Gallego Earns C-USA Honor

Sept. 25, 2000

GALLEGO EARNS C-USA HONOR: UAB placekicker Rhett Gallego (it's pronounced guh-LEG-oh) has been named Conference USA Special Teams Co-Player of The Week for his performance in last Saturday's 13-10 victory at LSU. Gallego connected on a pair of field goals -- the last one from 32 yards out on the game's final play to give the Blazers a dramatic 13-10 victory -- and also made his 23rd consecutive PAT after Daniel Dixon's 24-yard touchdown pass to Leron Little in the second quarter. Gallego shared the honor with Tulane punter Casey Roussel, who averaged 50.8 yards per kick in the Green Wave's win at SMU. A Hueytown High School graduate, Gallego is 4-4 on field goal attempts this season and 5-4 on PATs.

INTERCEPTED!: UAB is currently tied with Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Penn State and South Carolina -- for first among NCAA Division I-A teams with eight (8) interceptions (as of 9/24). Three UAB players, Wes Foss, Adrian Singleton and Chris Brown, are tied for 10th nationally with two (2) interceptions each. UAB was among the nation's team leaders with 19 interceptions in 1999. UAB had at least two interceptions in its first four games in 1999 and at least one in its first seven (UAB cornerback Rodregis Brooks tied for the national lead with nine last season), that trend has continued in 2000, as the Blazers have had at least two interceptions in each of their first three games. UAB has intercepted at least two passes in each of its last four games, dating back to the 1999 season finale at Tulane(Nov. 20).

MORE NATIONAL LEADERS: The Blazers are also currently ranked in the top 10 in two other defensive categories -- Turnovers Gained (tied for 3rd with 13) and Pass Efficiency Defense (7th with a a rating of 81.73). UAB is also tied for 22nd in Fumbles Recovered (5), 28th in Scoring Defense (allowing 16.0 ppg) and 33rd in in both Rushing Offense (185.00 ypg) and Rushing Defense (allowing 113.7 ypg).

SINGLETON MAKES THEM COUNT: All four of junior safety Adrian Singleton's career interceptions have come in the 'red zone'. Last season he picked off a tipped pass at the four yard line in the Cincinnati game (Oct. 16) and returned it 96 yards for a touchdown (the longest scoring play of any kind in UAB history). In the 1999 season finale at Tulane (Nov. 20), Singleton stopped a Green Wave scoring threat with an interception in the end zone late in the first half. In last week's LSU game (Sep.23), he halted Tiger threats with interceptions at the 14 yard line and in the end zone (both off tipped passes).

BACK TO THE PRACTICE FIELD: After taking Monday off, UAB returns to the practice field Tuesday at 3:00 pm.

WEEKLY MEDIA LUNCHEON -- SITE CHANGE: Coach Watson Brown's weekly media luncheon will take place in the Green and Gold Room (Bartow Arena) from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Tuesday, Sep. 26.