UAB Begins Practice Preparations For C-USA Opener

Garrick McGee's Blazers will play their Conference USA opener.

Oct. 1, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The UAB football team returned to the practice field Tuesday afternoon as the Blazers set their sights ahead to Saturday's Conference USA opener against Florida Atlantic.

After Tuesday's workout, UAB offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Richard Owens talked about some of the challenges his unit will face against the Owls in the 2 p.m. kickoff at Legion Field.

"They play very hard," Owens said when asked about FAU's defense. "They get to the ball, they make tackles. You don't see them miss a lot of open field tackles. They come down hill; they're aggressive and are a very well-coached football team. Every week, it's going to be another battle."

Owens also talked about how he sees the Blazers (1-3, 0-0 C-USA) needing to continue to improve on the offensive side vs. FAU (1-4, 0-3 C-USA) after last Saturday's game at Vanderbilt.

"Really, it's the execution and not making as many mental errors," he said. "Coming out of the game, I felt like overall we need to tighten everything up. I think if we make it a weekly goal to get better, we're going to continue to make strides in that area."

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