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April 22, 2012
First Team Looks Good In Spring Finale
New UAB head coach Garrick McGee has his first spring training under his belt and he seemed please following the team's spring game on Saturday. "Things went well," he said. "We had a lot of energy, we didn't do everything right. They've got a great attitude and want to do the right things.
McGee stressed again that UAB has more good players than people think, even more than he thought coming into the program.
As McGee talked about different aspects of the team he seemed satisfied that there was talent at each position and potential for improvement. He singled out the move of Connor Boyett from defensive end to the inside as a tackle, "we have a multitude of big fast defensive linemen. We have a deep linebacker group, led my Marvin Burdette, Cody Payne to the offensive line will really help. We have quality receivers and good quality running backs. We moved some of our quicker receivers Kardeem Poole and Darius Powell to the secondary."
When addressing the quarterback play this spring MeGee said "They did a good job, our offense is complex."
From here the team "will dive into academics for the next couple of weeks and try and finish strong." Then the focus will become strength and conditioning. McGee wants to see the team develop a mental toughness and be able to overcome late in the game.
The game itself was somewhat onesided with the first team going against the second team and others.
The green team won 43-8 and took control of the game early, holding the white team scoreless until the end of the scrimmage.
Jonathan Perry, who looked very good all spring, threw three touchdown passes, including a 75 yard throw to Jackie Williams. Perry was 12-19 for 238 yards and an interception to go with his three scoring passes. First semester freshman Josh Greer, who also worked with the first team was 6-10 for137 yards and an interception. Greer also connected with J.J. Nelson for a 57 yard score. Austin Brown led the white team at quarterback, he was 10-15, going against the first team defense, for 109 yards and a touchdown, Joe Bento was 3-5 for 26 yards and Mike Miller was 1-3 for two yards.
For the green team Nelson grabbed three passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns, Williams had two receptions for 87 yards and a score. Jay Davis led all receivers with five catches for 58 yards, Nick Adams grabbed two passes for 48 yards, Nolen Smith had three for 25 yards, Patrick Hearn caught two for 22 yards and a touchdown and Greg Franklin had two catches for 18 yards.
Freddie Moore led the white team with three catches for 61 yards. Bud Pruitt also had three catches going for 19 yards, David Calloway caught one pass for 16 yards, Teddy Wright was next with two catches for 15 yards, followed by Stephen Herring with two catches for 14 yards and the white team's lone touchdown. Tamar Mickens and D'Andre Mostella both caught one pass for two yards.
Franklin was the leading rusher with 65 yards on seven carries, Bashr Coles was right behind him with 63 yards, also on seven carries, Dontavius Jackson carried the ball four times for 14 yards and two touchdowns and Perry had nine yards on two runs. Mostella led the white team with 19 yards on seven carries followed by Calloway with 10 yards on four rushes.
Burdette led the defense with 11 tackles. Diaheem Watkins recorded six tackles, five for a loss, three sacks and a pass break-up. Jessie Parrish had seven tackles and an interception, Shalin Waterford recorded eight tackles and broke up a pass, Tevin Crews had six tackles and two for a loss. Dequindre Adams added five tackles, an interception and a pass break-up. Caleb Lester had five tackles, a sack and a pass break-up, and Lamar Johnson had four tackles and one tackle behind the line. Chris Walton had a fumble recovery.
Ty Long connected on a 27 yard field goal. He also punted three times averaging 49.7 yards per punt. Hunter Mullins averaged 47 yards on four punts.