UAB's Kennard Backman is part of the Blazers' group of tight ends dubbed the 'super backs.'
Nov. 5, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- It was back to the practice fields for the UAB football team on Tuesday as the Blazers completed a two-hour workout at their on-campus facility.
Following practice, tight ends coach Joseph Henry spoke with reporters and previewed this week's game at Marshall.
UAB travels to Huntington, W.Va., after falling in the final seconds to Middle Tennessee last Saturday. During the contest against the Blue Raiders, UAB's offense ran the ball 56 times and threw only nine passes. It was a game plan that nearly paid off for the Blazers.
"We definitely had a game plan and did a good job of sticking to it last week," Henry said. "It put us in a position to win the ball game, and that is what we are going to do this week. We are going to pick a game plan out, stick to it and it will pay off for us."
Part of UAB's success on the ground last week was due to the tight ends. The trio of Blazer starters -- Tristan Henderson, Kennard Backman and Bud Pruitt -- paved the way for UAB's running backs, who amassed 299 yards rushing.
"They do a good of performing and doing what we ask them to do," Henry said. "That's why we call them super backs. The array of techniques and different skills they have to learn is pretty different depending on the game plan, but they always do a good job of doing what is asked of them."
UAB and Marshall kick off at Noon ET on Saturday in a contest that will air on CSS.
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