Sept. 18, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB football team practiced more than two hours on Wednesday to get ready for the 2013 home opener against Northwestern (La.) State on Saturday.
The media caught up with defensive coordinator Reggie Johnson after practice to discuss how the team looks coming off of the bye week last weekend and how it feels heading into their first home game of the season.
“They are excited to be at home,” said Johnson. “Anytime you play on the road you tend to get a little road weary so it is always good to get home and have your home crowd there. You want to have the fans cheering for you instead of booing you. They are excited and we are excited for them as coaches because they are going to play hard this weekend.”
According to Johnson, the veteran defenders have made the most impact in practice this week. With a large group of returners, that experience has been huge keeping the defense focused on the upcoming opponent.
“The guys that have been here and played a lot of ball understand the importance of getting things on track and getting that first win,” Johnson remarked. “There is a sense of urgency coming from that experienced group of Diaheem Watkins, Jake Ganus and D.J. White. Those guys are stepping up the leadership this week.”
The Blazers and the Demons will kick off at 2 p.m. CT on Saturday. For ticket information, contact the UAB Athletic Ticket Office at (205) 975-8221.
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