Originally written on College Football Universe  |  Last updated 11/17/14
No. 105 UAB Blazers (3-9) Coach Garrick McGee (second year, 3-9 at UAB and overall)Returning Starters: 14, 5 offense, 7 defense, 2 special teamsRecruiting Rank: 99 Garrick McGee knows offense, but UAB’s defense was one of the worst in the country last year, ranking 114th in scoring defense at nearly 38 points per game. In order for the Blazers to produce their first winning season since 2004, improving on that side of the ball is a must. The Blazers haven’t beaten East Division favorite East Carolina since 2006 and this year’s Nov. 16 game in Greenville will be a big measuring stick for McGee’s program. The Blazers are coming off their second straight 3-9 season, but there are reasons for optimism.  Sophomore quarterback Austin Brown should improve in his second year. He threw for 2,673 yards and 15 touchdowns with 12 interceptions last season. He’ll face some competition from JuCo transfer Jeremiah Briscoe. Junior running back Darrin Reaves is back after a 1,000-yard rushing seas...
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