UAB Football Gears Up For Middle Tennessee



Oct. 28, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- UAB head football coach Garrick McGee addressed media members at the team's weekly media luncheon on Monday. 

The Blazers are set to host Middle Tennessee in UAB's 2013 Homecoming Game at Legion Field this Saturday. Kickoff is set for Noon CT on Fox Sports Net. 

Saturday's clash marks the fourth all-time meeting between UAB and the Blue Raiders. The Blazers lead the series, 2-1, but the two squads have not met since 2000. 

For ticket information, contact the UAB Athletics Ticket Office at 205-975-8221. 

Below are comments from McGee at Monday's event. 

Head Coach Garrick McGee

On the UTSA game…
“I didn’t expect us to turn the ball over like that. They drove the ball down the field to make it 7-0. We got the ball and threw an interception. That gave them a touchdown from point-blank range to make it 14-0. We drove the length of the field and got sacked to push out of scoring range. They got the ball back and kicked a field goal. That kind of thing happens in football games. I thought our offense was moving the ball well enough to turn the game into a shootout. But then they kicked the ball off, we fumbled it and they scored a touchdown to make it 24-0.”

On the running game…
“The way their defense is structured, it’s a very good run-stopping scheme. The theory was that we would spread them out to start the game. Once they wore down, then it would be hard to defend against Jordan (Howard) and Darrin (Reaves) because they are so big.”

On the quarterback situation…
“(Senior QB) Jonathan (Perry) will start the game. He has practiced well and played really well in the game (against UTSA). He brought something to the table that we had not seen. I am really proud of him because he maintained a positive attitude, kept pressing forward, and when there was an opportunity for him he took advantage of it.”



On his message to fans…
“We have really good kids in our program. They battle and play hard. We are a developing program. Everybody should owe it to the players to come out and support them. I think our kids are going to be more motivated. They are going to be fired up and they know that a lot of our alumni are going to be back in town.”

On Middle Tennessee…
“They are a fast-breaking offense. They ran over 100 plays in their last game. We have to play good offensive football and maintain possession of the football. You have to score offensively to win in this conference.”

On his team’s mentality…
“We have a lot of coaches on our staff that have been through a lot of games. You have to maintain your composure, get your feet back on the ground and keep playing. It’s not like we were not playing well offensively, we were just making mistakes and turning the ball over. We could have settled the game down, but we are not quite mature enough to continue to battle.”

On UAB senior QB Jonathan Perry…
“His personality and maturity has grown and is unbelievable. He is one of the leaders of the team. He is willing to do whatever he has to do to help the team go in the right direction. He has been around a long time. He understands how things are and how things have been. He is an example to our young people. This kid has handled himself very well. It’s great to see a kid with this kind of attitude deliver and take advantage of his opportunity.”

On the team’s goals for the rest of the season…
“To get better. It never changes. We want to get ‘One Day Better’ and continue the process. We are in the process of building something here. It’s going to happen. We are going to continue to learn and grow from our experiences.”