best that we have seen in the offseason. And because we have a higher level of talent, our cover teams are faster and have more depth."

"We have three or four really good kickers in this conference and I know Ty is competing with those guys. There is only one guy that is named all-conference and in Conference USA there are probably four of the best kickers in the country. That slot, to be the best kicker in the conference, is a hard slot to get," stated McGee.

Last season, Long ranked second in Conference USA in field goal accuracy at 82.4 percent as he made 14-of-17 field goals while Mullins ranked third in the conference with a punting average of 44.8 yards.



"Hunter's responsibility is to transition the ball. When we have to punt, he has to transition the ball and get our defense into a better position so that we can change field position," added McGee. "So he has been practicing different types of kicks just so that he can use certain types of kicks when he needs them."

Following Monday's evening practice session, the Blazers will have a single practice on Tuesday morning.

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