@Johnny U Here's the problem with Black QB's! They are usually the best athlete on there high school team. So they drop back to pass the pocket breaks down and the first thing they do is run. This is the beginning of them forming bad habits.When they run usually good things happen for their team,so their high school coach doesn't care as long as their winning.Most white QB's aren't the best athlete on the team and when the pocket breaks down the white QB is force to use his mind and slide in the pocket and find the open man. Then most of the Black QB's go to college and bring their bad habits with them thus never developing their potential. I am a Ram fan and I can tell you Steve Young was the same way. The best thing that happened to him was going to the 49ers who I hate! But Bill Walsh was a great coach and Steve Young had to sit and learn behind Montana.But Steve still wanted to run at first when the pocket started to collapse but Bill Walsh only wanted his QB's to run as a last resort and that took Steve a little while to learn, when to hang in the pocket till the last minute and find the open receiver or when to run. So until High school coaches start to make their Black QB's run only as the last option I just don't see the Black QB developing in the same numbers as the white QB's.
Averaging 23 wins the past four seasons, and not finishing worse than third in Conference USA, the UAB Blazers have established themselves as a league contender year in and year out under Mike Davis. It is unlikely that they (or any other C-USA team for that matter) will catch Memphis this season, but the Blazers should be one of the teams battling it out for second place.
UAB will rely on their experience up front this season since they lose their starting backcourt. Cameron Moore made a huge leap as a full-time starter in his junior season, averaging 14 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, compared to the 3.1 points and 3.2 boards he averaged as a sophomore. Ovie Soko also took advantage of his starting spot last season, utilizing his athleticism as a scorer and rebounder.
The Blazers scored a great get just recently by adding former St. Joseph's center Todd O'Brien who chose to transfer to Birmingham, and becomes eligible right away since he will be a graduate student. O'Brien is a true seven-footer who led the Hawks in rebounding two seasons ago. JUCO transfer Alexander Scotland-Williamson also provides size off the bench and should compete with freshman Herb Harrison for playing time.
The backcourt is undergoing a major facelift due to the graduation of Jamarr Sanders and Aaron Johnson, and Dexter Fields' recent decision to transfer. Johnson led the nation in assists per game last season and will likely be replaced in the starting lineup by Quincy Taylor, who was a key reserve as a freshman. Freshman K.C. Whitaker is considered the best of the Blazers' freshman class even though he missed most of his senior year of high school due to a wrist injury, and will back up Taylor at the one.
The two spots on the wing are for grabs. Preston Purifoy and Robert Williams saw minutes off the bench and are the favorites to be in the starting lineup. Purifoy is a bigger guard and solid three-point shooter. Davis will need him to pick up a big chunk of the scoring slack left behind by Sanders.
UAB also picked up a late signing with the addition of JUCO transfer Jekore Lee. He is a combo guard who will likely be one of Davis' first options off the bench. Freshman Isiah Jones will also try to work himself into the rotation.
Player to Watch: Cameron Moore, F/C
The Blazer senior briefly tested the NBA Draft waters after blowing up last season but wisely decided to return for his senior season. He does have league potential but will benefit from being the guy at UAB this season. Moore has a nice inside/outside game, knows how to crash the boards, and was also one of the top shot blockers in the conference.