BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The UAB football team returned to the practice field on Tuesday afternoon for the first time since last Saturday's season-opening defeat to Troy. The Blazers practiced in full pads for just over two hours at the on-campus facility.
UAB now shifts its focus to a strong South Carolina team, who is ranked No. 9 in the nation in both the Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 polls, which were released on Tuesday. The Gamecocks, who will square off against the Blazers' Conference USA rival East Carolina this Saturday, opened the season with a 17-13 victory over Vanderbilt on Aug. 30.
Despite the setback to the Trojans, UAB offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm said he saw some things he liked on the offensive side of the ball.
"We started off slow, but I think we got in a rhythm late in the first half," Brohm said. "In the second half we picked it up a little bit and started to make some plays. We would've liked to play better but there were signs that we can be explosive at times. We've just got to make sure we're consistent with it and take care of the ball when we're doing it."
With a bye date this weekend, the Blazers' coaching staff held an intense, physical practice on Tuesday. The squad went 24 periods, part of it through rain showers, which included installing new wrinkles for the South Carolina game plan.
"Before the season, we probably didn't like this time of the year to have a bye but it's perfect right now," Brohm said. "There are plenty of things we learned from last week's game. I think our guys worked extremely hard today and they know it's going to be a battle every week. We have to improve, get tougher, become more sound, and get better with our technique and fundamentals and then I think we'll show improvement."
Wide receivers coach Ron Sigler echoed Brohm's thoughts.
"You can always get better," Sigler said. "We're still working on fundamentals and still learning our offense. If this were week 11, we'd still be working on fundamentals and trying to get better. So every day is just a new day to get better. That's how we see it."
The Blazers and Gamecocks are set kick off at 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET) on Saturday, Sept. 15. The game will be televised on FOX Sports.