Football Focuses On Fundamentals In Off Week

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB football team spent roughly two hours on Wednesday afternoon in full pads working through a variety of drills at the on-campus practice fields.

The Blazers have two weeks to prepare for their first road game of the season, a trip to Columbia, S.C. to take on No. 9 South Carolina on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. ET.

At the conclusion of practice, defensive coordinator Reggie Johnson spoke to the media about UAB’s defensive effort last Saturday in the season opener against the Troy Trojans.

Johnson pointed out that there was plenty of effort showcased by the defense, but there are areas of improvement the team can focus on in the bye week.

“Overall, I thought the effort was good and was pleased with how hard they played,” Johnson said.  “We got ourselves back in the game in the second half.  The effort was good, they fought until the end, they didn’t quit, so those are things to build on.”

The UAB defense forced a pair of turnovers against Troy, including a forced fumble inside the redzone.  However, Johnson stated that improving on the basics is something the Blazers need to focus on.

“The big and glaring thing is that we have to tackle better,” Johnson said.  “We have physical kids that like to hit.  We’ve got to wrap, grab cloth, fundamental things.”

South Carolina will entertain Conference USA foe East Carolina on Saturday at 12:21 ET on the SEC Network, while the Blazers continue preparations for the Gamecocks.