Sept. 25, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB football team spent more than two hours practicing as it gets ready to face Vanderbilt on Saturday. It will be the second meeting between the two teams.
After practice concluded, UAB defensive coordinator Reggie Johnson, corner back Jimmy Jean and safety Jordan Petty met with the media to talk about the matchup with the Commodores. Despite playing another road game in a SEC stadium, Johnson feels that the team’s experience so far this year has prepared them well.
“I think that the guys won’t be shocked having already played in a large venue,” said Johnson. “It is good that they have that under their belt. We look forward to watching them compete. It was a great experience in Baton Rouge and a great experience here (Birmingham) and now we just have to take what we have picked up the last couple of weeks up to Vanderbilt.”
Vanderbilt’s biggest challenge offensively will be wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who leads the team with 32 receptions for 471 yards. He comes in as the top receiver with twice as many catches as any other receiver. Johnson knows that UAB will have to plan for him Saturday.
“Obviously he is a top-caliber athlete,” Johnson remarked. “He is their go-to guy and he makes plays when they need them made so we have to do a good job of knowing where he is at all times, understand the situations of the game and try to limit the number of times he touches the ball.”
Jean is excited about he possibility of lining up with Matthews and having a chance to defend him.
“I love guarding big receivers,” admitted Jean. “He is 6-3 so I can’t fall asleep on any plays. Wherever he is lined up, if I am there I have to go hard, take every snap and be physical with him. “
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