The UAB Blazers will try to stay undefeated when they host the South Alabama Jaguars at Legion Field on Saturday afternoon.
A 42-6 loss to Memphis last Saturday left South Alabama with numerous questions to answer heading into this week’s non-conference date at UAB. Among the unknowns is the Jaguars’ worsening injury situation, which added three starters during the blowout setback against the Tigers. Defensive lineman Tyree Turner (ankle) missed his second straight game, while running back Tra Minter (concussion), linebacker Roy Yancey (ankle), and offensive lineman Max Charite (ankle) were injured during that contest. Turner, a preseason All-Sun Belt Conference pick, remains day-to-day. Minter, who lay motionless and face down on the field briefly following a hard hit in the first quarter, must pass through the NCAA’s five-step concussion protocol before he can even return to practice. However, the Jaguars are expected to get wide receiver Jalen Wayne (broken foot) back this week and might have linebacker Patrick Rosette (broken hand) at their disposal, as well. Those two players–both of whom were expected to see extensive playing time this season–have been out since preseason camp.
Ties that bind
UAB features 25 players or coaches with ties to the South Alabama program and the surrounding Gulf Coast area, but none more significant than head coach Bill Clark. He worked five seasons as the Jaguars’ defensive coordinator before heading to Jacksonville State for his first college head-coaching job. Clark accepted the UAB position following a single season at JSU and has been instrumental in resurrecting the UAB program following its dismissal.
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The Blazers head into this one with an unblemished 2-0 record, an explosive downfield passing attack, and a seemingly suffocating defense. UAB can also extend the nation’s seventh-best home winning streak to 14 games. It enters this game after an early bye week, which should prove beneficial in correcting a few easy-to-fix issues while also getting people healthy.
“Coming off an open date is always interesting,” Clark noted. “Everyone handles them a little differently. I think there is some good, but then there is the worry of what does that do to your psyche and how do your players return. Obviously, there is the health side to it which is a positive and having a second one coming up later is a big deal for us. We got better last week and it really gave us a chance to look at ourselves. We looked at South Alabama of course, but we tried to look all of our upcoming opponents and who we are going to play. It was a good solid week.”
The South Alabama Jaguars are:
- 9-20 ATS in their last 29 road games
- 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games against teams with winning records
- 2-5 ATS in their last seven games on fieldturf
The UAB Blazers are:
- 10-4 ATS in their last 14 overall
- 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 home games
- 4-0 ATS in their last four games against teams with losing records