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Maddeningly mediocre, UAB hasn't been awful over the last
several years under head coach Watson Brown, but it always comes up
just short of doing really big things with brutally painful close
losses always creeping up out of the blue for one of college
football's least clutch teams.
Last year, UAB needed to beat East Carolina for a second straight
winning season, but lost to East Carolina 31-23. Over the last eight
seasons, UAB has lost 20 games by a touchdown or less with four
coming last year. In other words, a few breaks here and there will
be the difference between UAB being good, and being in the
Conference USA title game.
Head coach: Watson Brown
12th year: 59-65
22nd year overall: 91-143-1
Off. 20, Def. 26., ST 5
Lettermen Lost: 17
Ten Best UAB Players
1. DE Larry McSwain, Sr.
2. OT Cornelius Rogers, Sr.
3. OT Julius Wilson, Sr.
4. LB Orlandus King, Sr.
5. WR Norris Drinkard, Sr.
6. RB Corey White, Sr
7. RB Dan Burks, Sr.
8. LB Mastaki Smith, Sr.
9. CB Kevin Sanders, Soph.
10. QB Chris Williams, Sr.
at Southern Miss
2005 Record: 5-6
2005 predicted wins
at Tennessee L 17-10
Troy W 27-7
at Marshall L 20-19
at UTEP W 35-23
at East Carolina
In a league where Tulsa and UCF can come from out of the blue to play
for the championship, UAB certainly has to have hopes of getting a few
big performances when needed and win the East. Only 12 starters return, but
there's more than enough experience for the other spots and plenty of
decent talent to get the job done if a few key players come through.
There's no replacing Hackney's leadership, but there are decent
quarterback prospects in Chris Williams and Sam Hunt fighting it out for
the starting spot with redshirt freshman Joseph Webb not all that far
behind in the race. None of them are Hackney, but they can all play and
in the case of Williams and Hunt, bring more mobility to the position.
The rest of the offense is solid with Corey White, Dan Burks, and
Marculus Elliott forming, arguably, the league's best running back trio.
There might not be a better pair of Conference USA tackles than Quinton
Harris and Julius Wilson, and what the receiving corps lacks in
experienced production, it makes up for in speed and potential.
The defense has a chance to be much better with five good linebackers to
work around, an experienced secondary that doesn't need to do too much
to improve on last year, and First Team All-Conference USA end Larry
McSwain up front to be the focal point.
In other words, UAB has the pieces in place to be a player in the
Conference USA race, but not enough to get over the hump ... again.
Schedule: It all comes down to the final two weeks playing East
rivals Southern Miss and UCF on the road. If UAB wins those two, it'll
likely be playing for the Conference USA title. There's a bad break
playing UTEP from the West, but it's made up for by missing Houston and
Tulsa and getting SMU and Rice. Easters East Carolina, Memphis and
Marshall have to come to Birmingham meaning there's a shot at a great
start to the league season.
Offensive Player: Senior OTs Cornelius Rogers and Julius Wilson. The
offensive line was one of the strengths of the team last season and will
be a major plus again thanks to the return of the all-star caliber
tackles to count on. Rogers and Wilson will be in the mix for
All-Conference USA honors and will drafted next season.
Defensive Player: Senior DE Larry McSwain. One of the league's best
all-around ends when he gets on a roll, McSwain has to try to generate
the pressure he did in 2004. He was a better player last season and
earned First Team Conference USA honors for the second straight season,
but he didn't get to the quarterback as much.
to a successful season: Senior QB Chris Williams and junior QB Sam
Hunt. Darrell Hackney might have been UAB football for the past four
seasons, but he had plenty of off-games to go along with his big
performances. Williams and/or Hunt has to be merely competent early on
and become great by the end of the season. They have the practice
experience to be more than fine.
will be a success if ... UAB wins the East. It's dreaming big for a team that's not
nearly as complete or as strong as several others in Conference USA, but
it should be in the mix for the East title until late November. The
sky's the limit if the quarterback situation becomes a positive.
Nov. 16 at Southern Miss. UAB is 0-6 since 2000 against the Golden
Eagles and won't win the East if it doesn't pull off the road win
in mid-November. It's not like they've been blowouts losing the six
games by a total of 32 points, but losing close games are what the
Blazers are all about.
- Second quarter scoring: UAB 110 - Opponents 56
- Penalties: UAB 75 for 639 yards - Opponents 52 for 490 yards
- Third down conversions: Opponents 71 of 157 (45%) - UAB 58 for 145
The Last Time UAB…
…played in a bowl game…2004 (Hawaii
Bowl vs. Hawaii)
…missed a bowl game…2005
…pitched a shutout…1999 (UL-Monroe)
…was shutout…2002 (UL-Lafayette)
…scored 50 points…2004 (Tulane)
…won a conference title…never
…had a 3,000-yard passer…2005 (Darrell Hackney)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…1996 (Carl Sanders)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2004 (Roddy White)
…had a first-round draft choice…2005 (WR Roddy White)