As we continue to prepare for the game on Saturday against Alabama A&M, we’ll look at three players to keep an eye on for the Bulldogs.
Jordan Bentley – RB
Alabama A&M will be relying heavily on their returning running back. Bentley led the team with 851 yards rushing last year and nine touchdowns. The sophomore out of Guntersville, Ala. was named to the SWAC preseason All-Conference First Team this year. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry last year. He finished fourth in the SWAC in rushing yards and was fourth averaging 77.4 yards per game. He’ll be running behind a very experienced offensive line, which includes second team All-Conference preseason player Austin Simmons. He is definitley their most explosive player on offense, and the UAB defense will spend all afternoon chasing him around.
Kenneth Davis – LB
Davis was also named to the First Team All-Conference preseason team. He led Alabama A&M with 98 tackles and 10.5 tackles for a loss last year. He was also tied for the team lead with 2 sacks. The 5-foot-11, 220 pound senior will be a force in the middle of the Alabama A&M defense. He flies all over the football field and UAB will have to do a good of knowing where he is on the field and making sure he gets blocked. He’ll be paired at linebacker with their captain in graduate senior Bryan Brower.
Tere Calloway – DB
In the secondary is another preseason first-team player in senior Tere Calloway. The 5-foot-11, 190 pound defensive back from Seattle, Wash. was second on the team with 74 tackles last year. Two of those tackles were for a loss, so he will play close the line of scrimmage. He also had two interceptions and four pass break-ups. He’ll lead an Alabama A&M secondary that includes graduate senior Dexter Reese. Reese was second on the team with 11 pass break-ups last year. These two will help form one of the most experienced secondaries in the SWAC.
These are three key players to watch for Alabama A&M on Saturday — and maybe a couple of extra that I snuck in there. I think you’ll find that the Bulldog defense is very experienced and could give UAB’s inexperienced offense some problems.