Blazer football on display at Fan Fest

By on April 23, 2013
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Blazer football honors victims lost in tornado

Blazers will look to see who will replace seniors that graduated including Pat Hern as the spring game kicks off on Saturday at 11 a.m. Daniel Twieg /Photo Editor

Blazers will look to see who will replace seniors that graduated including Pat Hern as the spring game kicks off on Saturday at 11 a.m. Daniel Twieg /Photo Editor

Two years after deadly tornadoes touched down and cut a path from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham, residents are finally beginning to heal, but the memory of that day will live on in our hearts forever. As a way to mourn those lost and honor the heroes who stepped up and showed great courage, UAB is using this year’s Fanfest event as a springboard to motivate students and fans to learn about weather safety.

Alumni, students, and fans will begin gathering for UAB’s annual spring game at 7 a.m. on April 27 in what is commonly known as “Tent City,” tailgating spots for the event will be located in the parking lot next to the UAB Sand Volleyball courts and in order to get a spot you will need to arrive early.

Beginning at 9 a.m. there will be a host of activities, games, and food for the entire family to enjoy. There will be large inflatables for the children, balloon artists, face painting, and just after the game there will be a chance for photos and autographs with the Blazer football team and coaching staff.

The Spring Game will kick off at 11 a.m. and in honor of the lives touched by the tornado two years ago, the UAB football team will wear commemorative helmet decals and recognize the heroes who helped out during the this tragedy.

The Blazers completed their final scrimmage game this past weekend in preparation for the spring game. Coach McGee commented on both the offense and defense stating “I thought we had another good practice. Our practices kind of go back and forth with a little bit of give and take. Yesterday was a huge practice for our defense and they pretty much dominated. Then today, our offense came out with the energy, more enthusiasm and controlled the ball. So, our team is going back and forth.”

Going back and forth has been the Blazers primary problem season in and season out. Last season UAB managed to capture three wins, but on average gave up over 35 points per game. In order to turn this program around and get the fans hyped about the program, the Blazers will have to learn how to win. It seems as if the UAB football team has had problems starting and finishing on both offense and defense and they will need to work on their fundamental playing styles and techniques in order to prepare for this next season. This spring game will give the coaches, fans, and players an idea of what talent is coming in this next season and the problem areas the Blazers will need to focus on.

Just after the Spring Game on April 27, fans are encouraged to stick around for the softball doubleheader, as the UAB Blazers take on Marshall’s Thundering Herd at 1 p.m.

Charles Coleman
Senior Staff Writer
chascole@uab.edu

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