Aug. 23, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB football team conducted its game rehearsal scrimmage at Legion Field Thursday afternoon to mark the final scrimmage of fall camp. The Blazers' first and second team offense and defense went head-to-head with the rest of the squad for four 10-minute quarters.
Following the scrimmage, UAB head coach Neil Callaway appeared to be more pleased with his team than following the previous two.
"I thought we got a lot done today in terms of our pregame routine and how we'll do things on the sideline," Callaway said. "All the little things like substitutions and calling timeouts are important. We played four 10-minute quarters and it was really competitive.
"I think the score wound up 19-7. The first-team offense scored one touchdown and the rest (of the points) were on field goals and then the second-team offense scored one touchdown. It was really pretty competitive and that shows where our football team is at right now."
Both the offense and defense shined Thursday, yet Callaway was quick to point out that improvements still need to be made on both sides of the ball.
"Both offenses moved the ball but didn't score the ball, we had one (touchdown) on each side, so that part of it was good," Callaway said. "Still, we had too many big plays, plays that were four or five yards, which is a clip we need to eliminate and get opponents into third-and-long."
Both sides of the ball provided some individual efforts that had the head coach pleased at the end of the day.
"I think Dexter Barnett ran the ball well and I thought Mike Jones and Darryl Harris did some good things at receiver," Callaway said. "Defensively, I think Bryant Turner did some good things with his pass rush and got some good pressure on the quarterbacks."
Friday, the team will continue to work toward their anticipated season opener at Michigan State on Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. CT, a game that will air live on ESPN2.
Tickets for the 2007 UAB football season are available now from the UAB Ticket Office. Fans can purchase tickets online at UABsports.com or by calling the UAB Ticket Office at (205) 975-8221. Single-game tickets start at just $15.