McGee Previews Vanderbilt Game At Media Luncheon



Sept. 23, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB head football coach Garrick McGee talked to reporters at the Blazers' weekly media luncheon on Monday. 

McGee, whose team won its first game of the 2013 season, 52-28, this past Saturday against Northwestern (La.) State, returns to Nashville, Tenn., to play the Commodores for the first time since 1996. The Blazers dropped the only meeting between the two teams, 31-15, in UAB's first season at the Division I level. 

This week's game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on FOX Sports Net (SportSouth in the southeast market). 

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Head Coach Garrick McGee

On UAB's defensive performance vs. Northwestern State...
"I liked the effort and the intensity. I thought our kids flew around and played really good, hard-nosed ball. They played with a lot of passion and gang-tackled."

On freshman CB Jordan Petty...
"He did really good. He's impressed us since he's been here. He came in as a corner, but he's a very physical, tough and intelligent kid. During the off week, we were trying to figure out how to play more man coverage. Jordan has the ability of a corner, but he can tackle and he's tough like a safety. We can put him in there at safety and play man coverage."

On freshman RB Jordan Howard...
"He's a big body. He understands how to run. Somebody at some point in his life told him not to dance and just run straight ahead. That's what I like about him. He's always falling forward. He really understands blocking schemes. He's a really intelligent football player. He takes care of the football, and he runs with two hands on the ball. He's not going to dance around and lose yardage, he's always going to gain positive yards. That means he can keep the chains moving."



On Vanderbilt...
"They are very talented. Their head coach (James Franklin) is the offensive play caller. He has always been a very good play caller. They have very good wide receivers and running backs. They have these funky little shifts and motions that cause you a lot of problems on defense. They also have a Wildcat package where the quarterback lines up out wide and they direct snap it to the running back. Those are challenges for our defense that we are going to have to come up with answers to during the week."

On Vanderbilt's defense...
"On defense, they are a very simple defense. They are very technique sound. A lot of times a defense like that is more dangerous because they understand how to match your routes. Instead of trying to trick you, they sit in a certain defense and they understand your offense. But we are going to be up to the challenge. This is a big opportunity for our program, to go up there on television and get our record back to 2-2. We are looking forward to it."

On Vanderbilt's offense...
"They are a multiple tight end, multiple offense team like us. Their coach spent some time in the NFL. They run some traditional football plays."

On defending Vanderbilt senior WR Jordan Matthews...
"The challenge is that they line him up in multiple spots on the field, so it's hard to find where he is going to line up. It's hard to set up a coverage that is going to take him away because they do a good job of moving him around. Our guys will have our hands full with him. He is one of the top receivers in the country."

On disrupting the opposing quarterback...
"In any type of game, you've got to try to affect the quarterback. We have to try to force turnovers. We got two against Troy, one against LSU, and one last week (against Northwestern State). Our (target) number is three."

On junior RB Darrin Reaves...
"I think he turned it on this past weekend. I do think there was a point during the game where he was not running well. I think he felt that and tried to get himself going. On his long run, he broke a tackle because he is powerful with his lower body and he came out of it. I expect to see him really try to impact our team."

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