The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the UAB Blazers.
No. 111: UAB Blazers
Spring Practice Starts: February 27
Spring Game: April 7
UAB Spring Status
So how can UAB build on its stunning rebirth?
After two years off, the Blazers were brilliant with an 8-5 season with a bowl appearance – a more successful season than anyone could’ve reasonably asked for.
Now do more.
With a loaded team returning, the expectations are going to be there to be a real, live challenger in the Conference USA race. The experience is there, the coaching is fantastic, and now this spring is about simply playing, and not just rebuilding the program.
UAB Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Linebacker. Losing star corner Darious Williams is a problem, but in terms of getting into the backfield, the Blazers are going to have a harder time replacing hybrid outside linebacker and leader in tackles for loss, Shaq Jones.
Throw in the loss of Tevin Crews in the middle, and the Blazers need a few new key playmakers. It’ll be an open battle for two of the three positions, with Fitzgerald Mofor back on the weakside after finishing third on the team with 71 stops.
UAB Biggest Issue
There needs to be more of a downfield passing game. Preventing punts from getting blocked – there were three last year – would be nice, and generating a pass rush is a must, but there’s no excuse with the veterans returning to average just 11.34 yards per completion. There were a few home runs, but not enough of them. Fortunately …
UAB Biggest Positive
The offense is loaded. Bryant Vincent is back after serving as the offensive coordinator at the time the program took a siesta, and he has more than enough to work with. There’s no reason to finish 98th in the nation again in total O.
QB A.J. Erdely is back along with almost everyone who gained a positive rushing yard. On top of that, the top 12 pass catchers return including a senior-loaded top group of wideouts.
Really, Why Are The UAB Blazers Ranked Here?
Yeah, the team was amazing last season, and yeah, just about everyone is back, but there’s still going to be a little work to do to make this a consistent winner. Maybe the 41-6 loss to Ohio in the Bahamas Bowl is a bit too fresh, but … do it again,
You do what you have to, but four of the eight wins were by a touchdown or less, and there was plenty of bumslaying against some bad Conference USA teams and Alabama A&M. There can’t be a step back.