UAB Continues Rice Preparation In Friday Afternoon Practice

Aug. 28, 2009

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Eight days from the UAB football team's season-opener with Rice, the Blazers were back on the practice field Friday for an afternoon session in shorts and helmets.

The team practiced for nearly two hours, avoiding threatening skies for part of the workout, as the Blazers continued to implement parts of their gameplan for the Rice contest. UAB been ramping up preparations for the Owls since Tuesday.

"I thought we got a lot of things done today," UAB head coach Neil Callaway said. "We'll come back out tomorrow in shells. We're trying to be smart, get these guys healthy and get them fresh. We'll get into our normal game week routine come Sunday. We still have a lot of work to do for Rice, so we're still working on it."

Callaway is preaching consistency to his players as a key to reaching its goals in 2009. He's been pleased with his team's ability to make plays but would like to see the production at a more consistent level.

"We have a lot of good things happening on both sides of the ball and at each position," Callaway said. "But being successful in football is putting plays back to back. We still have to be more consistent in order to be successful."

The test of the Blazers' consistency will come early in the season with consecutive home conference games to open the campaign. UAB hosts Rice on Sept. 5 at Legion Field and welcomes SMU to town one week later.