Know thy foe: UAB

Tight end Kennard Backman is one of six starters back for the Blazers on offense. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Tight end Kennard Backman is one of six starters back for the Blazers on offense. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Game day: Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. at Davis Wade Stadium (61,337) on FSN.

Series: MSU leads the series 4-1 including a 2-1 record in Starkville.

Last meeting: MSU won 21-3 in 2011 in Birmingham, Ala.

Head coach: Bill Clark, first season at UAB. 11-4 in one year overall as a head coach

2013 Record: 2-10

L at Troy (OT) 31-34

L at LSU 17-56

W NORTHWESTERN STATE 52-28

L at Vanderbilt 24-52

L FAU 23-37

W at FIU 27-24

L at UTSA 31-52

L MIDDLE TENNESSEE 21-24

L at Marshall 14-56

L at East Carolina 14-63

L RICE (OT) 34-37

L SOUTHERN MISS 27-62

Returning starters:

Offense (6)

WR Jamarcus Nelson, 5-11, 160, Sr., 42 catches, 846 yards, 8 TD

WR Jamari Staples, 6-4, 190, So., 31 catches, 458 yards, 4 TD

TE Kennard Backman, 6-3, 258, Sr., 28 catches, 302 yards, 2 TD

RG Roscoe Byrd, 6-3, 319, Jr.

LG Brian O’Leary, 6-2, 290, Sr.

LT Victor Salako, 6-6, 315, So.

Defense (3)

DE Diaheem Watkins, 6-4, 258, Sr., 37 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks

LB Jake Ganus, 6-2, 215, Jr., 93 tackles, 8 TFL, 1 INT, 1 FF

CB Kelton Brackett, 5-11, 186, Jr., 31 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 INT, 1 FF

Special Teams (2)

K Ty Long, 6-2, 205, Sr., 16-24, long 50

P Hunter Mullins, 6-3, 195, Sr., 51 punts, 2,200 yards, 43.1 avg, long 63

Former MSU coach:

Assistant head coach/ running backs Jody Wright

2014 Schedule:

Aug. 30TROY

Sept. 6 at Mississippi State

Sept. 13 ALABAMA A&M

Sept. 27 FIU

Oct. 4 at Western Kentucky

Oct. 11 NORTH TEXAS

Oct. 18 at Middle Tennessee

Oct. 25 at Arkansas

Nov. 1 at FAU

Nov. 8 LOUISIANA TECH

Nov. 22 MARSHALL

Nov. 29 at Southern Miss

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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