Football Team Returns To Practice Field

Sept. 2, 2008

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- After an off-day Monday, the UAB football team returned to the practice fields Tuesday for a two-hour workout. With one game under its belt, the team now shifts its focus to the upcoming game at Florida Atlantic.

The Blazers travel to Boca Raton, Fla., to face the Owls Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT (3 p.m. CT) in their first road game of the year.

UAB opened the season Saturday with a loss to Tulsa and its version of the spread offense. This weekend, the Blazers will face a different type of challenge from Florida Atlantic.

"When you play a team like Tulsa, you're kind of cautious about everything," UAB head coach Neil Callaway said. "From a defensive standpoint, it makes it kind of hard to really turn it loose.

"We shouldn't have that problem this week. Florida Atlantic will do some things, but it won't be as much razzle dazzle. They just come right at you."

The Blazers will look to build on some positives from their week one loss. UAB started strong and built a 22-21 halftime lead on Tulsa, the preseason favorite to win the Conference USA West Division. Quarterback Joe Webb threw two first-half touchdown passes. Wide receiver Frantrell Forrest caught one of those and also returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score.

Despite the loss, there did not seem to be any hangover in practice Tuesday. Callaway said he was pleased with the way his team was able to refocus.

"It was a good day of practice," Callaway said. "I think both sides of the ball competed well. It was our first day working on Florida Atlantic, so we obviously have some wrinkles to work out, but the effort, the attitude and the intensity were really very good."

Saturday's contest with Florida Atlantic will be the first ever meeting between the two teams. The Owls are coming off a 52-10 week one loss at 11th-ranked Texas.