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2003 PREVIEW: UAB Blazers

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has been close. Few programs have been better in Conference USA as the Blazers have the fourth best league record since 1999, but they haven't been able to get over the top. This might be an interesting player in the 2003 race with a team full of veterans. For all of the returning experience, this is still a young team with only three senior starters. It might be tempting to say the Blazers are a year away, but they want to win now and could be a Conference USA sleeper team with a few big performances at some key spots.

Blazers
Team Information
Head coach: Watson Brown
9th year: 42-47
19th year overall: 74-124-1
Returning O Lettermen: 25
Returning D Lettermen: 23
Returning ST Lettermen: 2
Lettermen Lost: 19
Ten Best Players
1. LB Zac Woodfin, Jr.
2. QB , Soph.
3. CB , Jr.
4. DT , Jr.
5. WR Roddy White, Jr.
6. SS , Sr.
7. FS Julius Wainright, Soph.
8. RB Dan Burks, Soph.
9. PK , Jr.
10. TE , Jr.
2003 Schedule
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10/4 at
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10/18 at TCU
10/25 at
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11/8
11/22 at
11/29 at
Few teams are counting on so many non-seniors to play such a big role. From sophomore star-in-the-making quarterback , to true sophomore running back Dan Burks to junior deep threat Roddy White, is expected big things from three very young, but explosive, players. The defense is the same was with only one projected starting senior. Despite the youth movement, there's a decent amount of depth to count on. Can Watson Brown finally get his team into the Conference USA title hunt? Maybe next year, but 2003 should be a fun ride. The Schedule: Missing and is never a bad thing and Southern Miss, and come to Birmingham. You can't reasonably ask for much more than that in Conference USA play, but the Blazers will have to go to TCU. will kick off the Guy Morriss era in Baylor before facing Southern Miss, so the team can't get down if it stumbles out of the gate. Playing at and at Georgia in the middle of the league schedule won't be fun. Best Offensive Player: Sophomore QB . After taking over the starting job in the middle of last year, Hackney served notice that he could be one of the most dangerous players in the league over the next few years. He has a huge arm, nice size and good mobility. Best Defensive Player: Junior LB Zac Woodfin. On a team that lacked starting experience last season, Woodfin stepped in and became a star making 120 tackles and five sacks. If he stays healthy, his numbers won't be far off in 2003. Key player to a successful season: The defense should be solid with several returning starters, but it could be something great if the line can develop a consistent pass rush. Sophomore ends Anthony Garrett and have to get to get to the quarterback. The season will be a success if ... wins seven games. It's asking a lot for a team needing so many young players to grow up to win the Conference USA title, but that doesn't mean this can't be a great season. 2004 should be 's year. With seven road games, a seven-win season would be a huge success. Key game: Sept. 6 vs. Southern Miss. The Eagles should be one of the top teams in Conference USA. A home win for the Blazers would do wonders for the team needing as many conference home wins as possible. 2002 Fun Stats:
  • Penalties: 99 for 790 yards - Opponents 60 for 503 yards
  • Second quarter scoring: Opponents 134 - 71
  • home: 4-2 ... road: 1-5
    2003 Recruiting Class
    Star of the Class
    Alvin Winters RB 6-2 205 Fr. Daleville, Ala./Daleville
  • A two-way starter for coach John Moton, starting at running back and free safety ... led team to a 10-3 record as a senior ... Daleville made it to the Class 4A state quarterfinals before being eliminated by eventual state champion, UMS-Wright ... had 201 yards rushing, 113 return yards, a 70-yard touchdown return and four touchdowns against Hillcrest Evergreen in the first round of the state playoffs ... finished senior season with 167 carries, 1373 yards, 17 touchdowns at running back and 3 interceptions, including one interception returned for a touchdown and 37 tackles at free safety ... was team Offensive MVP as a senior ... Team MVP as a junior ... started all four years, tallying over 4,000 all-purpose yards ... a sophomore, was one of the top defensive backs in the area ... also plays basketball and track ... Team MVP in basketball as a junior. Greer Barnett TE 6-3 225 Fr. Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook
    Marcel Binion OL 6-3 300 Jr. Tuscaloosa, Ala./East Central (Miss.)
    Dawson Brown OL 6-5 300 Fr. Sparkman, Ala./Sparkman
    Gerod Condry DB 6-2 200 Fr. Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles
    Nick Coon WR 6-2 185 Fr. Eclectic, Ala./Wetumpka
    Jamarius Dismuke OL 6-5 310 Fr. Birmingham, Ala./Parker
    Willie Edwards WR 6-3 215 Fr. Mobile, Ala./LeFlore
    Durrell Fuqua DB 5-11 175 Fr. Russellville, Ala./Russellville
    Marcus Henderson LB 6-1 205 Fr. Elba, Ala./Elba
    Brandon Jeffries DE 6-4 220 Fr. Tuscaloosa, Ala./Central
    Carl Johnson DB 6-1 190 Fr. Birmingham, Ala./Huffman
    Bobby Keyes DB 6-0 175 Jr. Raleigh, Miss./Jones County JC
    *Rodney Outlaw OL 6-2 300 Jr. Starkville, Miss./East CC
    Vincent Pollard DE 6-3 225. Jr. Ocilla, Ga. (Middle JC
    Chris Pugh DE 6-2 214 Fr. Silas, Ala./Southern Choctaw
    Josh Schalk OL 6-3 260 Fr. Mt. Carmel, Ill./Mt. Carmel
    David Sigler LB 6-3 205 Fr. Albertville, Ala./Albertville
    Steven Sigler LB 6-0 200 Fr. Mobile, Ala./Murphy
    Ladarius Stanley DT 6-4 260 Fr. Courtland, Ala./Courtland
    Jake Tompkins QB 6-2 210 Fr. Russellville, Ala./Russellville
    Josh Tompkins DE 6-3 220 Fr. Russellville, Ala./Russellville
    Adam Truitt OL 6-2 285 Fr. Hoover, Ala./Hoover
    LB 6-4 220 Fr. Pensacola, Fla./Pine Forest
    RB 6-1 225 Fr. Birmingham, Ala./Jess Lanier
    DB 6-1 180 Fr. Wenonah, Ala./Wenonah
    Jeffery Williams LB 6-1 225 Fr. Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln
    *Potential Instant Impact Players
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