UAB will be shorthanded Thursday for its game against Miami.
Blazers head coach Bill Clark told Christian Chambers of WBRC Fox6 on Wednesday as his team departed Birmingham that they will be without multiple players due to positive COVID-19 tests.
“We got a couple of guys that won’t be going with us this time, but other than that we did great. We have still done really well,” Clark said.
Clark didn’t reveal which players aren’t traveling although he did share with Chambers that none of his starters tested positive.
“We’re testing now three times a week ourself and then we are testing when we get there for the ACC,” Clark said. “Like I said before, we’re testing more probably than anybody in the country right now, but you know extra safe, extra cautious. We’ll have masks on when on the bus and on the plane. So we’re doing everything we can.”
@UAB_FB is off to Miami! Blazers had a couple of players test positive for COVID-19 after their most recent testing, but none were starters. Coach Clark says they will test again once in Miami. @WBRCnews #UAB #UABvsMiami pic.twitter.com/X0vkjpsVFy
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UAB opened its season last week with a 45-35 win over Central Arkansas. Spencer Brown ran for 127 yards and a touchdown in the win while Austin Watkins, who is related to Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver and former Clemson star Sammy Watkins, caught seven passes for 72 yards.
Tyler Johnston III started at quarterback for the Blazers, but was pulled at one point in favor of Bryson Lucero. Johnston III, who Pro Football Focus ranked as the No. 32 starting quarterback in the FBS heading into the season, completed 17 of his 25 pass attempts for 143 yards with two touchdowns to go against an interception. Lucero on the other hand threw for 83 yards and a score.
Defensively, UAB was led by edge rusher Jordan Smith, who had nine quarterback pressures in the first game of his senior season. The Blazers also got production out of fellow pass rusher Alex Wright and linebacker Khristopher Moll, who made eight stops against Central Arkansas.
Miami and UAB are set to kickoff at 8 p.m. ET from Hard Rock Stadium. The game will be televised by the ACC Network. The Hurricanes are currently 14-point favorites over the Blazers according to William Hill Sportsbook.
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