Marshall travels to UAB this weekend looking to secure their fifth win of the season and inch one game closer to bowl eligibility. Under first year head coach Garrick McGee, the Blazers have recorded two victories this season, including last week’s 27-19, comeback win over Southern Miss.
Much like Marshall, the UAB offense is powered by a strong passing attack. Redshirt freshman quarterback Austin Brown has completed 146 of 252 attempts for 2086 and 12 touchdowns with seven interceptions. Brown’s favorite target is five-foot-11 junior Jackie Williams, who leads UAB in receptions 39, and receiving yards, 674. Williams is not a one man band at receiver, he is joined by Nick Adams and his 34 catches for 535 yards.
Looking at the two previous Saturday’s, Blazers running back Darrin Reaves recorded 56 carries for 389 yards and five touchdowns. Reaves had a herculean effort in last week’s comeback win over UAB. Needing to erase a 16-0 halftime deficit, the Blazers turned to Reaves who rewarded his coaches with 223 yards and two touchdowns.
On defense, UAB has struggled this year. The Blazers are allowing 257 passing and 184 rushing yards per game. When UAB is making stops, they are usually made by linebacker Marvin Burdette. The senior ranks second in the FBS with 115 tackles. UAB also has a hard time creating turnovers, their five interceptions are tied for second to last in Conference USA.
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