Scouting C-USA: 'Bama-Birmingham

"The little program that could" is quite easily the best way to describe the UAB Blazers when looking at it from a scouting point of view. This program has put plenty of talent into the NFL. Even prior to the pair of Blazers drafted in the top-45 last April UAB's reputation had been growing, in a positive direction, amongst those in the scouting circle.


They may be hard-pressed to match recent successes in April '03 as most of the talent has graduated and their replacements, both senior and underclassmen, are untested. Willie Quinnie is a nice sized receiver known for stretching the defense and making a lot of plays down the field. Quinnie flashes abilities but must become more involved in the offense and take his game to the next level if he wants to break into the middle or even late frames. Likewise, safety Chris Brown has more than adequate size and brains for the position, constantly getting involved in the action and to make positive plays. On film Brown is neither explosive or fast, and pre-draft 40-times will dictate much for him. A pair of defensive linemen have some big shoes to fill and if either end Hassan McKeithan or tackle James Malone can transfer the occasional flashes they've shown as back-ups in the past into consistency as starters this season they will get later round consideration.



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