UAB Gears Up for Memphis

Offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm has seen his unit progress in the last few weeks.

Nov. 13, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Ahead of Saturday's "Battle for the Bones" game against the University of Memphis, the UAB football team moved its practice to Legion Field on Tuesday.  

Following the two-hour workout, offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm spoke briefly about how his unit has progressed in two-straight Conference USA wins and what he expects to see from his group on Saturday.

"Right now, we are picking up a rhythm as an offense," Brohm said. "This week we will see a Memphis defense that is athletic and is starting to gel at the right time, much like we are. It is going to be a tough test for us, but I like where we are as a unit."

Part of UAB's success has been the play of running back Darrin Reaves. In the last three games, the Birmingham, Ala., native has rushed for 573 yards and currently holds the UAB single-season record with 13 rushing touchdowns. 

"When you are able to run the ball it opens up a lot of things for you," Brohm added. "You add in a guy like Darrin Reaves and it helps out every position, whether it's linemen or the quarterback."

Reaves is the stalwart on an offensive unit that averages 30.6 points per game and over 420 total yards per contest.

The Memphis defense gives up an average of 410 yards of total offense, while opponents have scored 33 points per game against the Tigers.

UAB and Memphis are set to clash at 1 p.m. Saturday at Legion Field. The contest will 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.