Blazers On Road Saturday To Face Southern Miss

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WR Jackie Williams has caught a pass in every game he has played at UAB.

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WR Jackie Williams has caught a pass in every game he has played at UAB.
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Nov. 2, 2012

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The UAB football team will be back on the road for the second straight week when the Blazers travel to Hattiesburg to take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles on Saturday. Gametime at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium is 6:30 p.m. CT.

The contest will be televised by CSS.

UAB (1-7, 0-4 C-USA) is coming off a 55-45 loss to C-USA foe Tulane last Saturday. Quarterback Austin Brown passed for 409 yards and three touchdowns and running back Darrin Reavesrushed for 166 yards and three scores in the game. The Green Wave's Ryan Griffin passed for 446 yards and five touchdowns.

Brown has passed for more than 300 yards in four of his five starts for the Blazers. He has averaged 327 yards in the five starts and has passed for 11 touchdowns in that time.

Linebacker Marvin Burdette is closing in on the UAB record for career tackles as he needs 19 to tie Zac Woodfinat 372. Burdette registered a school-record 24 tackles in the game vs. Tulane last Saturday and is now leading the country with 13.0 stops per contest.

UAB is averaging 34.8 points in four conference games.

Southern Miss (0-8, 0-4 C-USA) is coming off a 44-17 road defeat at Rice last Saturday.

UAB at Southern Miss
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012
6:30 p.m. CT • CSS
Roberts Stadium (36,000)

TELEVISION:CSS - Mike Morgan (play by play), Chuck Oliver (color analyst), Rachel Baribeau (sidelines)

RADIO:Blazer IMG Sports Network - David Crane (play by play), Steve Irvine (color analyst), Sam Miller (sidelines)

SERIES HISTORY
UAB and Southern Miss are meeting for the 13th time when the teams play Saturday. The Golden Eagles hold a 9-3 lead in the series though all three of the Blazers' wins have come in the past three meetings. UAB won 34-31 last season at Legion Field and won 50-49 in OT two years ago in Hattiesburg.

THE COACHES
UAB: Garrick McGee (Oklahoma, '96) is in his first season as the head coach at UAB. McGee was hired last December after four seasons on the staff at Arkansas, the last two as the offensive coordinator. McGee was a finalist for the 2011 Broyles Award that is presented to the nation's top assistant coach. He has also served on the coaching staffs at Northwestern (2004-07), UNLV (2003), Toledo (2002), Jacksonville Jaguars (2000-01), Northern Iowa (1999) and Langston (1996-98).
SOUTHERN MISS:Ellis Johnson (The Citadel, '75) is in his first season as head coach at Southern Miss. Before becoming the 19th head coach in USM history, Johnson spent four seasons on the staff at South Carolina under Steve Spurrier. He was at Mississippi State for four seasons as an assistant prior to that.

QUICK HITS
• UAB returns seven starters on offense and four on defense from last season.
• After a bye week on Sept. 8, UAB is in the midst of playing on 11 consecutive Saturdays.
• The Blazers will have to replace four of five starters on their offensive line from a year ago. Led by first-team all-conference tackle Matt McCants, a sixth-round NFL draft choice of the New York Giants, UAB lost four starters who totaled 136 career starts. Senior Chris Hubbard, a preseason coaches all-conference selection is the lone returning starter among the offensive line.
• The Blazers have four assistant coaches (Jeff Brohm, Jimmy Williams, Richard Owens and Brandon Sharp) who spent time as a player in the National Football League.
• The Blazers had 19 players make their collegiate debut in UAB's season opener Sept. 1 versus Troy.
• UAB has averaged 38.2 points over the past five games.
• WR Jackie Williamshas at least one reception in every game (31) he has played at UAB.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT
• Southern Miss is in its first season under head coach Ellis Johnson.
• Two members of the Golden Eagles' coaching staff were members of UAB's staff last season. Tommy West was the Blazers' defensive coordinator/linebackers coach and Lorenzo Costantini served as the defensive line coach. They have the same roles at Southern Miss this season.
• Southern Miss has made 22 bowl appearances in its history.
• Southern Miss won the 2011 Conference USA by beating Houston, 49-28, in the league's championship game.

LONG SETS UAB RECORD WITH 54-YARD FIELD GOAL
• Sophomore Ty Long set a UAB record for the longest field goal in school history when he connected from 54 yards out in the Blazers 29-15 loss at Ohio State Sept. 22. Long, who also had a 47-yarder in the game, broke the Blazer mark of 52 yards that Swayze Watershad established against Tulsa and Alcorn State in 2007, as well as Kevin Thomason vs. Mississippi Valley State in 1994.

22ND SEASON OF UAB FOOTBALL; 17TH AT I-A LEVEL
• UAB has a young football program compared to most of its opposition. The Blazers went through their first intercollegiate football season in 1991 as a member of NCAA Division III.
• The Blazers moved to Division I-AA two seasons later in 1993, remaining at that level three years before making the transition to Division I-A during 1996 season.
• The 2012 season represents the 22nd season of football for UAB.

BURDETTE TAKES OVER NATIONAL LEAD IN TACKLES
UAB senior linebacker Marvin Burdettehas been all over the field in recent games, recording tackle totals of 17, 17 and 24 in consecutive contests vs. Houston, East Carolina and Tulane. His 24 total at Tulane last Saturday set a Blazer school record and is the second-highest total in Conference USA history. That count is also the second-highest in the NCAA this season.

- Burdette has increased his career tackle total to 353, second all-time at UAB. Zac Woodfin, a Blazer linebacker from 2001-04, is the school's career leader at 372.

- Burdette leads the nation in tackles at 13.0 per game. His average in conference games only is 17.8 per contest.

- In the past three games vs. Houston, East Carolina and Tulane, Burdette has averaged 19.3 tackles.

- Burdette's 24 tackles vs. Tulane broke the 20-year-old school record of 21 set by Josh Evans vs. Tennessee Wesleyan. It also marked the second career 20-tackle performance for Burdette. He recorded 20 vs. Marshall on Nov. 6, 2010.

UAB PUNTER Hunter Mullins NAMED TO WATCH LIST FOR 2012 RAY GUY AWARD
• UAB sophomore punter Hunter Mullins was named as one of 69 candidates nationally last week to the Watch List for the 2012 Ray Guy Award, an honor that goes to the nation's top collegiate punter. The award is presented by the Augusta Sports Council.
• Ten semifinalists for the award will be named on November 9 with three finalists to be announced on November 19.
• Mullins, in his first season as the Blazers' starting punter, is currently averaging 44.8 yards per kick. He ranks 12th in the country in average and is ranked No. 3 in Conference USA.

BROWN PASSES FOR CAREER-BEST 409 VS. TULANE
• Redshirt freshman quarterback Austin Brown passed for a career-best 409 yards in UAB's loss at Tulane last Saturday. Brown has passed for 300-plus yards in four of the five games he has started at UAB (Tulsa, Houston, East Carolina and Tulane). The only game he fell shy of 300 was vs. Southeastern Louisiana when he had 266 yards before leaving the game early with a minor ankle injury.
• Brown is averaging 327 yards per game in his five starts. His season average is only 232 per game due to him sharing playing time with Jonathan Perryin the first three games. Otherwise, his 327 yards per game would rank No. 5 in the NCAA if that was his season average.

REAVES COMING OFF BEST GAME AS A BLAZER
• Sophomore running back Darrin Reaves turned in his best game as a Blazers in last Saturday's contest vs. Tulane. Reaves, whose father (Darrin Sr.) played on UAB's first football team in 1991 (also as a running back), rushed for 166 yards on 21 carries and ran for three touchdowns in the game. He also had seven receptions for 55 yards.
• Reaves is UAB's leading rusher with 521 yards, averaging 4.5 per carry. He has nine TDs (tops on team) and all nine are in the last five games.

BLAZERS ALREADY WITH MORE OFFENSIVE TDS THAN IN ALL OF 2011 SEASON
• UAB recorded 26 offensive touchdowns in 2011. Through eight games in 2012, the Blazers already have 29 offensive touchdowns this season.
Darrin Reaves leads the Blazers in touchdowns with nine. The UAB record for rushing TDs in a season is 11 by quarterback Joe Webbin both 2008 and 2009.

BROWN HAS HIT THE LONG BALL
• An interesting note on quarterback Austin Brownis that in all five of his starts to date, the redshirt freshman has had at least completion for more than 50 yards. His season-long pass completion was a 75-yarder against Tulsa.

BROWN NEARING 2,000 PASSING YARDS FOR 2012
• Despite splitting time with Jonathan Perry the first three games and not starting until the fourth game of the season, quarterback Austin Brownalready has amassed the 11th highest passing yardage total in a season in UAB history. Brown has 1,858 yards on the season and is just 142 yards from becoming the ninth Blazer signal-caller in school history to reach 2,000 passing yards in a season.

WILLIAMS TALLIES RECEIVING TD VS. TULANE
• Junior wide receiver Jackie Williams is leading the Blazers in receiving for the second season in a row. He has 35 catches thus far for 617 yards. However, when Williams caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Austin Brown last Saturday vs. Tulane, the occasion marked Williams' first receiving score since Nov. 27, 2010, when then QB Bryan Ellishit Williams for a 23-yard score at Rice.

WR ADAMS HAS BACK-TO-BACK 100-YARD GAMES
• Wide receiver Nick Adams has recorded 100-yard receiving games in the last two games after not registering one previously during his UAB career. Adams had 114 receiving yards against East Carolina, including a career-long 66-yard reception. Last week, he followed up the performance vs. the Pirates with 119 receiving yards.
• For the season, Adams has 32 receptions (No. 2 on the team) for 500 yards and a touchdown.

JOHNSON REGISTERS SECOND PICK OF SEASON
• Safety Lamar Johnson, making his first start of the 2012 season, notched his second interception of the campaign last Saturday vs. Tulane. Johnson also had an interception against Tulsa on Sept. 29. Johnson leads the team in interceptions.

BLAZERS' MOST POINTS HAVE COME IN FOURTH QUARTER
• UAB's most productive quarter has been the fourth this season. The Blazers have scored 78 points in the final period through eight games, an average of 9.8 points per game.

MULLINS PUNTING AVERAGE AT 49 YARDS CLIP IN LAST THREE GAMES
• UAB's Hunter Mullins, named last week to the Watch List for the 2012 Ray Guy Award, is ranked No. 12 in the country this week in punting average at 44.8 yards per kick. • In the past three games, the sophomore from Tallassee, Ala. has stepped it up even more as he has averaged nearly 50 yards (49.3) per punt on 12 kicks. Mullins had a pair of 60-yard punts three weeks ago against Houston and has four punts inside the 20-yard line in the three-game stretch.
• For the season, Mullins has eight punts inside the 20 and has 11 kicks of 50 yards or more.OFFENSIVE TOTAL VS. TULANE 3RD BEST AT UAB
• UAB collected 622 yards of total offense in last Saturday's game against Tulane, tying for the third highest output in program history. The Blazers totaled 622 yard of offense vs. Florida Atlantic in 2009. The last time UAB eclipsed 600 yards of total offense was vs. Memphis (601) on Nov. 12, 2011.

LONG PERFECT AT UAB FROM 40 YARDS AND IN
• UAB sophomore kicker Ty Long is now 25-of-30 (9-of-11 in 2012) on field goals during his two-year career with the Blazers. That's an accuracy rate of 83.3 percent. The UAB career record for field goal accuracy is 78.1 percent by Swayze Waters, who hit 50-of-64 three-pointers from 2006-08.
• Long is perfect on field goals from 40 yards and within, hitting all 18 of his attempts through his 20-game UAB career.
• Long is 9-of-11 on field goals this season with four of those coming from 46 yards or longer (46, 47, school record 54 yards and 53 yards).
• The Roswell, Ga. native's four career misses at UAB have come from 41, 46, 47, 49 and 56 yards.

GANUS MAKING EARLY IMPACT FOR BLAZERS
• UAB true freshman safety Jake Ganus has made a significant early impact for the Blazers. The product of nearby Chelsea, Ala. has started all eight games thus far for UAB and is second on the team in tackles with 54 stops. In addition, the former high school quarterback registered an interception against South Carolina.