Rice football head coach Mike Bloomgren addressed the media on Tuesday, highlighting the Owls upcoming game against UAB on Saturday.
Mike Bloomgren had nothing but praise for the Owls’ upcoming opponent, UAB. The Blazers are 4-1 (2-0 CUSA) and enter the game tied for first place in the CUSA West. Rice sits at 1-5 (0-2) and is still looking for their first conference win. They’ll face a tough test against the Blazers, an opponent whom both the Owls and coach Bloomgren have a lot of familiarity.
On head coach Bill Clark:
They’ve got a great football team. I think what Bill Clark has done in resurrecting that program is phenomenal… I think he’s an unbelievable football coach.
On the amount of experience UAB has on both sides of the ball:
They have 27 seniors on their two-deep right now, older bigger guys that have some good experience. They are a great challenge for our guys up front.
On the UAB schemes and plan of attack
Bill Clark knows how he wants to win games. He wants to win games with an unbelievable defense swarming to the ball and then he’s going to pound the rock. He’s not going to mess it up on offense. They’ll still try to get their explosive plays and take their shots, but he’s going to make you stop the run. He’s going to make you bow your neck and stop the run or he’s going to keep pounding it.
The [defense is] playing like their hair is on fire. They’re No. 11 in America (in team defense) right between Utah and TCU… They play the game angry and they’re having fun playing the game right now.
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