Sept. 13, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB football team hit the practice field on Wednesday afternoon, organizing a game plan and preparing for the upcoming game at No. 9/10 Georgia on Saturday. The Blazers practiced in shoulder pads and shorts for 20, five-minute periods, readying for the 1 p.m. EDT kickoff at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.
After being forced to move Tuesday's practice indoors because of heavy rains, Wednesday's session was the first day of full practice for the upcoming contest at Georgia. Even though Tuesday was not a full-go practice outside, the Blazers do not feel like they are behind at all on the preparation for Georgia.
"No, I don't think we are behind," said UAB head coach Watson Brown. "Tuesday's are so different from Wednesday's because on Tuesday you do the running stuff and on Wednesday you do the passing stuff. Both days are first days for those two things. So, it's really hard to compare because you are doing different things."
Brown and his staff are well aware of the challenge that Georgia's defense is going to present the UAB offense. The Bulldogs are well-known for their stingy defenses that leave little running room. Brown has been impressed with the Georgia defensive line on tape, commenting on the way that they control the line of scrimmage and allow very little movement up front.
"That is why nobody has been able to attack their defense," commented Brown. "Everybody has struggled with them because they are controlling the line of scrimmage. Then, when you try to get one-dimensional, the pass rush is so strong. We've got to figure out some way to have a balance like we did at Oklahoma."
Saturday's matchup between the Blazers and Bulldogs will mark the second time the two teams will battle on the gridiron. In the school's only other meeting, UAB just missed the upset, falling 16-13 on Oct. 25, 2003 in Athens, Ga.
The UAB/Georgia game can be heard on the Blazers ISP Sports Network, beginning at 10:30 a.m. CST, with the game beginning at noon. Birmingham listeners can follow all the action on WYDE 101.1 FM, as well as WIQR 1410 AM in Montgomery.