Football Closes In On No. 16 Ohio State

Jackie Williams and the Blazers gear up for No. 16 Ohio State

Sept. 19, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The UAB football team continued to prepare for Saturday's test at No. 16 Ohio State, with a two-hour practice on Wednesday afternoon at the on-campus facility.

For offensive line coach John Peterson, the trip to Columbus, Ohio will be all too familiar, as he served as the Buckeyes' tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator (2004-11) before his hire at UAB.

"It's familiar territory, that's for sure," Peterson said. "I've been on the opposite side as a coach and I remember the feeling, but you're so wrapped up in the preparation of the game that you don't think about who you're playing. I'm sure there will be moments, but as of the week preparation, it just happens to be Ohio State."

One key factor for the Blazers will be the run game, which hasn't been much of a factor for the squad's first two games, but will be crucial as the season moves forward.

"We feel like we made progress in our running game," offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm said. "The guys have been working hard all week. It didn't show against South Carolina because their defensive front is so good and we weren't able to run the ball the way we wanted. Schematically, we are doing things to take a little more advantage of what we have in our offense. Hopefully we will come out this week, play hard and get it going."

The two programs will be meeting for the first time ever on Saturday, with kickoff slated for Noon ET/11 a.m. CT, and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

The contest will also air on radio locally on the Blazer IMG Sports Network on WUHT-FM 107.7. David Crane will call the action and Steve Irvine will provide analysis for the Blazers, while Sam Miller will be on the sidelines.