October 22, 2012
Football Story Seems Familiar
It is getting to be a depressing scenario.
The UAB Blazers play good football and even sometimes take the lead, but late in the game it all falls apart and the Blazers take another loss.
It happened again Saturday night against East Carolina.
Blazers coach Garrick McGee has to be wondering what it will take to get UAB in the win column again this year. With Tulane next up this coming weekend from the Superdome, it could be this week. The Green Wave has also struggled through a miserable season with a 1-6 record, the same as UAB. So next Saturday will be the day that one of these two teams will notch a second victory, so it might as well be the team that is playing the best overall and that might be UAB.
After all, the Blazers played a good East Carolina (5-3) team last Saturday and might have established UAB's best hope for the future offense in 6-foot-1, 208-pound redshirt freshman quarterback Austin Brown.
Brown played well completing 22 of 37 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Darrin Reaves ran for 69 tough yards on 21 carries and he found the end zone twice. Nick Adams caught four passes for 114 yards. Jamarcus Nelson caught five passes for 60 yards and Jackie Williams had three receptions for 50 yards.
McGee found some bright spots in another UAB loss.
"Our guys, for the most part, concentrated on the right things," he said. "I just thought that Austin was under control today. He was really looking at the defense and making tight, accurate throws under pressure. I just thought he did a good job."
If UAB is going to salvage this season and put a crooked number in the win column, it is going to take a couple of wins to get things headed in the right direction and the next two weeks offer a great opportunity to get that started.
Following a one-win Tulane team on the schedule is winless Southern Miss before the Blazers finish with a run of Marshall, Memphis and UCF.
"The one thing we live by is getting one day better as people, as football players and as a program," McGee said. "When you concentrate on that, it doesn't matter where you are in the season. It doesn't really matter what your record is."
There is time for UAB to end the season on a positive note, but it needs to start now.
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