Jacksonville State Uab Prediction: That being said, this is a very dangerous Gamecock team that has demonstrated during the FCS spring session that it possesses the firepower and talent to do more than simply win this match.
After making the playoffs in 2021, it returns with one of the strongest run defenses in the FCS, one of the most dangerous passing assaults, and a defense that is capable of bringing the pass rush and doing a fantastic job of ripping the ball away from the opponent.
There’s a lot of potential here. Josh Samuel and Uraih West provide a strong ground game, while Zerrick Cooper is a brilliant quarterback when healthy – and Zion Webb can step in when necessary. DJ Coleman is a high-end edge rusher who will receive a lot of attention from the NFL.
Starting with the first game, UAB must be on its game.
Despite the fact that there is only one battle on the schedule for Wednesday, it has such a rich historical context and a tangle of storylines that it feels more like we are getting ready for a new thriller film than a C-USA/FCS showdown.
Bill Clark and John Grass will meet for the first time as head coaches on opposite sides of the field this season, but their friendship dates back to 1987 when they worked together as assistants for Ragan Clark, Bill’s father, at Ashville High School in North Carolina.
They both attended and graduated from Jacksonville State together, and in 2007, they faced off in the Alabama 6A state championship game, in which Bill Clark’s squad won 14-0 under the direction of Bill Clark.
The next year, Clark was named head coach at JSU, and he brought Grass with him to serve as offensive coordinator. When Clark resigned to become the head coach at UAB after an 11-4 inaugural season in which they lost in the FCS playoff quarterfinals, Grass was hired as the head coach at Jacksonville State, replacing Clark.
Can Grass and his Gamecocks keep up with Clark’s Blazers and their aggressive run game in the teams’ first encounter since 2005, with both teams coming off impressive seasons — UAB as reigning C-USA champions and JSU finishing just short of the FCS Playoffs — and their aggressive run game?
However, even though the Blazers lost all-time running leader Spencer Brown to the NFL, I don’t see their ground game taking a step backward. DeWayne McBride and Jermaine Brown Jr. will share the carries in the backfield, according to the team.
As a freshman in 2020, McBride rushed for an average of 9.3 yards per carrying on 47 attempts, finishing with 439 running yards and four touchdowns. 63 carries for 250 yards and a touchdown resulted in Brown accumulating 32 receiving yards on eight catches for another touchdown.
The Blazers’ quarterback Tyler Johnston III is back in the lineup. With only one interception in five outings last season, Johnston completed 58.8 percent of his throws for 843 yards and seven touchdowns with only one interception. He had an 8.7 yard average per throw attempt, which would have placed him second in the Conference USA if he had played enough games to qualify.
UAB’s top two receivers from last season — Austin Watkins and Myron Mitchell — are no longer on the team, leaving Trea Shropshire as the team’s leading returner in receiving yardage (310). During the season, Shropshire caught 14 passes for a total of 221 yards per reception, including two scores. In terms of catches, Hayden Pittman, a tight end, leads the way among returning players (19).
It is expected that UAB will maintain its powerful and balanced attack from the previous season, which averaged 200.0 running yards per game, 201.3 passing yards per game, and 28.4 total points per game.