Georgia gets ready for UAB

ATHENS - Quarterback Darrell Hackney has been UAB football for the first seven games of the season.

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 leader 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 quarterback."

UAB coach Watson Brown does, though.

"It's going to take more than Chris," he said. "It might take all 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 probably the MVP of our team," linebacker Zac Woodfin said. "He's what makes this team win ball games, so it's going to hurt, but then again we've got to keep going."

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 No. 4 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 people off in an underdog role," he said. "I've seen just a little bit of their tape, and they've got good athletes who run well and play hard."

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