Blazers Continue to Prepare for UTEP at Tuesday's Practice

Nov. 7, 2006

Birmingham, Ala. - The UAB football team was back on the practice fields on Tuesday as it continued to gear up for its nationally televised game against UTEP on Friday at Legion Field. The Blazers, who beat the Miners 35-23 in El Paso, Texas last season, will be playing their final home game of the season on Friday, with the 7 p.m. game to be aired on ESPN2.

UAB head coach Watson Brown said his team will need to show the ability to score against UTEP on Friday in order to keep up with the Miners' highly talented offense.

"They're skilled on offense," he said. "I think they had three drives that lasted three plays in the second half against Rice. They're just dangerous, you never feel comfortable against them."

One factor that could immensely aid the UAB offense is the fact that it may have all of its starters on the field for the first time since the season opener at Oklahoma on Sept. 2. Brown said at this point, the offense is looking healthy, with sophomore wide receiver Stephen Brown remaining questionable.

"This might be the first time since we played Oklahoma that we have all of our starters back on offense," Brown said. "If Stephen plays then we'll have everyone back."

In last season's victory against UTEP, senior running back Corey White gained 106 yards on the ground and scored one touchdown, while senior linebacker Mastaki Smith and defensive end Larry McSwain led the team with 11 tackles.

UAB and UTEP kickoff their Conference USA matchup at 7 p.m., and can be heard on the Blazers ISP Sports Network, beginning with the pregame show at 5:30 p.m. CST. Birmingham listeners can follow all the action on WYDE 101.1 FM, as well as WIQR 1410 AM in Montgomery. The game will also be televised nationally on ESPN2.