"Dragon Breath" A UAB Dynasty (NCAA12)

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Old 12-31-2011, 04:50 PM   #465
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Re: "Dragon Breath" A UAB Dynasty (NCAA12)

Feb 5th, 2015


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- UAB's Travis Rhatigan announced the signing of 24 prospects to National Letters-of-Intent Wednesday and the head coach said he felt the Blazers had addressed their most pressing needs heading into the 2015 season.
"We were able to fill some specific needs we had to address, those being the linebacking and offensive line positions," said Rhatigan. "We were able to get good quality people and good numbers at each of those positions. Also we were able to keep our balance, which is very important in recruiting.
"You have specific needs in certain areas every year. And I think in order to keep things from getting out of whack on your roster, you need to keep balance, and I think we were able to do that."
In the signings were seven linebackers and five defensive linemen.
"I think it's a great class, these kids can come in and keep the tradition going" said Rhatigan said. "It's one we're very pleased with. I think we got not only good quality players but also good quality people and students that I think we'll be happy and proud to have as a part of our football program at UAB."
One noticeable change from previous years was that the staff didnt go after transfer and only signed one junior college kid. That is due largely to the Blazers' overall scholarship numbers and depth being much improved from a few seasons ago.
"Although I like the maturity transfers and juco kids bring in especially like Cortez Means, Vince Jones, and Tom Cox. But its good to build your program up with freshmen an establish a deep program. By not having turnover every other year."

Signee Pos. Hometown Ht. Wt. Caliber
Scott Gaither
DE Freeport, TX
6'5 240 4
Joel Brock
DT Pearl, MS
6'2 271 3
Dan Clayton
Alton, IL
6-1 211 3
Lonnie Cantrell
T Bucryus, OH
6'6 289 3
Adam Sledge
LB Bella Vista, AR
6'1 230 3
Marcus Andrews
LB Angleton, TX
6'5 231 3
Chris Walker
LB Bridgeport, MI
6'6 228 3
Nick Jacobs
QB Sterling, CO
6'1 194 3
Dwight Watson
DE University West, FL
6'5 259 3
Charrod Randle
TE Nederland, TX
6'4 265 3
Shawn Hill
HB Leon Valley, TX
6'1 201 3
Chris Mays
T Oakwood, OH
6-1 264 3
Aaron Mitchell
LB Lake Providence, LA
5'11 221 3
Josh Jones
T North Laurel, MD
6'4 299 3
Ryan Fenner
LB Lanett, AL
6'0 244 3
Marcus Marks
LB Mansfield, LA
6'2 247 3
James Thompson
T Smyrna, GA
6'4 301 3
Trey Weiss
TE Powder Springs, GA
6'6 228 3
Jon Edwards
HB Violet, LA
5-10 195 3
John Patrick (juco JR)
DT Rainbow City, AL
5-10 190 3
Markell Lee
P Vdalia, GA
6'3 217 2
Marques Greene
WR Seagoville, TX
5'9 168
Eric Rhodes
DE Houston, TX
6'7 240
Aaron Riley
LB Miami Springs, FL
6'0 206
Brent Ernst
Ath Angleton, TX
6'2 218

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Old 12-31-2011, 05:31 PM   #466
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Mar 10th 2015

- For the past few years Clemson University has tipped toed on the topic of heading to the SEC but with A&M and UAB making the move there was no reason for the Tigers to join. But recents talks have got serious highlighting reason why they should join the SEC. With the schools biggest rival being South Carolina it was a no brainer for them to join the SEC East but what other school was the SEC gonna add with them. Talks brought Southern Miss and even Missouri. But Southerm Miss would need to build a bigger stadium and the Big 12 wasn't letting Missouri go for free. Then Kentucky stepped to the plate. Feeling they would have a better chance at competing in the SEC Kentucky elected to swap with Clemson and a NCAA vote agreed. The changed started another chain of events however.
UL Monroe, who has been quite successful in the Sun Belt jumped ship to Conference USA after conference champ Marshall joined the Big East.

Clemson -----> SEC East
Kentucky ----> ACC Coastal
UL Monroe ---> Conf USA
Marshall -----> Big East South

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Old 12-31-2011, 05:57 PM   #467
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Mar 21st, 2015

Blazer Football Team Opens Spring Practice Wednesday
UAB will culminate drills with spring game on April 16:

Head coach Travis Rhatigan and the Blazers open spring practice on Wednesday.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The UAB football team will begin 2015 spring drills Wednesday, the first of 15 workouts the Blazers will hold over the next several weeks.
As the Blazers embark on spring practice, head coach Travis Rhatigan said he and his staff would be looking closely at positions left vacant by Defensive End Tom Cox, Corner Vince Jones and Linebacker Cortez Means as well a the starting running back position.
"Offensively, I think we have a good group of guys coming back at every position we're so deep at receiver that I decided to ope that competition up as well," said Rhatigan. "I feel comfortable with every other spot because they have played a lot of football and they know what to do and how to do it. I think we ought to be alright, but obviously we have to find a running back. We have four or five guys who will compete for the position."
Eyes will also be on the Blazer defense this spring as former Bowling Green coach Frank Hickman takes over as defensive coordinator. Hickman, who won the MAC conference with Bowling Green last season contract was not renewed and UAB jumped all over him, he will bring a similar 4-3 alignment to what UAB has run in recent seasons. But he'll also bring a new philosophy to that side of the ball.
"Having Frank running our defense, we are going to do some things differently," Rhatigan said. "Frank has already made a tremendous impact on our football program to this point. He has a lot of experience and the guys look ready to impress."

Rhatigan said Hickman has watched film and will still keep in our style their style of play. "It will be simple, and hopefully it being simple will allow the players to play hard and reckless," he said. "There will not be as much thinking going on, and there will be a lot more effort and running to the football."
One player UAB will count on in the fall is Linebacker Timi McCollum. McCollum, an All-American selection last season look to keep the leadership going after key losses.

Another all-American performer, Junior free safety Carl Holycross, will also look to aid Hickman's new defense.

Quarterback Adam Dyks is entrenched as the starting signal-caller after throwing for 3,871 yards and 49 touchdowns last season. The Blazers will be looking to identify a run game for Dyks with Freshmen Lawrence Long and Ellis Fox as well as sophomore Luke Sullivan competing for the spot.
The Blazers will conclude their spring drills with their 15th practice and the spring game on Saturday, April 16.
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:24 PM   #468
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Apr 16th 2015


Birmingham, Ala
-- The Green team will be eating a steak dinner this week after posting a 20-14 win over the Gold in UAB's annual Green/White spring game. Members of the losing team will spend that same meal dining on hot dogs.
Adam Dyks quarterbacked the winning team, completing 16-of-29 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown and one interception.

The White drew first blood on a 40-yard field goal by Shane Jordan who by the way kicked for both teams, with 7:30 remaining in the first period. The Red answered with a 16-yard pass from Dyks to Matt Ford. Ford, coming back off a back injury, hauled in six passes for 62 yards.

The Red upped the lead to 14-3 with 1:04 left in the first when Lawrence Long ripped off an 32-yard run.

Jordan opened the second quarter scoring when he added a 36-yard field goal, but the Red answered before the half putting Jordan in range with a 28-yard field goal to go up 17-6.

Neither team scored again until the fourth quarter when the White got a 17-yard pass play from Marques Wright to Travis Jackson. The team added a two-point conversion to receiver Bill Cooley to cut the margin to 17-14, but Dyks with the help of Long got the Green squad into field goal range as Jordan tacked on a 25-yarder with 3:24 left to end the scoring.

Wright finished the game 11-of-24 for 76 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Jackson caught seven passes for 54 yards.

The top rusher in the game was Lawrence Long, who topped the Green team with 10 attempts for 65 yards. The White team leader was Ellis Fox with 12 rushes for 59 yards.

The game's leading tackler was White team linebacker Terry Jackson with eight. He also had an interception. The Red team was led in tackles by Carl Holycross and Timi McCollum with five each.

Freshmen (RS) wide receiver Travis Barnes saw his only action fielding punts, a great spring he had some think he'll compete during fall camp for a starting role.

"Our decondary and defensive line units look good, receivers ran good routes. I was surprised that our quarterbacks struggled a bit after a great spring but the defense is uasually on top of things when it comes to spring ball. Over all im excited about this team and look forward to the season."
~Travis Rhatigan

A crowd of 25,598 saw the game. The Sooners will conclude their spring practices with a final workout on Tuesday.

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Old 12-31-2011, 07:36 PM   #469
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May 3rd, 2015

Birmingham, Ala -- They never said it would be easy. Perhaps that's why no team has repeated as AP champs since the 2003/04 USC Trojans. The Blazers play perhaps one of the countries toughest schedule, well at least on paper. Road trips Tallahassee, Clemson, Gainesville and Auburn make this schedule brutally tough.
"Thats what its about, going to some of the great venues around the country and coming out with wins. It'll be tough but we'll be ready." Said head coach Travis Rhatigan.
The tough part about the schedule is a stretch of five straight road games with a bye sandwiched in between, but a three game season ending home stretch should help. Here's the schedule.

2015 schedule:
  • @ Florida State 12:30pm
  • Tennessee 12:00pm
  • Southern Miss 12:30pm
  • @ Mississippi State 3:30pm
  • bye
  • @ Auburn 12:30pm
  • @ Clemson 1:00pm
  • @ South Carolina 3:30pm
  • @ Florida 12:30pm
  • Louisville 3:30pm
  • bye
  • Ole Miss 8:00pm
  • Georgia 12:30pm
  • Vanderbilt 1:00pm
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Aug 1st 2015


Atlanta, GA - A year after winning the national championship and doubling up on the SEC Championship the UAB Blazers were voted to finish 7th in the SEC this year.
"Mind Boggling." Says Blazers head coach Travis Rhatigan who brought along Senior quarterback Adam Dyks. About the only good thing to come from the media day was the announcement of pre-season players of the year and the pre season all conference selections. UAB placed nine throughout the first and second teams while Adam Dyks and linebacker Timi McCollum was named pre-season players of the year.
SEC Rankings according to the coaches:
  2. LSU
  7. UAB
  8. TEXAS A&M
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Aug 3rd, 2015


Birmingham, Ala -
The UAB Blazers will hold their first workout of the preseason on Tuesday as they officially begin 2015 camp in preparation of the upcoming campaign. Players will report back to campus by the end of today, have meetings with various athletics department and campus officials tomorrow afternoon and conclude the day with a no padded practice in the evening.
Head coach Travis Rhatigan, who begins his fifth season at the helm of the program, will have nearly a full allotment of scholarship student-athletes for the first time in his tenure at UAB.
"That is big for us," Rhatigan said. "I'm happy we will be playing with pretty much a full deck this time as far as scholarship players. We'll see how it works out if we end up with 85, or if it's 82 or 83, but it's certainly going to be better than 63, 68 and 73 which is where we've been the last three years.
"We're excited about getting everybody in there. The guys have worked hard this summer and we're ready to go."
UAB's first day in full pads will be Friday, August 7th. Fall semester classes begin at UAB on Tuesday, Aug. 18.
The Blazers open the 2015 season on the road at Florida State on August, 29th.
For ticket information, contact the UAB Ticket Office at (205) 975-UAB1 or by going online at www.uabsports.com
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:08 PM   #472
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Aug 14th, 2015


Birmingham, Ala - In a competitive fall camp for the UAB Blazers, Starting Free Safety Carl Holycross who was the BCS National Championship defensive player of the game left practice after awkwardly twisting his knee going up for a interception. Further test showed he tore his ACL and will be out for the rest of the season.
"(sigh) Thats tough, he was a big time leader on the field for us. It's time for someone to step up." A dejected Travis Rhatigan said.
Also in this mornings practice, starting Middle linebacker Timi McCollum got a severe high ankle sprain and is told he may miss the season opener vs Florida State and possibly the home opener vs Tennessee.
"Its apart of the game, we have to learn how to adapt, we have the depth now its time to see if we have the athletes." Said Rhatigan.
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