Blazers' Defense Preparing for ECU Offensive Attack

Jimmy Jean leads the Blazers' secondary with two interceptions on the year.

Nov. 13, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB football team took to the practice field on Wednesday in preparation for its final road game of 2013 at East Carolina.

The contest will kick off at 2:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. CST at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium, and will be televised in the eastern North Carolina market on WITN TV.

UAB will face an ECU team that boasts one of the nation’s top offenses, and one of the top receivers in junior Pirate Justin Hardy. Special teams/secondary coach Matt Sanders spoke about the team’s preparations during this week’s practice.

“It is a great challenge,” Sanders said. “They execute at a high level and it will be a great challenge for us. They are up-tempo as well so we have to make sure we get lined up and keep our eyes up. We have to make sure that we communicate so that we are on the same page and when they turn the lights on, just go play.”

The Pirates’ spread attack ranks first in the nation in accuracy with a 72.3 percent average (293-of-405 attempts), and ninth overall in pass offense with an average of 340.6 passing yards per contest.

“Saturday will be a great environment with 45-50,000 people there. We have to match their energy early, then once it calms down it will come down to who can execute their game plan the best.”

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