Aug. 21, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The UAB football team went through its final day of two practices here Monday as the date of the 2006 season opener at fifth-ranked Oklahoma is now less than two weeks away.
The Blazers spent just over two hours in their morning session, working in full pads. The afternoon session started outdoor but was pushed inside to Bell Gym when inclement weather moved into the area.
Head coach Watson Brown loosened up the morning practice as the players swapped out jerseys with a teammate. The jersey switching made for some interesting scenes as No. 39 Chris Williams handed off to No. 70 Dan Burks with No. 30 Julius Wilson and No. 34 Cornelius Rogers up front on the offensive line.
On the final play of the practice, Brown had the offensive and defensive units get into position and run a play based on the jersey numbers of the team's current first-teamers. The result was a Norris Drinkard handoff to Rogers who rumbled for about eight yards before he was stripped of the ball.
"It was just something they (the players) wanted to do," said Brown. "I had a little fun with it there at the end. It also proved to them that coaching does matter. You saw what happened when we tried to let them play a position that they've never lined up at."
"I knew what would happen," said Brown. "I didn't have to go but one play."
Aside from a little comic relief on the field, Brown was pleased with his team's effort. "I think we got a lot out of it. It's just hot. It's been unbelievably hot. I knew they'd be sore today after the scrimmage on Saturday, except for the "ones." I knew we could go with them more because they didn't get that many plays Saturday. I think it was a good practice."
Fall semester classes begin on Tuesday at UAB so the Blazers will move to their regular routine of a single afternoon practice.
The Sept. 2 game with Oklahoma is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. and the contest will be nationally-televised on TBS.
The radio coverage can be heard on the Blazers ISP Sports Network, beginning at 4:30 p.m. CST. Birmingham listeners can follow all the action on WYDE 101.1 FM, and WIQR 1410 AM in Montgomery.