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  Outland Trophy nominee Kadeem Telfort has been present at every practice, working individual drills, but is currently not taking part in team drills. He's worn a walking boot the past few practices but only as a precautionary measure. In his stead, Trey Bedosky has earned reps at left tackle but is expected to take up the right tackle position upon Telfort's return. With Bedosky at right tackle, Sidney Wells moved back outside and Zaire Flournoy was seen taking reps at right guard with the first unit. - Birmingham Post Herald

rSr/2023 OT Kadeem TelfortAlabama-Birmingham
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  UAB head coach Bryant Vincent continues to be delighted with the second week of fall camp in full swing. The Blazers have the makings of the deepest and most experienced team in program history. Redshirt junior safety Jaylen Key is having an impressive camp leading into the 2022 season. The backend of the secondary is extremely experienced and Key is making the case for an even more expanded role this year, alongside veterans Will Boler, Grayson Cash and Keondre Swoopes. "Jaylen has had a great fall camp, the best fall camp that he's had since he's been here," Vincent said. "He's healthy, very coachable and one of the best athletes on the entire team. He's starting to put it all together and he's fun to watch." - Birmingham Post

rSr/2023 SS Jaylen KeyAlabama-Birmingham
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  The UAB football team wrapped up its fourth practice of fall camp Thursday, ahead of its season opener against Alabama A&M, Thursday, Sept. 1, at Protective Stadium in Birmingham. Despite a few big plays from the offense, UAB's defense is still performing strongly in fall camp. Senior safety Will Boler is having a great camp and redefining his leadership skills as the elder statesman of the defense. He's played in 49 career games, one less than punter Kyle Greenwell, and is the most experienced defensive back in the secondary. - Birmingham Post

rSr/2023 SS Will BolerAlabama-Birmingham
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  2022 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Jermaine Brown Jr., UAB,...Brown Jr. is one of the top multi-threat players in the nation. He is coming off a junior campaign in which he compiled over 1,000 all-purpose yards with 631 rushing yards, 200 receiving yards and 184 kick return yards. The Mobile, Ala. native averaged 5.1 yards per carry in 2021 and added seven rushing touchdowns as well. Brown Jr. was recently named to the 2022 Doak Walker Award Watch List and makes up one of the top 1-2 punches at running back with teammate DeWayne McBride. These two are the only returning running back tandem in the nation who combined for 2,000 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns last season. - UAB Football

rJr/2024 RB Jermaine Brown Jr.Alabama-Birmingham
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  2022 PRESEASON RAY GUY WATCHLIST: Kyle Greenwell - UAB,...Greenwell (6-1, 210) is a senior after starring each season since his 2018 freshman season, including a second junior campaign in 2021 when he punted 60 times for a total of 2525 yards, good for a punt average of 42.1...Had a long punt of 73 yards at North Texas, in addition to 12 punts of over 50 yards...Pinned 16 punts inside of the 20 yard line. As a sophomore (2019) he was a midseason addition to the Ray Guy watch list. He finished that season with punts for 2,860 yards, good for an average of 42.1 yards per punt...Had a long of 66...Had 11 punts of 50 or more yards and placed 22 punts inside the 20 yard line...His 68 punts were the fifth most in a season at UAB and his yardage of 2,860 was the third most. - UAB Football

rSr/2023 P Kyle GreenwellAlabama-Birmingham
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  2022 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCHLIST: S Grayson Cash, UAB,...Cash made some of the biggest plays of the season last year en route to earning Second Team All-Conference USA honors. Highlighted by a 100-yard pick six against Florida Atlantic and a blocked punt which he recovered for a touchdown at Southern Miss, Cash ended the season with 23 tackles, three interceptions, four pass breakups and two blocked punts. With six career interceptions, Cash's next INT will move him into the top 10 all-time at UAB in that category. Cash is one of three remaining players who has been on the team since the Blazers made their return to the playing field in 2017. Fellow safety Will Boler and outside linebacker Kyle Harrell are the other two. - UAB Football

rSr/2023 SS Grayson CashAlabama-Birmingham
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  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: OT Kadeem Telfort, UAB,...Telfort is entering his third and final season at UAB and has been a force for the Blazers. He started all 13 games last season and has started 17 of the 19 career games he has played in. Telfort helped the Blazers rush for 180.2 yards per game last season while. He is one of four returning starters on UAB's offensive line in 2022 as this unit is expected to be one of the best in the nation. The Miami, Fla. native is one of five Conference USA players selected to the Outland Trophy Watch List and one of 29 offensive tackles on the list. Including defensive players, there are 89 total players on this year's watch list. - UAB Football

rSr/2023 OT Kadeem TelfortAlabama-Birmingham
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  Will Boler and Grayson Cash return as the only seniors in the backend and look to cap their respective careers in successful fashion. Both have played in the strong safety position and are expected to share the role in the same capacity but with fluidity on the field. Boler was named an All-C-USA honorable mention in each of the last three seasons, appearing in 49 career games with 33 starts, between free and strong safety positions, and has accumulated 160 tackles (4.5 for loss), 13 pass breakups, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles.

Meanwhile, Cash has played in 45 career games while amassing 84 tackles (4 for loss), 11 pass breakups, 6 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 2 blocked punts. He is a timely playmaker for UAB after scoring a touchdown on one of his blocked punts and setting a school record with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown, the latter of which swung momentum back to UAB before halftime in what was a close first-half against FAU. - Birmingham Post Herald


rSr/2023 SS Grayson CashAlabama-Birmingham
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  2022 PRESEASON RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCHLIST: Will Rykard, UAB,...Rykard took over the starting center position midway through last season as veteran Andrew Smith Jr. moved to left guard. His stellar play at center solidified the offensive line that averaged 206.0 rushing yards per game. Rykard was the starting center for the Independence Bowl victory over No. 13 BYU and also started three games as a redshirt freshman in 2020, including the Conference USA Championship victory at Marshall. The Blazers were 5-1 last season with Rykard in the starting lineup. For his career, Rykard has played in 15 games with nine starts and enters this season as the full-time starter. - UAB Football

rJr/2024 C Will RykardAlabama-Birmingham
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  2022 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: DeWayne McBride (Jr.), UAB,...As a sophomore in 2021, UAB running back DeWayne McBride (5-11, 212) played 13 games had 204 carries for 1371 yards to average 6.7 yards per carry and had 13 touchdowns...Had a career-high four touchdowns and 210 yards versus Louisiana Tech, the seventh most rushing yards in a game in program history... Named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against LA tech... Rushed for 100+ yards five times during the season. UAB will have one of the best rushing attacks in the nation as they return their top two running backs from a year ago, McBride and Jermaine Brown Jr., affectionately known as Debo and Skull, respectively, combined for 2,002 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground last season and are expected to lead the UAB offense with interim head coach and offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent calling the shots. - Birmingham Post Herald

Jr/2024 RB Dewayne McBrideAlabama-Birmingham
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  The Blazers lost two of its more productive players from last season in Alex Wright and Antonio Moultrie, a bookend duo that found success throughout the 2021 season. Wright was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the NFL Draft and Moultrie entered the transfer portal and eventually signed with the Miami Hurricanes. Kelle Sanders returns as the lone starter among outside linebackers and appeared in every game last season, registering 10 starts and amassing 30 tackles (3.5 for loss) and 2 sacks.

He'll take over for the departed Alex Wright at the JACK position after recording four starts at the prime position and six starts as a second JACK on the field. Kyle Harrell and Nikia Eason Jr. are the next most experienced pass rushers on the roster after contributing at a high level on special teams. Harrell has played 36 games for the Blazers, amassing 43 tackles (8 tackles for loss), 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and recovery and an interception, and Eason has 28 games under his belt, recording 32 tackles (8 for loss), 5 sacks and two blocked kicks. - Birmingham Post Herald


rSr/2023 DE Kelle SandersAlabama-Birmingham
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  There are three certainties to the UAB football program. A Spanish Fort alum on every roster, a productive running game and a brutal and domineering defense. It's time we focus on the latter. The Blazers return 16 total starters, nine on defense, but have a lack of experience at the defensive line position with departures from three multi-game starters. It'll be imperative for the unit to come together quickly to allow UAB's linebackers to wreak havoc in its unique 3-4 scheme.

Fish McWilliams started only two games last season but is battle-tested throughout his time on the Southside. A trio of upperclassmen returns with some playing experience but the Blazers also need contributions from a crop of redshirt freshmen and offseason transfers. McWilliams is the lone starter returning on a defensive line that lost three key members to graduation. He was granted a COVID waiver, reclassified as a redshirt junior, and steps into a true leadership role as the longest-tenured member in the position. McWilliams has appeared in 39 games for the Blazers, amassing 38 tackles (10 tackles for loss), 7.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. - Birmingham Post Herald


rSr/2023 DT Fish McWilliamsAlabama-Birmingham
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  2022 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Jermaine Brown (Jr.), UAB,... As a junior last season, running back Jermaine Brown (5-8, 185), made Conference USA Honorable Mention...Appeared in all 13 games for UAB, making eight starts...Is the Blazer's second-leading rusher going for 631 yards on the season and has an average of 5.1 yards per carry...Additionally, tallied 200 receiving yards on 23 catches, had a career-high 55 receiving yards versus Rice...Recorded a career-high three rushing touchdowns versus UTEP...On special teams as Blazers' primary kick returner, going for 200 kick return yards on the season...Tallied a total of 1031 all purpose yards. - UAB Football

rJr/2024 RB Jermaine Brown Jr.Alabama-Birmingham
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  2022 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: DeWayne McBride, UAB,...As a sophomore in 2021 UAB running back DeWayne McBride (5-11, 215) made Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List...Conference USA Preseason Watch List... Second Team All-Conference USA...In 13 games, had 204 carries for 1371 yards to average 6.7 yards per carry and had 13 touchdowns...Had a career-high four touchdowns and 210 yards versus Louisiana Tech, the seventh most rushing yards in a game in program history... Named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against LA tech... Rushed for 100+ yards five times during the season. - UAB Football

Jr/2024 RB Dewayne McBrideAlabama-Birmingham
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  Despite the losses of Pittman and Prince, UAB does have two tight ends with playing experience during their time on the Southside. Beyond the presence of Terrell McDonald and Maleak Bryant, the Blazers employ a host of redshirt freshmen, an incoming prep signee and two former JUCO transfers. McDonald is the most experienced tight end remaining on the roster, appearing in every game last season with one start, and is the only returning tight end with a reception for the Blazers. Bryant, a heralded recruit out of Garden City Community College (Kan.), has an opportunity to make good on his upside with a 6-6, 240-pound frame. He played in three games during the 2020 season but missed last year due to an injury. The Blazers signed two tight ends in the 2022 recruiting class and both have tangible qualities similar to that of the departed Pittman and Prince. - Birmingham Post Herald

rJr/2024 FB Terrell McDonaldAlabama-Birmingham
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