Blazer Defense Moves Up In National Rankings

Oct. 22, 2000

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB Blazer defensive unit continues to gain recognition for its success this season, that success, which has helped the Blazers to a 5-2 start, is reflected in the latest NCAA Division I-A statistics which were released Sunday.

UAB is ranked second overall in total defense, allowing 246.17 yards per game. The Blazers are ranked seventh in rushing defense, allowing 77.6 yards per game, 11th in pass efficiency defense (opponents have a 94.42 rating), 12th in pass defense (allowing 171.43 yards per game), and are tied for 13th in interceptions with 11. UAB is also ranked 15th in scoring defense, allowing 15.1 points per game.

The Blazers held true to form in Saturday's win over Middle Tennessee, holding a prolific Blue Raider offense that came into the game averaging 430 yards per game to 211 total yards, and limiting running back Dwone Hicks to only 14 net yards on eight carries -- 126 yards under his average.

UAB had an interception in the MTSU game -- by linebacker Adrian Abrams on the game's final play), the Blazers have had at least one interception in six of seven games this season.

The Blazers have some very good company in the NCAA total defense rankings, four of the top five teams are from Conference USA, including top-ranked TCU (which becomes a C-USA member next season), third-ranked Memphis and fifth-ranked Southern Miss.