Jaylen Key is in his fourth fall camp at UAB. At this point, he’s not only latched on to a spot in the rotation at a crowded safety position but he could very well be one of the starters. Key’s story is a testament that overnight sensations aren’t common in college football.
They are linked together from a long ago, memorable December evening at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Now, you can add extended college football journeys concluding at the same spot, which happens to be about 800 miles northeast of Birmingham, to that link.
Reynard Ellis voluntarily gave up football a year ago. He did so without a twinge of regret, but nobody said it was an easy process.
The job too tempting to pass up has proven to be all that Bill O’Brien imagined it would be.
Sidney Wells started in all 27 games he’s been in a UAB uniform. He’s made all-conference teams and was on the Outland Trophy watch list. He’s been a leader both emotionally and physically since stepping on campus.
Chris Stewart, the Voice of Alabama football for at least the 2022 season opener, wants to make one thing clear. “This is filling in for him, this is not replacing him,” Stewart said of longtime Voice of Alabama football Eli Gold. “While I’m sick that there is a need for a fill in, I’m extremely honored that they’ve chosen me to do it.”
The question was asked more than once during spring practice. Can Maleak Bryant be physically ready to help the UAB football team in the fall or any point in the future?
Jon Sumrall’s first fall camp practice as the Troy football head coach included the start of yet another quarterback tussle for junior Gunnar Watson.
UAB offensive lineman Matthew Trehern laughs softly when asked about a moment caught on tape and sent out for the world to see on social media.
Crimson Tide Sports Marketing vice president and general manager Jim Carabin announced on Wednesday that Gold, the longtime Voice of Alabama football, will be out for the beginning of the season because of health issues and Chris Stewart will take over Gold’s role.
The Xs and Os of offensive football were on Darin Hinshaw’s mind when he showed up at the UAB Football Facility earlier this year to begin his first day as an analyst for the Blazers. The veteran assistant coach was ready to dive into the UAB playbook with then-offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent. Vincent had a different plan.
Samford began fall camp on Monday with the tussle for the starting quarterback position between junior college transfer Michael Hiers and University of Kentucky transfer Nick Scalzo one of the bigger storylines.
Since Friday, UAB interim head coach Bryant Vincent and his staff have grabbed commitments from five players with four of those coming from in-state.
Injuries have certainly been part of Dylan Hopkins’ UAB career, to this point. There was a torn thumb ligament in his throwing hand in 2019.
The UAB athletic program, which is a charter member of Conference USA, is approximately 11 months away from moving into the American Athletic Conference.
Memorable moments are certainly part of South Alabama’s relatively brief college football tenure.
Darin Hinshaw will serve as UAB’s offensive coordinator this season. Hinshaw was hired as an analyst at UAB earlier this year. He was elevated after Bryant Vincent took over as the interim head coach.
The question would have been asked. Mike Aresco, commissioner of the American Athletic Conference, which will have a different look next season, didn’t wait. He asked the question himself. “What will happen after this year, when Cincinnati, Houston and UCF depart?” Aresco said during his state of the conference address during AAC Media Day, which was shown virtually on Thursday.
In a way, Bradley Porcellato’s journey from Melbourne, Australia to Birmingham, Alabama traveled through Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Charlottesville, Virginia. We’ll let Porcellato, a senior All-Southern Conference punter at Samford University, connect those dots.
Media members voted UTSA as the favorite to win the Conference USA football championship.
Tuesday was a time for Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Keith Gill to celebrate the recent accomplishments of the football teams in the conference. It was also time to welcome four new members, who Gill believes will increase the strength of the conference.
June 27 wasn’t the culmination of Bryant Vincent’s grinding journey through the coaching profession. The 46-year-old Kentucky native still has plenty of work left before he hangs his whistle up and kicks his feet up. June 27 was certainly different, though. It was the first day he woke up as a college football head coach. It was two days following Bill Clark’s stunning announcement that he was stepping down as UAB’s head coach to deal with back problems.
Andy Kennedy met with media members on Monday afternoon to catch up on what has been a news-filled time for the UAB men’s basketball team.
Former Alabama wide receiver John Metchie III said on Sunday that he was diagnosed with leukemia and will probably not play in his first NFL season with the Houston Texans.
His coaching resume, at least his regular season coaching resume, begins when Eddie Robinson Jr. leads his Alabama State team into the 2022 season opener on Aug. 27 in Atlanta in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge against Howard University.
Grambling football coach Hue Jackson was asked about a specific player during the Southwestern Athletic Conference Media Day on Thursday. A smile lit up on his face when he heard the question about incoming freshman Ryan Peppins.