The Bowl game market for a 6-6 Conference USA team may never be higher.
A day after UAB announced they will shut down their football program a source close to the program says there’s still a chance that the Blazers could play in a Bowl game. They finished the season at 6-6. That decision should be made by their administration sometime this weekend.
UAB has a handful of potential Power Five transfers. They have to be officially released just as if they are asking for a transfer. That will happen to the entire roster as soon as they learn their Bowl fate. If they do play in a post-season game then the official releases will be granted then. They will not have to sit out a season and will be immediately eligible.
A ton of credit has to be given to UAB coach Bill Clark, as he and his staff did a great job getting this team to a .500 record. There’s talent but not as much as you would think after the season they had.
Here are five players to keep an eye on that could transfer and make a strong impact at a Power Five school.
Running back Jordan Howard is their best player. He’s a 6-foot-1, 228-pounder from Gardendale (Ala.). Some SEC programs have already discreetly poked around regarding Howard. He’s SEC good and there could be a fight to land him once he’s officially on the market. Only a sophomore, Howard rushed for 1,643 yards and 13 touchdowns (5.2 yards/carry).
Another sophomore to keep an eye on is wide receiver Jamari Staples from Lineville (Ala.) Central. He’s 6-foot-4, 190-pounds. This season he caught nine passes in nine games for 190 yards and a touchdown. Louisville offensive coordinator Garrick McGee was the previous head coach at UAB that recruited Staples. So there’s certainly a connection there between Staples and the Cardinals.
Quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound drop back passer. This red-shirt freshman appeared in six games. He was 17/47 for 361 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. Briscoe would have to find the right situation in a pro-style system. He's from Houston (Texas) Stratford.
Left tackle Victor Salako is a 6-foot-6, 315-pound sophomore from Huntsville (Ala.) Grissom. He red-shirted as a freshman and saw extensive playing time this year. He’s a definite D1 guy.
Sophomore wide receiver Josh Magee is another D1 player but due to an illness in his family he could stay closer to home and land at a place like Samford. He’s from Hoover (Ala.).