The UAB Blazers football program held its first team meeting and workout since being reinstated back in June, just six months after the university announced that the football program would be discontinued. Drew Champlin of AL.com reported the exciting news.
Head coach Bill Clark told Champlin that about 33 players, 13 of which were on scholarship, attended a team meeting on Sunday and that most came in for a conditioning workout the next day. Sure enough, Clark was quite excited.
“I thought it was great,” Clark said. “We talked about that this is historical. When you talk about the history of college football, this has never happened before, the manner in which we brought it back.
“I like talking to them about who they’re playing for, their family, obviously themselves, their community and their brothers that are there with them at their school. From this point of history, I wanted to get them a sense of that, what they’re doing and what they’re starting.”
“The guys that are here should be some of the best trained and some of the best guys in the weight room technically,” Clark said.
“That’s one of those things for me where it never ends. We’re constantly working and trying to get better. One of the constant points for us will be the nutrition and rest. We talk about making athletes. There was a lot of movement today. They were in the weight room. We’re in the stage of, ‘Where are we physically?'”
Several players took to Twitter as well, and it’s clear that this team could very well raise the bar in terms of team chemistry.
Great first day of training today with my UAB Football family! Mark my words this group is something special!!!
— Nick Vogel (@NickVogel5) August 24, 2015
— Tommy Chandler (@CoachTChandler) August 24, 2015
Prior to the program being shut down and then brought back again, UAB had gone 6-6 (4-4 C-USA) in its lone season under Clark, the team’s best season since going 7-5 (5-3 C-USA) under Watson Brown in 2004. UAB football officially returns to game action in 2017.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports