UAB Blazers Football Season Preview History
2011 UAB Football Preview:
Although UAB had one of the most potent offenses in the country last year, the same could not be said for their defense. Its porous D led the Blazers to a 4-8 record, and stumbling throughout most of the year. With 15 returning starters, UAB will be looking to finally break through and earn a bowl bid for only the second time in school history.
The offense will be led by senior quarterback Bryan Ellis, who showed was more than a capable leader in 2010 by throwing for nearly 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. The offense is also loaded with a number of weapons including veteran receiver Patrick Hearn and running back Pat Shed, who averaged an impressive 177 yards per game last season.
The UAB defense will have to step it up this year if it would like to return to a bowl game. Luckily, the Blazers have a new defensive coordinator who knows how to win and a solid core of experienced players led by defensive tackle Elliot Henigan and cornerback T.J. Ballou. If the defense is up to the task, the Blazer may once again be in the conversation in Conference USA.
2010 UAB Football Preview:
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers football program is still comparatively young, but has been making positive strides throughout the last few seasons. When UAB fans turn out to home games at the off-campus Legion Field, they enter the third largest college football stadium in Alabama. As the Blazers continue to show that they can compete in Conference USA, almost 24,000 screaming fans show up to cheer their team on.
Last season, UAB went 4-4 in the conference and finished with a 5-7 overall record. While the record may seem mediocre, it's worth noting that the Blazers have routinely annoyed and beaten some of college football's top teams, since joining Conference USA in 1999. In 2000, the team beat LSU on the road, and then reached its first bowl game, the Hawaii Bowl, in 2004.
Entering the 2010 season, Coach Neil Callaway will need to find an explosive offensive weapon to replace their leading rusher and passer, Joe Webb, who was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. Their top recruit, offensive center John Hix, should help give the Blazers' new offense a little breathing room by holding off opposing defenses.
The Blazers begin their season on September 4 against Florida Atlantic.
2009 UAB Football Preview:
Head Coach: Neil Callaway
2009 marks the 3rd season that Neil Callaway will be the Head Coach of the UAB Blazers football team. If Callaway and UAB play up to their potential then the Blazers could be one of the surprise teams in Conference USA in 2009.
2008 UAB Football Preview:
Head Coach: Neil Callaway
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Blazers football program is one of the youngest and most exciting in all of college football. For a program that has existed for less than 20 years, to see them compete against some of the powerhouse football teams in the country, and win, is very exciting. Legion Field this season in Birmingham will be at full capacity as Blazers fans hope to see their team once again climb the ranks of the Conference USA and compete for another bowl game bid.