QB Darrell Hackney

2003 Statistics

Coach: Watson Brown
47-54, 9 years
2003 Record: 5-7
at Baylor WON 24-19
at South Carolina LOST 10-42
at Memphis WON 24-10
at TCU LOST 24-27
at Georgia LOST 13-16
at South Florida WON 22-19
at Houston LOST 28-56

2003 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2004 Outlook

UAB is poised for a banner season. Though Conference-USA is loaded, with the likes of Memphis, TCU, Louisville and Southern Mississippi all receiving high marks this pre-season, the Blazers will sneak up on many of them and should shake up the conference standings. This team showed flashes of brilliance, nearly upsetting Georgia, Southern Miss and TCU. A late mistake cost the team each of the losses, and in the fourth quarter of those games, it seemed as if something was missing. Moxie, experience, confidence maybe? With twenty starters returning from that 2003 squad, including the likes of Hackney, Roddy White, Arbams and Woofin, that won't be problem anymore. Battle scars will turn those character-building experiences into an increase in victories.

Head coach Watson Brown is sitting on a real offensive powerhouse. The man who took them into I-A competition nine years ago still has some ideas and recruiting prowess. His tenure has proven to be only a 47-54 guy, and a losing season (5-7 in '03) always has the critics nay-saying any head coach. His league peers have UAB coming in sixth - a pretty good prediction, we must say.

Legion Field is only an advantage in two tilts (TCU 10/15 and Houston 11/13), with five toughies away from their forest green-old gold home. They match up well against TCU and Tulane, but Southern Miss has the stuff to beat them. Intriguing is the matchup with Mississippi State in early October. With phenom Omarr Conner, we'll see if this secondary is up to the tasks at hand. Finishing over .500 is realistic. But measure UAB with a two-year outlook, for they will be back and badder in 2005.

Projected 2004 record: 7-4
DT Shamar Abrams
QB - 3.5 DL - 3
RB - 2.5 LB - 4
WR - 3.5 DB - 3
OL - 2 ..

Passing: Darrell Hackney, 209-106-6, 1659 yds., 9 TD

Rushing: Trey Chaney, 136 att., 479 yds., 2 TD

Receiving: Roddy White, 39 rec., 844 yds., 7 TD

Scoring: Nick Hayes, 17-20 FG, 26-27 PAT, 77 pts.

Punting: Parker Mullins, 72 punts, 41.1 avg.

Kicking: Nick Hayes, 17-20 FG, 26-27 PAT, 77 pts.

Tackles: Zac Woodfin, 149 tot., 99 solo

Sacks: Jermaine McElveen, 6 sacks

Interceptions: Justin Whitmore, 3 for 29 yds.

Kickoff returns: Jason Southall, 22 ret., 20.0 avg., 0 TD

Punt returns: Lance Rhodes, 18 ret., 7.7 avg., 0 TD


OFFENSE: Wilbert Hamilton-OT, Larry Coachman-OG, Artavious Williams-OT
DEFENSE: Chris Mason-DE, Warren Butler-CB

Junior Darrell Hackney is a savvy, two-year starter who has progressed into a top signal caller in the conference. His athleticism makes him versatile, and his arm makes him potent. His was on pace for a 2,800-yard season before being injured in the seventh game last year. Hackney is a true leader, and his guidance will prove valuable. One weakness is that his lack of timely TD throws cost the team wins (TCU, Southern Mississippi losses). The up side of Hackney's mid-season injury is that sophomores Curtis Falany and Chris Williams now have extensive game experience. The two combined for almost 900 yards and six touchdowns as replacements. All-American JUCO-transfer Chad Willmott led his team to the NJCAA title, and will challenge for whatever role he is tapped.

Running Back
The Blazers need more production here, and should get it from sophomores Corey White, Bo Moncur and Dan Burks, both of whom missed much of '03 due to injury. A known local, White is a big-bodied back who eagerly punishes opposing defenses. He came on strong late, finishing with 120-yard plus performances against Tulane and Houston. He is an asset in short yardage situations, but lacks breakaway speed. Moncur fits that bill better. He and Burks are quicker, more agile runners, but too are over 200. The drop-off then (for their one-back sets) makes us feel that if these guys falter, defenses then can not be kept honest.

Roddy White is a potential star. The rangy senior has great athletic ability, and is a big-play threat every time he touches the ball. He totaled four 100-yard games last season, but defenses looking to stop him with double teams have to contend with the rest of this deep corps. He and Hackney will be the premier pass-catch duo in the conference. Speedy Nick Coon is a fine deep threat who, too, can go deep and burn if ignored. His (and White's) talents allow the others to roam free over the middle. The multiple-receiver sets UAB employs give many receivers a chance to shine, rotating the entire depth chart for optimal effect.

Tight end Cedric Hampton is a sound blocker and will see the ball at critical times. With five players who totaled ten catches or more returning, he will again slip into deep pockets undetected.

Offensive Line
With three key starters having to be replaced, this is Blazers' biggest concern offensively. Senior guard Andy Galloway is mobile and smart, and will be the anchor. He and junior center Matt Batusic will be asked to lead by example and help mold the inexperience around them. Redshirt freshman Jamarius Diamuke has great size for the tackle position and has remarkable potential. His anticipated quick progression will be key to the line's success. Size and speed offset the lack of experience, but expect this unit to take a step down initially, but could rebound if the running game can keep opposing linemen guessing the play call. Any offensive transparency will spell the end of those things good on this side of the ball.

The unit will revolve around, and focus on, Hackney. With such talent at receiver in this open set, look for the Blazers to continue spreading the field, but this year they will pass more often. With eight upperclassmen starters and legitimate stars at the quarterback and receiver positions, this offense has the potential to be very potent. Accordingly, UAB needs to use the pass to open the run. The ground attack has to earn more than 11 TDs and make their third-down conversion rate respectable before teams will leave those receivers in simpler coverages. Like many teams with a weaker line, the Blazers ability to roll Hackney out (and then for him to successfully find a target) will go a long way toward overcoming their woes.


WR Roddy White


Returning Starters in bold
QB Darrell Hackney-Jr (6-2, 235) Curtis Falany-So (6-2, 205)
Chris Williams-So (5-11, 195)
RB Corey White-So (6-2, 225) Bo Moncur-So (6-0, 210)
Trey Chaney-So (5-8, 190)
WR Roddy White-Sr (6-3, 205) Nick Coon-So (6-2, 190)
WR Reggie Lindsey-Jr (5-10, 185) Jason Southall-Sr (5-10, 180)
Marculus Elliott-So (5-9, 190)
WR Bradly Chavez-Sr (6-0, 195) Lance Rhodes-Jr (5-10, 185)
Norris Drinkard-So (5-11, 185)
H Sam Dudley-Sr (6-3, 265) David Sigler-Fr (6-3, 205)
TE Cedric Hampton-Jr (6-3, 275) Chico Cleveland-Sr (6-2, 230)
Sam Dudley-Sr (6-3, 265)
OT Cornelius Rogers-So (6-4, 320) Emilio Thompson-So (6-7, 330)
OG Andy Galloway-Sr (6-5, 310) Tommie Keyes-Jr (6-3, 305)
C Matt Batusic-Jr (6-3, 295) Rodney Outlaw-Jr (6-2, 300)
OG Marcel Binion-Sr (6-4, 320) Adam Truitt-Fr (6-4, 295)
OT Jamarius Dismuke-Fr (6-5, 320) Paul Linsky-Jr (6-4, 300)
K Nick Hayes-Sr (6-1, 180) Parker Mullins-So (5-11, 180)



Defensive Line
Senior Shamar Abrams will lead an active front line that is full of talent. An imposing force in the middle, Abrams plays with both great agility and strength. With Abrams demanding attention along the interior, look for end Jermaine McElveen to build on a strong freshman campaign that earned him freshman all-American honors. He is a pure speed rusher and has a rangy frame, built for rushing the pass. As a boon, East Tennessee State-transfer Tony Haynes-Dalton is expected to shine so this crew doesn't skip a beat. This is an improved unit, which makes the rest of the defense able to focus on specialized tasks instead of run-stopping support. Something will be done about letting foes get 4.4 per ground try.

The Blazers feature a linebacker trio as talented as any in the league. Three senior starters (who combined for 342 tackles) return, as well a few veteran reserves. The star, Zac Woofin, is a first-team all-conference selection and the nation's number-two returning tackler. Simply put, he produces. Nigel Eldridge and Gaylon Black will flank, Woofin. Any of UAB's three have the strength to thrive in run defense, but enough versatility to avoid being one-dimensional. This unit will set the tone for the Blazers' defensive efforts, thriving even more with such a solid line.

Defensive Back
Seniors Bobby Keyes and Carlos Hendricks both play as solid as they do smart. The proven corners are feisty defenders, able to tackle and pass-defend equally strong, too. Fellow senior Dio Hill was a major player in the secondary before injury. Now healthy, he should regain that form. The safety position features three juniors, but is not as strong as their corners. Their lineup will likely shuffle throughout the year. This squad was in the top third for pass defense in '03, and we see no reason, especially with such a strong front-seven, that this trend will change.

From the front line, to the defensive secondary, things look good. Talent is abundant, experience is plentiful, depth is sound; big things should be in store. The key is the play of the defensive front. When they improve, thus allowing the linebackers more freedom and the secondary to be more aggressive, this defense will reach its lofty potential. The first place this crew cam start is with their horrid TO-margin (86th in all I-A) and in allowing foes a 40% third-down conversion rate.


LB Zac Woodfin


Returning Starters in bold
DE Jermaine McElveen-So (6-5, 245) Kyle Bissinger-So (6-3, 255)
DT Shamar Abrams-Sr (6-1, 320) Clarence Respress-So (6-1, 305)
NT Sam Williamson-Jr (6-5, 295) Ernest Respress-Jr (6-5, 300)
DE Tony Haynes-Dalton-So (6-4, 285) David Miller-So (6-3, 265)
SLB Gaylon Black-Sr (6-2, 235) Darrius Taylor-Sr (6-0, 235)
MLB Nigel Eldridge-Sr (6-2, 235) DeMarcus Rodgers-Sr (6-1, 235)
WLB Zac Woodfin-Sr (6-2, 240) Marcus Mark-Fr (6-2, 225)
CB Bobby Keyes-Sr (6-0, 185) Jhun Cook-Jr (5-10, 190)
CB Carlos Hendricks-Sr (5-10, 190) Durrell Fuqua-Fr (5-11, 175)
SS Dominique Cosper-Jr (5-11, 190) Brandon Register-So (5-11, 185)
FS Justin Whitmore-Jr (6-0, 180) Julius Wainwright-Jr (6-2, 190)
P Parker Mullins-So (5-11, 180) Bradly Chavez-Sr (6-0, 195)




Nick Hayes could win this team football games. The Lou Groza Award candidate is 44-of-57 for his career, and has proved to be a clutch performer (6-of-7 past the 40 in '03). Parker Mullins hits one-in-three of his punts either inside the 20 or fair caught. Net results will improve with the defensive depth now available. Numerous options will be considered to improve their dismal return game(s). Rhodes, Hendricks and Lindsey, along with receiver Jason Southall and corner Jhun Cook are being considered.