Running Backs Looking To Blaze A Trail

Junior Darrin Reaves rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2012.

Aug 20, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB football team practiced for just over two hours at the UAB Football Practice Facility on Tuesday morning. With less than two weeks until the season opener at Troy, the Blazers are hitting the home stretch of preseason camp.

One unit that is shaping out to be one of the top groups through preseason camp is the running backs. Junior Darrin Reaves rushed for 1,037 yards in 2012 and was an All-Conference USA First Team honoree. With the return of Reaves, senior Greg Franklin, and sophomore Bashr Coles, the squad brings back its top-three leading rushers from last year. In addition, freshman Jordan Howard has had an impressive camp and will look to contribute in the fall.

After Tuesday’s training session, offensive coordinator Richard Owens spoke to the media, specifically about the performance of the running backs.

“Really, all of our backs have been running tremendously,” Owens commented. “They have been working hard. I think we have multiple backs. We have guys that really add value to this team that can all play.”

Owens also touched on the team’s approach as they near the end of the preseason and enter the regular season.

“We are really going to see who pushes through, continues to fight, grind it out, and really step up and emerge as our players,” Owens concluded.

Reaves addressed the media after practice, as well, and his comments resonated with those of Owens.

“I feel like we have been making progress since the first day of camp,” Reaves added. “The season is close, but we still have some work to do.”

The UAB football team will be back on the practice field Wednesday morning in its first of two practices for the day.

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