Blazers Take On Marshall Saturday Afternoon

Patrick Hearn is nearing his 100th career reception.

Nov. 9, 2012

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- After back-to-back road games at Tulane and Southern Miss, the UAB football team returns home for a pair of conference contests at Legion Field.

First up is Saturday's C-USA East Division battle with Marshall. Gametime is set for 3:30 p.m. CT. The contest will be televised by CSS.

UAB (2-7, 1-4 C-USA) is coming off a 27-19 victory over Southern Miss last Saturday, storming back from a 16-0 halftime deficit. The Blazers outscored the Golden Eagles, 27-3, and had a 270-115 yardage advantage after intermission to rally for their first conference win of the season.

Quarterback Austin Brownhas 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.

Running back Darrin Reavesrushed for 223 yards -- second-highest total in UAB history -- and a pair of touchdowns in the contest. Reaves tallied 169 of his 223 in the third and fourth quarters.

In Marshall, the Blazers will be facing an 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.

One of UAB's key players Saturday on defense will be senior linebacker Marvin Burdette. Burdette comes into the contest with Marshall ranked No. 2 in the country in tackles and needing only nine stops to become the all-time leader in Blazers' history.

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Marshall at UAB
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012
3:30 p.m. CT • CSS
Legion Field (72,000)

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

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

• UAB and Marshall are meeting for the eighth time this Saturday. The Thundering Herd hold a 6-1 lead in the series that started in 2005 with a 20-19 Marshall win at Huntington. The schools have played every year since then. The Blazers' only win in the series was a 23-21 win at Legion Field in 2008. The Herd won last year's meeting, 59-14, on its homefield.

• 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).
• MARSHALL: Doc Holliday (West Virginia, '79) is his third season as head coach at Marshall and has compiled a record of 16-18 as a collegiate head coach. Prior to taking the helm of the Thundering Herd program, Holliday spent two years as the associate head coach at West Virginia where he also served as the director of recruiting. He was an associate head coach at Florida from 2005-07 and coached on the staff at NC State from 2000-04.

• 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 36.3 points over the past six games.
• WR Jackie Williams has at least one reception in every game (32) he has played at UAB.
• RB Darrin Reaveshas rushed for 389 yards (194.5 avg.) in the past two games against Tulane and Southern Miss.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT• Marshall is in its third season under head coach Doc Holliday.• Marshall has one of the top offenses in Conference USA. The Thundering Herd ranks first in the league in total offense, scoring offense and passing offense.• The Herd is No. 2 nationally in pass offense.• QB Rakeem Cato is No. 3 in the NCAA this week in total offense (365.8) and is No. 2 in passing yards per game (365.6).• Marshall comes to Birmingham with a 4-5 record and 3-2 mark in Conference USA.

• UAB junior wide receiver Jackie Williams currently is listed among the top active receiving streaks in the FBS ranks. The Prichard, Ala., native has grabbed at least one reception in each game he's played since joining the Blazers in 2010, and now has a catch in 32 consecutive contests. Williams leads UAB in receptions (29) and receiving yards (474). • 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 45.1 yards per kick. He ranks 10th 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 Oct. 27. Brown has passed for 300-plus yards in four of the six games he has started at UAB (Tulsa, Houston, East Carolina and Tulane). The only games he fell shy of 300 was vs. Southeastern Louisiana when he had 266 yards before leaving the game early with a minor ankle injury and last Saturday at Southern Miss (228 yards).
• Brown is averaging 310 yards per game in his six starts. His season average is only 232 per game due to him sharing playing time with Jonathan Perryin the first three games. Otherwise, his 310 yards per game would rank No. 10 in the NCAA if that was his season average.

• Sophomore running back Darrin Reaves turned in his best game as a Blazers in last Saturday's victory at Southern Miss. Reaves, whose father (Darrin Sr.) played on UAB's first football team in 1991 (also as a running back), rushed for 223 yards on 35 carries and ran for two touchdowns in the game. He had 166 rushing yards and three touchdowns a week earlier at Tulane.
• Reaves is UAB's leading rusher with 744 yards, averaging 4.9 per carry. He has 11 rushing TDs (to tie UAB record) and all 11 are in last six games.

• Linebacker Marvin Burdette continues his climb up the UAB career tackles chart after posting 92 as a junior in 2011. After recording a school record 69 tackles in the past four games, Burdette now has 364 tackles in his career and has moved to within striking distance of UAB's career record. Burdette registered 17 tackles in back-to-back games vs. Houston and East Carolina before his 24 at Tulane two weeks ago. Burdette also recorded 13 tackles against Tulsa Sept. 29. He currently is ranked No. 2 country with an average of 12.78 tackles per game. Zac Woodfinholds the school record with 372 tackles recorded from 2001-04.

• UAB sophomore kicker Ty Long is now 27-of-32 (11-of-13 in 2012) on field goals during his two-year career with the Blazers. That's an accuracy rate of 84.4 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 10-of-13 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.