McGee, UAB Football Prepare For UTSA Game

UABSPORTS.COM Head coach Garrick McGee spoke with local reporters on Monday.
Head coach Garrick McGee spoke with local reporters on Monday.

Oct. 21, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UAB head football coach Garrick McGee previewed Saturday's game against UTSA at Monday's media luncheon inside the Green and Gold Room at Bartow Arena. 

UAB squares off against the Roadrunners at 4 p.m. CT Saturday in San Antonio, Texas. The contest, which will air locally in Texas on the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, marks the first-ever meeting between the two programs. 

Below are comments from McGee at Monday's event. 

On the team responding under pressure…
“Whenever you can win a game that’s a hard-fought, tough game, there definitely is growth. I have seen a little different mentality from our team. They now think that this will work if we play motivated football for four-straight quarters maintaining the same attitude and intensity. We tell our guys to play like you have a blindfold on, not worrying about the scoreboard.”

On sophomore SAF Jake Ganus’ position…
“He played the whole game and started at strong safety for us (against FIU). He played very well in the game. He’s a competitor and a football player. We let him do what he does best, which is drop down into the box and stop the run, cover the tight end, and use his instincts to make things. He did a very good job of it. We are going to continue with that.

“What he was playing early in the season was a hybrid linebacker-safety type position. He is going to do that same thing, just from a different position on the field.”

On expectations for improvement…
“I expect our team to improve every day. I expect every aspect of our program to get ‘One Day Better’ every single day. That definitely includes our defense. But our offense needs to improve along with our special teams. I expect everybody around here to get better every day.”



On senior RB Greg Franklin…
“He practices half with the running backs and half with the safeties. We’re spending a little extra time with him at safety because it’s new to him. He’s naturally a running back and has been with us a long time. He is going to return kicks and punts, so he will get his hands on the ball. I am really happy with him. He’s really happy to do whatever he can to help the team win.”

“They are a very good football team. They have an athletic, dual-threat quarterback, which is always trouble. They do a really good job with shifts and motions. We all know that (head coach) Larry Coker is a great offensive football coach. They run a lot of jet sweeps and have a wildcat quarterback. Rice is one of the top rushing teams in our conference, and UTSA shut them down. They play in a dome and bring a good crowd. We will have our hands full.”

On keeping momentum coming off a bye week…
“You get back to work. You try to point out the things you did good. I am really into pointing out the small victories to our players, giving them examples of having success when you do things the right way.”