A random, too-soon look at next fall, sans the inevitable injuries, suspensions and other pratfalls of the too-long interim.
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|3-9 (2-6 C-USA, 5th/East)|
|Past Five Years|
|25-34 (18-22 C-USA)|
|Returning Starters, Roughly|
|7 (2 Offense, 5 Defense)|
|With such massive departures and nothing remotely resembling a star – the only players on last year’s all-C-USA team were departed defensive end Larry McSwain and returner Marculus Elliott on the first and third units, respectively – once can find stability, at least, on the offensive line, where ex-Hoover High star Adam Truitt has rocked his borderline Bama bangs at center, right guard and most recently right tackle over his career. He’ll be the only three-year starter on the team, and as such takes this honor more or less by default until receiver Nick Coon (36.2 avg., 3 TDs on 10 catches way back in 2003) plays to form after missing basically all of the last three seasons for myriad calamities.|
|UAB is admirable for managing a winning record (89-86-2) to date during a fast rise to the Bowl Subdivision since it began playing D-III ball in 1991, but, you know, it just adopted its alma mater a little less than four years ago. One notable rivalry, albeit a short-lived one at nine games: the "Battle For the Bones," in which the Blazers hook up with Memphis for a trophy shaped like a rack of ribs. UAB’s won seven straight in what should be a more equitable series.|
|Bizarre Item of Dubious Interest|
|Cornerback Carnell Williams expected to start last year but wound up contributing very little until the finale at Central Florida. Whether or not he can wrest the position from fellow senior Zach Britten, though, Williams has parlayed his status as doppelganger to a certain former Auburn and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer star into one inspired nickname: "Escalade."
Summation of his skills from Williams’ team bio: "Can play." Good to know.
|March 12: Tulane||March 13: Baylor||March 16: UCLA||March 20: Kentucky|
|March 21: Oregon||March 22: Arizona State||March 23: BYU||March 27: Missouri|
|March 28: Troy||March 29: Iowa State||April 3: Alabama||April 4: Akron|
|April 5: Cincinnati||April 9: UL-Monroe||April 10: Army||April 11: Syracuse|
|April 18: Florida||April 20: Southern Miss||April 25: Southern Cal||May 1: North Texas|
|May 3: SMU||May 8: Nevada||May 14: Tennessee||May 21: TCU|
|May 24: Notre Dame||May 29: UAB||May 30: Georgia|