Sept. 13, 2005

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- The UAB football team took to the practice field Tuesday afternoon for two hours in pads and helmets, as the Blazers get ready for their home opener against Jacksonville State, Saturday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. (CT). UAB and the Gamecocks will be meeting for the fifth time, but the first time since the 1997 season. The series is tied at 2-2, with both of the Blazers' wins coming after UAB moved to the Division I-A level.

"Offensively, practice was very good today," said UAB head coach Watson Brown. "Some of that is because this is a new defense. We've been playing against the same looks for the last six weeks. This team (Jacksonville State) gives you a different look. It's a different philosophy completely, so we weren't real polished on it today. We've got to get better at that. Hopefully, we'll be better tomorrow. That's what I saw today, we weren't very polished against the Jacksonville State look. Technically, the way they line up is different than Troy or Tennessee and practicing against ourselves. This is what happens in college football. You've got to do this stuff in a week. We weren't very good at it today. We'll be better at it, hopefully, tomorrow."

UAB (1-1) is facing an in-state foe for the second-consecutive week, as the Blazers defeated Troy, 27-7, last Saturday night. The only score allowed by UAB came on a third-quarter punt return by Troy, as the Blazer defense did not give up any points. Additionally, Blazer quarterback Darrell Hackney threw for 296 yards and had a pair of touchdowns.

Jacksonville State is coming off of two tough losses this season. The Gamecocks fell to Furman, 17-10, in the first week of the season and then were defeated by Chattanooga, 21-18. Jacksonville State was picked to win the Ohio Valley Conference for the third-straight time in the OVC preseason poll.

The Blazers currently own a two-game win streak against Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks were victorious the first time the two teams met, the 1994 and 1995 seasons, before UAB took the next two contests.

The game, which kicks off at 6:00 p.m. CT at Legion Field, will be carried live on the ISP Blazer Sports Network on the flagship station, WYDE-FM 101.1.