UAB names Cody Clements starting quarterback vs Troy

UAB head coach Bill Clark said Monday that Cody Clements will start at quarterback in the Blazers' season opener against Troy. (

UAB will open the season with Cody Clements at quarterback.

Clements, a junior college transfer from Cerritos College in California, beat out redshirt freshman Jeremiah Briscoe for the starting job.

"I think (Cody) has an edge in the movement department," Blazers coach Bill Clark said. "They both throw the ball very well, he maybe moves around just a hair better.

"Cody was the starter coming out of spring and there may have been one day when Jeremiah was ahead of him but basically Cody has been as we call him the A-1 guy really since we've been here."

Clements threw for 1,953 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season at Cerritos. The 6-foot-2, 195 pound player began his college career in the Pac-12 at Washington State.

Clark said he likes both quarterbacks and added they will continue to get equal reps in practice leading into the season opener on Saturday.

Clark has a history of playing multiple quarterbacks. Last season, at Jacksonville State, three different quarterbacks started at least one game.

"We're not going to say that we're not going to play the other guy," Clark said, "but we don't want the starter looking over his shoulder and we don't want the back up getting his feelings hurt if he doesn't (play).

"A lot of times we say the 'hot hand' but I think (Cody's) going in and getting every opportunity to be in there."

UAB opens the season against Troy at Legion Field on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m.