Post Game Wrap-up UAB vs. FAU
On Thursday night UAB played the FAU Owls in the season opener for both teams. To be frank, I was a little disappointed. We had a commanding 28-12 lead in the third quarter that we blew to lose 32-31. Anyone that was at the game will know what I mean, but for the ones that couldn’t make it I’ll explain my frustrations to you.
Head Coach Neil Calloway and Quarterback David Isabelle said that they could not blame anyone for the loss; they will take the loss as a team. Well I can. I blame the wide receivers and the play calling. There were only 19 pass plays in the entire game. Only 9 were caught. The wide receivers only caught 4 of those 9. The running backs caught the other 5. Wait, let me make that clear. The RUNNING BACKS caught more than the wide receivers. Not only did they catch more, but Justin Brooks (who is a running back) had more receiving yards with 19 yards than Mike Jones (who is a wide receiver) who led the wide receivers with 17 yards. Now many will look at this stat and say, oh Isabelle just threw it more to the running backs. No, he did not. Our wide receivers can’t catch. Now our quarterback isn’t the best at throwing, but many of his passes were definitely catchable. The pick six in the third quarter was because the wide receiver tipped a relatively easy pass to catch. Another thing, why do we only try 19 passes?
Sure we are better at running, but you can’t run it the entire game. FAU proved that to us. Put some more trust in Isabelle. Don’t let the pass play be a last resort. I trust Isabelle. However, I don’t trust the wide receivers yet. So I suggest that we hold open try-outs for the wide receiver position. Anything to get someone who can catch.
Receiving Stats: Justin Brooks (RB – 2 catches for 19 yards)
Mike Jones (WR – 2 catches for 17 yards)
Daniel Borne (RB – 1 catch for 15 yards)
Pat Shed (RB – 2 catches for 14 yards)
Frantrell Forrest (WR – 1 catch for 10 yards)
Jackie Williams (WR – 1 catch for 4 yards)
Now the running game was very impressive. Let me rephrase. David Isabelle was very impressive. He had 214 yards on 22 attempts which is a UAB and Conference USA single-game record for a quarterback. He had 3 touchdowns and single handedly kept us in the game. He needs to work on passing though. If our wide receivers are really as bad as they looked then Isabelle needs to be perfect to help them out. But he is not perfect. Not even close. I don’t believe that our receivers are that bad. I think that it was a combination of semi-poor passing and poor coaching.
Now I don’t want to take anything away from Isabelle. He looks like he can be a great leader for the team. He stepped up when they needed him in the fourth quarter. He just needs his teammates to help him out. He can’t do it on his own. He is no Joe Webb yet. The running backs did well too. Pat Shed led the rushing with 68 yards on 10 attempts. We should have no problem with our rush yards this year.
Rushing Stats: David Isabelle (QB – 22 runs for 214 yards)
Pat Shed (RB – 10 runs for 68 yards)
Justin Brooks (RB – 8 runs for 31 yards)
Daniel Borne (RB – 3 runs for 18 yards)
Jackie Williams (WR – 1 run for 13 yard
Defense. Man they gave me hope at the beginning of the game. FAU was kept to only 33 yards of offense (-8 yards rushing) in the first quarter. They put on a clinic in the first half. They could show a tortilla how to wrap up. Then they came out in the second half flat. They bounced off of players and tried to just hit instead of tackle.
Our next game opens our conference play at SMU on Saturday, September 11 at 7 P.M. Let’s hope we can learn from our mistakes and beat SMU.
So what’s everyone think? A fair recap? Too critical? Or is time for change? Do we need some one new at the helm of our Football program. I can’t say too much but many powerful people at UAB read this site. Post what you think. They’re watching. GB! -CJ
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