UAB head football coach Garrick McGee, along with junior running back Darrin Reaves, junior wide receiver J.J. Nelson, senior linebacker Patrick Bastien and senior defensive tackle Deric Scott previewed the 2013 football season at the team's annual Media Day on Saturday.
The Blazers discussed various topics, including the changing culture at UAB, McGee's second season at the helm, improvements on the defensive side of the ball and the quarterback situation, at Saturday's event.
Below are quotes from Saturday's Media Day:
Head Coach Garrick McGee
On changing the culture at UAB…
"Change is hard in any organization, especially when you're changing a culture. You have to change how a whole program thinks. It's hard to get people to change how they have been doing things. It's safe to stay the same. Change requires risk. Change requires you to trust someone. We still don't have it all figured out, but I like where our team is in regards to change."
On position changes...
"Darius Powell moved from corner to receiver. He was recruited as a receiver. We moved him to corner when we got here because we needed depth at corner. We have done really well in recruiting at that position so it gives Darius the opportunity to move back to receiver. He wants the ball in his hands and that is when he is at his best."
On the quarterbacks…
"They (Austin Brown and Jonathan Perry) are both doing a good job learning and understanding what we're doing. They are doing a good job of leading. Jonathan Perry has been impressive to me as an unselfish leader. His personality and the way he goes about his business on a daily basis has impressed me. He has emerged as a team leader and stood out to me."
On his experience managing quarterbacks…
"Any time you have done something for most of your life, you are confident in yourself and your ability to manage certain situations. When I came in, I didn't know how to be a head coach, but I knew how to handle quarterbacks. That's not going to be our issue."
COURTESY: UAB Media Relations
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