He has accounted for 70 percent of their offense this season and had them in position to upset undefeated TCU last week until he suffered a season-ending thumb injury.
Now, he'll have to settle for being the team's biggest cheerleader.
"I am going to have to be the biggest motivator, inspirational
that I can for this team," Hackney said.
Redshirt freshman Chris Williams, who has thrown 13 collegiate passes,
will take Hackney's place when the Blazers (3-4) play No. 4 Georgia on
Saturday at 1 p.m. in Sanford Stadium.
"It's very important for me to
work with him," Hackney said, "but I feel his confidence level is
already up. I feel no different with him at quarterback than with me at
UAB coach Watson Brown does, though.
"It's going to take more than Chris," he said. "It might
three quarterbacks. When it happens right there, on the spot, it's
tough. Darrell is our guy and has been our guy. He's been our main
leader and it was an ugly blow."
Williams is 4 of 13 with no touchdowns and one interception.
"It's going to hurt a lot not to have (Hackney) because he's
the MVP of our team," linebacker Zac Woodfin said. "He's what makes
team win ball games, so it's going to hurt, but then again we've got to
Georgia expects UAB to go more to the ground this week, defensive line
coach Rodney Garner, said.
"With the quarterback situation, you have to think it's going to be
more run-oriented," he said.
But the Blazers haven't had much success on the ground. They are
averaging 101.3 yards per game, and their leading rusher, Bo Moncur, has
just 284 yards this season.
Saturday's game will be the first meeting between UAB and Georgia.
The Blazers have already played one SEC team this season, losing 42-10
to South Carolina.
"We're going to go into this game just looking at it like it is
another game," offensive lineman Andy Galloway said. "They are the
team in the country and we're just going to have to be ready to play
ball. We're not going to back down from anybody, and we're just ready to
go play them as hard as we can."
Georgia coach Mark Richt pointed out early this week that the Blazers
snuck up on LSU in 2000, beating the Tigers 13-10.
"They have done extremely well over the last few years knocking
off in an underdog role," he said. "I've seen just a little bit of
tape, and they've got good athletes who run well and play hard."
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