Blazers Looking To Build On First Win

UAB junior tight end Kennard Backman spoke with media Tuesday.

Sept. 24, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UAB football continued its preparations for Saturday's game against Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt with a damp two-hour practice on Tuesday. 

Following the workout, UAB offensive coordinator Richard Owens, along with junior running back Darrin Reaves and junior tight end Kennard Backman, spoke with reporters about the upcoming clash with the Commodores.

"We are looking forward to just going out and competing," Owens said. "We just want to execute and do what we do best. It is a great opportunity for us against a quality opponent, and we look forward to it."

Saturday's game, which will air on FOX Sports Net (SportSouth in the southeast market) at 6:30 p.m. CT, represents the 21st meeting between UAB and an SEC opponent, and the second for the Blazers this season. UAB played at LSU on Sept. 7. 

Even though UAB faces a tough test on Saturday, players like Backman say the Blazers just need to focus on themselves and not the opponent. 

"Really, it is less about Vanderbilt and more about us," Backman said. "We just want to get another win. It would be a statement game for us, but more importantly could start a snowball effect, and hopefully we could just keep it going."

UAB returns to the practice field on Wednesday and Thursday as the Blazers continue preparations for the Commodores. 

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