Nov. 6, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB football team practiced for nearly two hours at Legion Field Tuesday afternoon in preparation for this Saturday's Conference USA matchup with Marshall.
The workout was moved to Legion Field due to wet conditions on the campus practice fields after showers fell through most of Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
The Blazers will spend a lot of time on the defensive side this week focusing on their efforts to slow down a Marshall offensive attack that ranks No. 6 in the country in total offense (530.7 yards avg.) and is second in passing offense (374.3).
Thundering Herd quarterback Rakeem Cato ranks third in total offense per game at 365.8 yards.
"They are a team that passes the ball often and is very efficient," said UAB head coach Garrick McGee of the Herd (4-5, 3-2). "The first way that you have a chance of slowing them down is that our offense has to maintain possession of the ball. You have to convert third downs on offense; you have to move the ball down the field.
"The second way is that your pass defense, from the front getting to the quarterback, the linebackers understanding their matches, and the secondary reading what's going on and breaking on the ball. That is all going to be tested."
The Blazers (2-7, 1-4 C-USA) are coming off a 27-19 victory at Southern Miss last Saturday as they rallied from a 16-0 halftime deficit with a strong second half performance. Sophomore running back Darrin Reaves rushed for 223 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the game.
Saturday's matchup will be aired on CSS with a 3:30 p.m. CT kickoff. 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.