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  Jermaine Brown Jr. ran for three touchdowns, Dylan Hopkins added two TD passes and UAB beat UTEP 42-25 on Friday in the regular-season finale for both teams. UAB (8-4, 6-2 Conference USA) and UTEP (7-5, 4-4) await bowl invitations. Hopkins completed 15 of 20 for 108 yards and threw one interception. Brown finished with 16 carries for 88 yards and DeWayne McBride 99 yards rushing on just seven carries. He bounced off a would-be tackler and then plowed through two more to reach the goal line on a 17-yard run that opened the scoring with 4:50 left in the first quarter and ripped off a 67-yard scamper to the 4 that set up the first of Brown's TDs - a 1-yarder on fourth-and-goal that made it 14-all with 9:15 left in the second quarter. McBride appeared to have injured his ankle and was later seen on the sideline wearing a walking boot.

The Miners lost 10 yards as they went three-and-out and the punt, which was partially blocked, went just 25 yards. Four plays later, Brown capped a 40-yard drive with and 1-yard touchdown run with 8:41 left in the third quarter. UTEP fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Hopkins threw a 4-yard TD pass to Hayden Pittman that made it 28-17 about 2 minutes later. Quardraiz Wadley scored on a 7-yard run late in the first quarter and Deion Hankins ran for an 11-yard TD early in the second. Gavin Baechle's 23-yard field goal with 5 seconds left made it 17-14 at halftime. UAB, which shut down its program following the 2014 season, has won at least eight games four of the five seasons since re-instating football prior to the 2017 campaign. The Blazers went 6-3 and won the Conference USA Championship in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. - UAB/AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) Jr/2023 RB Jermaine Brown Jr.Alabama-Birmingham
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  DeWayne McBride rushed for 108 yards with two touchdowns and Grayson Cash's interception on Marshall's final drive sealed a 21-14 win for UAB on Saturday. The Blazers (7-3, 5-1 Conference USA) held Mercer's potent offense to 269 yards and to 22 points under its season average. The Thundering Herd (6-3, 4-1) had entered the game with the nation's eighth-best offense at 474.3 yards per game. CD Daniels led the UAB defense with seven tackles with Cash, Dy'Jonn Turner, Noah Wilder and Antonio Moultrie each adding six.

McBride scored on first-quarter touchdown runs of 3 and 15 yards as he picked up his fourth 10-yard rushing game of the season. Dylan Hopkins, who threw for 250 yards, scored the game-winner on a keeper from the 1-yard line with 36 seconds left in the third quarter. Grant Wells passed for 232 yards and both Marshall touchdowns as the Herd rallied to a 14-14 tie. Wells had moved Marshall to midfield when his third-down pass was intercepted by Cash, allowing UAB to run out the final 91 seconds. - UAB/AP College Football


(DS#40 RB) So/2024 RB Dewayne McBrideAlabama-Birmingham
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  NOV 8 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: UAB RB DeWayne McBride rushed into the UAB record book on Saturday with 14 carries for a career-high 210 yards and four touchdowns to lead UAB to a 52-38 victory over Louisiana Tech. His 210 rushing yards were the seventh-most in school history, while his four touchdowns were the second-most rushing touchdowns in a single game. He averaged 15 yards per carry in the process. McBride now has 837 rushing yards and eight touchdowns this season, while averaging 7.0 yards per carry. - Conference USA Football

(DS#40 RB) So/2024 RB Dewayne McBrideAlabama-Birmingham
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  DeWayne McBride ran for 210 yards and scored four touchdowns, both career highs, and UAB defeated Louisiana Tech 52-38 on Saturday to become bowl eligible. McBride took over after the Bulldogs took a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter. He scored on runs of 20 and 17 yards in the first half as the Blazers (6-3, 4-1 Conference USA) took a 24-21 lead. He added 35- and 29-yard scoring runs in the fourth quarter. McBride, who entered the game with four touchdowns, did his damage on just 14 carries. Quarterback Dylan Hopkins and Stanley Lucious added touchdown runs as UAB piled up 296 yards on the ground. JD Head threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third for the Bulldogs (2-7, 1-4) in his first start. The freshman replaced Austin Kendall, who didn't make the road trip because of a bad back. Head was 20 of 35 for 196 yards. Smoke Harris had nine catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns. - AP College Football

(DS#40 RB) So/2024 RB Dewayne McBrideAlabama-Birmingham
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  OCT 18 C-USA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: With UAB leading Southern Miss 10-0 in the second quarter, UAB S Grayson Cash blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone to spark a 34-0 victory. It was Cash's second blocked punt of the season and his second straight game scoring a touchdown after his 100-yard interception return for a touchdown last week. Cash also added one tackle and a PBU against Southern Miss. - C-USA Football

(DS#999 SS) rSr/2022 SS Grayson CashAlabama-Birmingham
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  Dylan Hopkins threw for one touchdown and ran for another to lead UAB to a 34-0 win over Southern Miss on Saturday. Noah Wilder had 14 tackles to lead a defense that held the Golden Eagles to 107 yards of offense and Grayson Cash blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone. Hopkins and Gerrit Prince hooked up for a 34-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter and then Cash made his big play on special teams barely a minute later to put the Blazers (5-2, 3-0 Conference USA) up 17-0. DeWayne McBride scored on a 31-yard run the next time UAB got the ball and late in the quarter Hopkins capped a drive with a short run and the Blazers led 31-0. Matt Quinn's second field goal, a 52-yarder in the third quarter, was the only scoring in the second half. McBride had 137 yards rushing on 17 carries. The Golden Eagles (1-6, 0-3) had one turnover and nine punts. - UAB/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2023 QB Dylan HopkinsAlabama-Birmingham
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  OCT 11 C-USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: UAB DE Alex Wright set career highs in tackles (eight), tackles for loss (3.0), sacks (2.0) and forced two fumbles, one of which UAB recovered at the FAU 15-yard line as the Blazers defeated the Owls 31-14. Wright led a dominant defensive charge that held the high-powered FAU offense to just 291 total yards. Overall, UAB had eight sacks, 11 TFL and four takeaways in the Blazers' first win in their new home, Protective Stadium. - C-USA Football

(DS#999 DE) Jr/2023 DE Alex WrightAlabama-Birmingham
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  Dylan Hopkins threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for a third and Grayson Cash returned an interception 100 yards for a score to lead Alabama-Birmingham past Florida Atlantic, 31-14 in a Conference USA battle on Saturday. Hopkins threw touchdown passes top Samario Rudolph and Trea Shropshire two minutes apart in the first quarter to earn UAB a 14-0 lead, but N'Kosi Perry scored from the 1 and tossed two yards to LaJohntay Wester to bring the Owls back in the second quarter. Matt Quinn connected on a 48-yard field goal and Cash picked off a Perry pass in the final minute for the pick-six and a 24-14 UAB lead at intermission. Hopkins scored from the 5 for the only score of the second half. Hopkins was 13 of 24 for 173 yards and carried seven times for 32 to lead UAB (4-2, 2-0). Perry was 16 of 25 for 193 yards and a touchdown for Florida Atlantic (3-3, 1-1), but threw three interceptions. - UAB/AP College Football

(DS#999 SS) rSr/2022 SS Grayson CashAlabama-Birmingham
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  Dylan Hopkins threw three first-half touchdown passes, including a 65-yard bomb to Tre Shropshire to start the second quarter, and Alabama-Birmingham took a 21-0 lead, then held on to post a 28-21 win over Tulane on Saturday night. Starting just the sixth game of his career, Hopkins threw three touchdown passes for the second straight game and his 240 yards on 18-for-26 passing is a career-best.

Tulane staged a second-quarter rally to cut the deficit to 21-14 at intermission. Michael Pratt tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Will Wallace and, after UAB missed a 38-yard field goal attempt, Pratt found Duece Wats with a 13-yard scoring strike. Jerm Brown Jr.'s 9-yard TD run pushed the Blazers' lead to 28-14 in the third quarter, but the Green Wave (1-3) scored in the fourth to cut the lead to a single score when Pratt found Jaetavia Toles with a 15-yard touchdown pass. Tulane fumbled an onside kick attempt at midfield on its final play of the game. Gerrit Prince had five receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns for UAB (3-1). - UAB/AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rJr/2023 QB Dylan HopkinsAlabama-Birmingham
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  SEPT 20 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: UAB TE Gerrit Prince had three catches for a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns in UAB's 40-6 victory at North Texas. Prince had touchdown catches of 42 and 61 yards, and a third reception of 33 yards and finished the game with an average of 45.3 yards per catch. It also marked Prince's third career multi-touchdown game. He is the team's leading receiver with seven catches for 204 yards with three touchdowns and leads the nation in yards per reception, with 29.14. - Conference USA Football

(DS#32 TE) rSr/2022 TE Gerrit PrinceAlabama-Birmingham
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  SEPT 20 CONFERENCE USA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: UAB P Kyle Greenwell averaged a career-best 51.8 yards per punt on five attempts, including a career-long 73-yarder in UAB's win at North Texas. Greenwell had two punts travel over 50 yards, and downed one inside the 20. His massive punts flipped field position and helped the Blazers hold the Mean Green to just six points. - Conference USA Football

(DS#35 P) Sr/2022 P Kyle GreenwellAlabama-Birmingham
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  Dylan Hopkins threw three touchdown passes and UAB rolled to a 40-6 victory over North Texas on Saturday night in a Conference USA opener. Hopkins completed 6 of 7 passes for 202 yards with a pair of scoring throws to Gerrit Prince and a 38-yard touchdown pass to Trea Shropshire. Prince finished with three receptions for 136 yards. He caught a 42-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter, and his 61-yarder made it 24-0 early in the second. DeWayne McBride and Larry Wooden each had a 1-yard touchdown run for UAB (2-1, 1-0). DeAndre Torrey had 82 yards rushing on 24 carries for North Texas (1-2, 0-1). Jace Ruder threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Detraveon Brown early in the fourth quarter. - AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2023 QB Dylan HopkinsAlabama-Birmingham
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  Tyler Johnston III threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns, Trea Shropshire had 120 yards receiving and a score, and UAB beat Jacksonville State 31-0 on Wednesday night. Johnston reached the 300-yard mark for the fifth time in his career and Shropshire topped 100 yards for a second straight game after closing last season with 180 against Marshall. UAB opened the scoring in the second quarter with a nine-play, 97-yard drive ending in RaJae’ Johnson-Sanders’ 3-yard touchdown. Johnson-Sanders had a 46-yard reception on the drive and Ryan Davis added a 30-yarder.

Grayson Cash blocked and recovered a Jacksonville State punt with 2:37 left before halftime, leading to a 37-yard field goal by Matt Quinn. UAB scored on its first possession of the second half when Gerrit Prince caught a 23-yard pass in the corner of the end zone. Jermaine Brown Jr. rushed for 70 yards and a score for UAB (1-0). Johnston completed 17 of 21 passes. Zerrick Cooper was 17-of-34 passing for 89 yards for Jacksonville State (0-1), which won the Ohio Valley Conference last season and reached the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. - AP College Football


(DS#39 QB) rSr/2022 QB Tyler Johnston IIIAlabama-Birmingham
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  DeWayne McBride doesn't have the same reaction to his nickname as everyone else. The petrifying villain from the 1995 film Friday usually comes to mind when hearing the name Debo, but for McBride, it's a nickname he shares with his father, DeWayne McBride Sr. Despite the contrasting origins, the younger McBride embodies the intimidating and daunting air of Tommy Lister Jr.'s movie character in his bruising and elegant running style for the UAB football team. The Blazers have hit the midway point of fall camp, two weeks from the season opener against Jacksonville State at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, and McBride is prepared to lead UAB's vaunted rushing attack into the 2021 season following the departure of the program's all-time leading rusher. "Obviously, if you watched him last year, you saw how explosive he was and how he finishes runs," UAB head coach Bill Clark said. "High expectations for him and that's what we've heard this whole offseason. He's got high expectations for himself. I think he's been working really hard on pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield."

Moving on from Spencer Brown was never going to be easy but Jermaine Brown Jr. was able to provide a glimpse in 2019 and McBride staked his claim for a high-usage role last season. While not on the field the first two games against Central Arkansas and Miami, McBride worked his way into the primary rotation quickly -- playing six of the final seven games -- with the aid of the elder Brown himself. "When I got here, he was a leader to me," McBride said. "I didn't know the plays and he helped me by staying on me every day and trying to get me right. He was a good leader." - Birmingham Post Herald


(DS#40 RB) So/2024 RB Dewayne McBrideAlabama-Birmingham
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  Antonio Moultrie is a dude. The redshirt junior was unrecognizable as UAB opened fall practice Tuesday, shedding more than 20 pounds of weight and sporting a freshly toned physique that accentuated his lean and imposing frame. He was also missing from the defensive line rotation and working at outside linebacker with the Blazers' elite pass-rushing unit. "It's different but at the same time pretty much the same," Moultrie said. "At the end of the day, it's just football. You go after the ball and make a play, you play your assignment and put in a good team effort."

A consistent force as an interior defensive lineman the last two seasons, Moultrie started 10 games in 27 appearances while amassing 55 tackles (2.5 for loss), four pass breakups and an interception. He was also an All-C-USA second-team pick last year while helping lead UAB to another top 10 defensive ranking. Moultrie was officially at 290 pounds at the conclusion of the 2020 season and is currently listed at 265 pounds, a stark physical contrast considering his 6-4 physique. "That's probably a more comfortable weight for him and that's what we try to do," UAB head coach Bill Clark said. "We let guys be in a weight that fits them. That outside linebacker, it's a little bit leaner, and he's got a lot of versatility and can do a lot of different things." - Birmingham Post Herald


(DS#98 DE) rSr/2022 DE Antonio MoultrieAlabama-Birmingham
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