Derek Slaughter has made a significant impact in his first season at UAB.
Oct. 25, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB football team continued its preparations for this weekend's Conference USA contest at Tulane with a short practice on campus Thursday afternoon.
Kickoff Saturday is set for 2:30 p.m. CT at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
After getting off to an 0-5 start, the Green Wave has played much better of late. Tulane defeated SMU, 27-26, two weeks ago and lost a tight contest to UTEP, 24-20, last Saturday.
UAB head coach Garrick McGee says he sees quality athletes when he watches Tulane on tape. He also sees similarities in the style of offense that the Green Wave (1-6, 1-2 Conference USA) uses compared to the New Orleans Saints where Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson spent the past five years as the wide receivers coach.
"They have a lot of really good athletes," McGee said. "Offensively, they are balanced. Most teams in the country have studied Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints' play-action passing game, and Tulane uses similar plays in their offense. Those plays are very tough to defend.
"We will have our hands full, and it will just come down to somebody making plays to win the game while the other team does not. Most of the time, the team that makes those plays wins the game."
UAB (1-6, 0-3) will be looking for its first C-USA win Saturday afternoon. The Blazers defeated Tulane, 41-24, in their last trip to the Superdome in 2008.
The contest will also air locally on the Blazer IMG Sports Network on WUHT-FM 107.7. The voice of the Blazers, David Crane, will call the game action with John Whitcomb providing analysis and Sam Miller reporting from the sidelines.