UAB Defense Gears For UTSA Aerial Attack

Junior defensive back Jimmy Jean and the UAB defense will look to keep the UTSA offense under wraps.

Oct. 23, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB football team practiced for two hours on Wednesday in preparation for its Conference USA tilt with UTSA on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Blazers and Roadrunners will kick off at 4 p.m. in San Antonio, Texas.

Following practice, UAB assistant coach Matt Sanders addressed the media. Sanders, who coaches the special teams and assists with the secondary, spoke on Saturday’s opponent and how the squad looks to combat its conference foe.

“They are going to spread you out on the perimeter,” said Sanders. “They are very fast. They are going to make you defend all 53 and a third. They are going to give you multiple formations, so we have to do a great job of recognizing the formations, communicating, and getting lined up.”

UTSA presents the third-ranked pass offense in the conference. The Roadrunners are airing it out for an average of 254.1 yards per game. UAB is looking to keep the UTSA aerial assault under wraps.

“We are going to try to force you to have to make those longer, low percentage throws,” added Sanders. “We are going to compete and get up there. We are never going to back down. We are going to keep competing and trust our confidence.”

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