McGee Previews Marshall Game At Media Luncheon

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Nov. 4, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB head football coach Garrick McGee, along with tight ends Kennard Backman and Tristan Henderson, took time Monday to preview this weekend's Marshall game . The Blazers and Thundering Herd kick off at 12 p.m. ET Saturday in Huntington, W.Va.

Saturday's contest, which will air on CSS, marks the ninth all-time meeting between UAB and Marshall. The Thundering Herd owns a 6-2 advantage in the series that dates back to 2005. The Blazers won last year's game, 38-31, at Legion Field. 

Below are comments from McGee, Backman and Henderson from Monday's luncheon. 

Head Coach Garrick McGee

On Marshall and Middle Tennessee's offensive similarities…
“They have the same philosophy. Different route combinations, different personnel, but they run plays as fast as you can possibly run them. Not many formations, just run the plays as fast as you can.”

On thoughts from Middle Tennessee game…
“I thought our kids did a good job for a long time in the game. They really battled and we had a really good crowd out there. That is what drove our energy and effort level.”

On the tight ends…
“We call our tight ends super backs. They are doing a good job. They add a physical presence to our offense. Whenever you are going to run the ball, you need tight ends that are going to block defensive ends and push the ball to the perimeter. They are big enough to handle most defensive ends in our conference.”

On sophomore OL Cameron Blankenship…
“Cam is Cam. He’s always got a great attitude and great energy level and spirit about him. He’s willing to do whatever he has to do to get this program going in the right direction. He’s one of my favorite guys. He’s always got a smile on his face.”


 

 

On the play of senior QB Jonathan Perry in his first start of the season…
“That’s the role of the quarterback, to manage the game. There were times when the play clock was running down and we were yelling at him to get the play in. He was under control. He was aware of the play clock and was in charge of what was going on. I thought he played a very efficient game. He showed a lot of mental and physical toughness when he threw the interception for a touchdown and went right back out there to drive the team down the field.”

On freshman SAF Jordan Petty…
“He is a very competitive kid. He’s very tough and savvy. He is able to play man coverage as a true freshman. This late in the season, his body has not shut down on him. He’s still playing really good ball. That kid is going to be a really good player around here for a long time.”

Junior TE Kennard Backman

On preparing for Marshall…
“It is early in the week. We are just going to follow whatever we are presented and roll with it. We have to come out with a mindset to attack and keep moving forward.”

On playing at Marshall two years ago…
“It was just another game. It was cold when I went up there. But it was not an atmosphere I have not been in before.”

On morale of team after loss…
“Losing is unacceptable. We stuck to the game plan, but there were a couple of plays that we wanted back. It does hurt though.”

Junior TE Tristan Henderson

On team morale…
“The morale is still up. We grew a lot after last week. We learned to trust in ourselves and got a little more confident.”

On dealing with injuries…
“That’s football. You get hit in football. Things happen. You have to move on and the next guy has to step up and do the job.”

On progression of the offense during the season…
“We have gotten a lot better. We have learned to trust in ourselves and trust what the coaches are teaching us.”

On military background helping with football…
“Being in the military brought maturity. I can go anywhere and nothing really bothers me. I can just go in and do the job. That’s what it taught me.”