[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1366854305&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4031235&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1366854305 type=script]Birmingham, AL (WIAT)-The UAB football team continued to put final touches on its preparations for this Saturday’s spring game when the Blazers will culminate a month’s worth of spring drills at West Campus Field.
The Blazers went through a two-hour workout Wednesday afternoon at Legion Field and have only one practice remaining (Friday) before the 11 a.m. kickoff Saturday in the annual springgame.
Head coach Garrick McGee was pleased that the team seems to be making adjustments and corrections to mistakes they made earlier in the spring, especially in last Saturday’s scrimmage.
“I did see some things that we made mistakes on in the scrimmage Saturday, and they came back today and it was corrected,” said McGee. “So that means the coaches are doing the right things in the meetings, and the kids are taking what they’re learning in the meetings out on the field.
“There were multiple times when there was a mistake made on Saturday and that same situation came up and there was a different action. I was pretty pleased with how it went.
McGee also said he’s anxious to see how his team performs on Saturday.
“I’m very excited about Saturday,” McGee said. “It’s going to be different. We’ve split the team in half. It’s dead even, we split our coaching staff up. We split all of our operations guys, all of our video guys; everybody in our program has a team. They’re either green or white, so it’s pretty balanced.
“I know our kids are pretty excited about it. There’s a huge reward for winning the game.”
Saturday’s spring game will have extra meaning this year for other reasons.
The game and BlazerFan Fest will be held on the two-year anniversary of the devastating tornadoes that ran through Alabama and so many communities near the Birmingham area. UAB Athletics is utilizing this event as a platform to promote weather safety, to continue to remember the affected communities, and to recognize our local hometown heroes.
UAB is inviting all hometown heroes from the local affected communities who were able to lend a helping hand to their neighbors that day to be honored on the sideline during the opening kickoff.
Former UAB football player and current City of Tuscaloosa firefighter Rhett Gallego, whose memorable field goal in 2000 on the final play of the game defeated LSU, will conduct the ceremonial kickoff to start the game and will represent all hometown heroes in attendance.
In addition, local meteorologist James Spann of ABC 33/40 and Walt Maddox, Mayor of Tuscaloosa and former UAB football player, will serve as honorary guest coaches. The American Red Cross will be set up inside “Tent City” with mobile units for fans to donate blood. Fans are also encouraged to bring their weather radios to have them programmed on-site.
(Courtesy: UAB Athletics)