Next Up: UAB

The Ohio State defense was gashed a bit by Cal, so this week marks a brilliant opportunity for the Silver Bullets to get healthy.

UAB (0-2) comes to the Shoe Saturday having failed to score a touchdown their last time out, a 49-6 loss to South Carolina. (“This was one of the closest 49-6 games I have ever been around,” Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said afterward.)

The Blazers are 85th nationally in total offense and 108th in scoring offense.

When they are moving the ball, it is usually through the air. They are passing for 283 yards a contest. Jackie Williams has caught a pass in ever one of the 25 collegiate games he’s played in, and has 11 receptions in the team’s two games this season. Used just as frequently is Patrick Hearn.

At quarterback is Jonathan Perry, whose career touchdown to interception ratio is 12:9, and he’s not getting much help from his offensive line. The Blazers had to replace four of their five starters up front, their center John Hix hurt his shoulder against South Carolina, and they’re allowing an average of 4 sacks a game.

The inexperienced line is a big reason UAB has struggled to run the ball.

Defensively, the Blazers did a job keeping South Carolina, all-SEC running back Marcus Lattimore in check in their most recent loss, but they are also giving up 477 yards and 44 points a game.

They have one linebacker, Greg Irvin, who once recovered four fumbles…in one afternoon (vs. East Carolina 9/24/11). Marvin Burdette is a solid MLB.

Freshman defensive lineman Chris Rabb is coming off a 2-sack performance.

Finally, on their last trip, UAB traveled with six corners..and only one was a non-freshman.

The Blazers are playing for first-year coach Garrick McGee.

Hat tip to the Birmingham News.


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