UAB Blazers College Football Preview 2021: Keys To The Season
UAB Blazers Biggest Key: Offense
Stop turning the ball over. The offense was balanced, effective, and great at controlling games, working the time of possession battle by holding the ball for way over 32 minutes a game.
But turnovers screwed up a whole lot of that.
The Blazers gave it up 21 times in the nine games, screwing up two or more times five times. They only lost two of those games, but the mistakes proved costly in a 24-20 defeat to Louisiana and a 37-34 loss to Louisiana Tech.
They tightened up in the Conference USA Championship and bowl game – just one lone fumble in the two games, but the mistakes have to stop.
UAB Blazers Biggest Key: Defense
Don’t give up big plays. There were a few reasons the Blazers lost to Louisiana and Louisiana Tech last year – again, turnovers were front and center – but they were also the two games when the pass defense broke down.
UAB lost three games. Throw the Miami loss into the mix, and those were the only three games the secondary allowed 60% completion rate. More to the point, they were the three worst games in yards per attempt allowed, with Louisiana and Louisiana Tech each averaging over seven yards per throw.
Over the last two seasons, UAB is 1-5 when allowing FBS teams to complete 59% or more of their passes.
UAB Blazers Key Player To A Successful Season
RB DeWayne McBride, Soph.
And/or senior Lucious Stanley, and/or junior Jermaine Brown, and/or senior Larry Wooden, and/or Mississippi State transfer Lee Witherspoon. They don’t have to just replace a starting running back; they have to replace the guy who – more than any other player – brought the program back from the coma.
Brown ran for over 4,000 yards with 41 touchdowns as the main man for the attack over the last four years. McBride was second on the team with 439 yards and four touchdowns in his six games of work, but there will be plenty of backs who try to replace Brown. As long as the Blazers are averaging close to five yards per carry and can average close to 200 yards per game again, all will be fine.
UAB Blazers Key Game To The 2021 Season
Louisiana Tech, Nov. 6
With some due respect to Rice and UTSA this year, and maybe Southern Miss, the West is the far, far easier of the two divisions. If everything goes right, it should be UAB and everyone else, but getting Florida Atlantic and Marshall from the East doesn’t help.
However, the West title should come down to the Louisiana Tech game. The Bulldogs have to go to Old Dominion the week before, and this is at the end of a run of four road games in five dates. UAB gets the week off to prepare.
2020 UAB Blazers Fun Stats
– Sacks: UAB 21 for 136 yards – Opponents 4 for 24 yards
– Fumbles: UAB 9 (lost 7) – Opponents 9 (lost 6)
– Penalties: UAB 82 for 768 yards – Opponents 43 for 417 yards