Blazers Begin Important Week Of Practice

The UAB football team returned to the practice fields on Monday morning, going for just under two hours in full pads at the on-campus facility.{}

Monday's morning session was the first practice following the team's first full-pad session, which took place this past Saturday. UAB head coach Garrick McGee said that his team didn't start with as much intensity as he would've liked, but by the end of practice they had picked up the pace.

"Today went well," McGee said. "We were a little flat coming off a day off (Sunday), but they got going as things went on. We got a lot of really good work in and a lot of situational work - red zone, tight zone and third down plays.{} We are really getting to play football now and football is about situations."

McGee stressed the importance of this week's practice and getting his team to form a strong bond as a unit, which would in-turn set the foundation for the rest of the season.{}

"This is the week we really have to take a step forward as a football team," McGee said. "We have to come together as far as our commitment, as far as the way we are going to go about our business, as far as our execution of our offense, defense and special teams.{} It has to come to life this week."

The Blazers will have two-a-day practices on Wednesday and Friday and a morning practice on both Tuesday and Thursday. All the workouts will lead up to the first intrasquad scrimmage of the year, which will take place on Saturday evening.

UAB opens the football season on Saturday, Sept. 1, hosting instate rival Troy at Legion Field, with kickoff set for 11 a.m. CT.