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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - There's a bright light at the end of the tunnel on the injury front for UAB football.
Offensive guard Roscoe Byrd, a starter until he broke his lower leg in the Blazers' eighth game, has graduated from red jersey to white, and been fully cleared. UAB needed him, as the offensive line was banged up coming into spring practice.
UAB's injured players wear red jerseys during practice. Some have been cleared to participate in drills, but Byrd's the only one who has been able to shed the red jersey for the white (offensive) jersey.
"Almost every guy we had in the red was able to do most of the stuff," UAB head coach Bill Clark said. "Next week, we'll put them in a little bit of team (work). We're progressing, finally, a little bit there.
"Byrd's the only one (fully cleared), but next week we can maybe get some of them back."
UAB still has around 10 players wearing red jerseys, including returning starters Jake Ganus and Destin Challenger (linebackers), Jordan Howard (running back) and Diaheem Watkins and Chris Rabb (defensive ends).
Briscoe making a move: Redshirt freshman Jeremiah Briscoe has moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart and he's pushing current No. 1 Cody Clements in the quarterback battle, Clark said.
Briscoe had shoulder surgery last fall, but he's been finally cleared to throw without restrictions though he's still building strength. Briscoe said he got some work with the 1s on Wednesday.
Quotable: "It was a long practice. I thought we had a really good day, probably our best overall day, considering we upped our intensity." - Clark
What's next? Practice No. 8 will be a scrimmage on Saturday morning at Legion Field.
"Exactly the same (as the scrimmage before Spring Break)," Clark said. "It'll be situational and it'll be down and distance."
After the scrimmage, UAB is holding a for former players.
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