UAB Blazers football

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UAB Blazers football is the intercollegiate men's football program for the UAB Blazers athletics department. The Blazers began competing Division III of the NCAA in 1991. Jim Hilyer was the first head coach, from 1991-1994. Watson Brown took over as head coach in 1995 and oversaw the team's advancement into Division I-A in 1996, and its membership in Conference USA in 1999.

In 2000, UAB achieved a monumental victory by beating Nick Saban's LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge. In 2004, UAB earned their first bowl trip, losing to the University of Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl.

UAB plays its home football games at Legion Field. A proposal to build an on-campus football stadium was rejected by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees in 2011. Through its marketing department, the team has sought to establish the University of Memphis as its primary on-field rival, creating the "Battle for the Bones" trophy for the winner of the annual match-up.

Following the 3-9 2006 season, Watson Brown resigned to take the head coaching job at Tennessee Tech, in his home town. The search for a replacement focused first on Louisiana State University assistant Jimbo Fisher, but the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees rejected the proposed contract amount. Georgia offensive coordinator Neil Callaway was named head coach on December 17, 2006.

UAB Football Coaches
Coach Years Wins-Losses
Jim Hilyer 1991-1994 27-12-2 (.692)
Watson Brown 1995-2006 62-74 (.456)
Neil Callaway 2007- 2011 18-42 (.300)
Garrick McGee 2011- 0-0 (1.000)
Overall 107-128-2 (.456)

NFL players

  • Jake Arians, kicker, Buffalo Bills (2001)
  • Kyle Bissinger, linebacker, New England Patriots (2007)
  • Rodregis Brooks, cornerback, Indianapolis Colts (2001)
  • Chris Brown, cornerback, Jacksonville Jaguars (2003)
  • Pernell Davis, defensive tackle, Philadelphia Eagles (1999)
  • Josh Evans, defensive tackle, Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans (1995-2001), New York Jets (2002-4)
  • Carl Fair, running back, Cleveland Browns (2001)
  • Eddie Freeman, defensive end/tackle, Kansas City Chiefs (2002-3)
  • Darrell Hackney, quarterback, Cleveland Browns (2006), Denver Broncos (2007–)
  • Otis Leverette, defensive end, Washington Redskins (2001-2), San Diego Chargers (2003), San Francisco 49ers (2004)
  • Izell Reese, cornerback/safety, Dallas Cowboys (1998-2001), Denver Broncos (2002), Buffalo Bills (2003-4)
  • Dainon Sydney, cornerback, Tennessee Titans (1998-2002), Buffalo Bills (2003)
  • Joe Webb, quarterback/wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings (2010–)
  • Bryan Thomas, defensive end, New York Jets (2002-)
  • Corey White, running back, Green Bay Packers (2007)
  • Roddy White, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons (2005-)
  • Julius Wilson, offensive tackle, Miami Dolphins (2007-)
  • Zac Woodfin, linebacker, Baltimore Ravens (2005-)


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