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Past UAB Players Making Mark

Former UAB Blazers continued to make significant impacts for their new programs in Week 3 of the college football season.

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Trends are appearing as the college football season is now three weeks old. Many of the players who left UAB at the end of 2014 are making consistent impacts with their new schools.

Jordan Howard was stellar once again for Indiana, as he gained 203 yards on 31 carries in the Hoosiers' 38-35 win over Western Kentucky. It is Howard's third consecutive 100-yard game to begin his tenure at Indiana, and he leads the nation in rushing yards with 507, 31 more than the next best total (Dalvin Cook of Florida State). Jontavius Morris and T.J. McCollum both started for the Hilltoppers in the game, and were outstanding. McCollum made ten tackles and Morris nine, one of his for a loss.

UAB transfers continued to have a huge impact on the South Alabama football program in its come-from-behind 34-27 win at San Diego State. Cody Clements was 18-of-35 passing for 270 yards and two touchdowns. The Jaguars' top three receivers in the game were former Blazers. Gerald Everett had a standout day, catching eight passes for 164 yards and was on the receiving end of a go-ahead touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Josh Magee caught a 46-yard touchdown and D.J. Vinson hauled in two passes for 15 yards. Cameron Blankenship started once again at right guard.

Georgia linebacker Jake Ganus had a day to remember in his team's 52-20 win over South Carolina. He started for the third straight week and led the team with seven tackles. The highlight of his night came following the game, as he proposed to his girlfriend at midfield. Thankfully, she said yes.

Kelton Brackett had a big game for UMass in a narrow 25-23 loss to Temple. He started at corner for the Minutemen and picked up an interception, a fumble recovery, made six tackles, and broke up a pass. UMass came in as a double-digit underdog and gave Temple all it wanted.

Bobby Baker had nine tackles for Georgia State in its 61-28 loss to Pac-12 power Oregon. Alonzo McGee had five tackles, one for a loss. Nyiakki Height started at receiver, but lost six yards on his only catch. Demarcus Kirk picked up a team-high 42 yards on his six carries.

Offensively, Jeremiah Briscoe of Sam Houston State was 9-of-18 passing for 131 yards and a touchdown in a 49-46 loss to Lamar. Darius Powell started for Delta State and caught two passes for 11 yards. Buffalo's Collin Lisa caught two passes for eight yards. Steve Pickren started at tight end for Chattanooga in a crucial win over Samford. Jamari Staples still has yet to play for Louisville, but is looking to return soon.

Hayden Naumann (Samford), Victor Salako (Oklahoma State), Daniel Anousheh (Coastal Carolina), and Roscoe Byrd (Georgia Southern) each started along the offensive lines for their respective teams.

On the defensive side of the ball, Derek Slaughter and Jose Casanova both had three tackles for Samford. Joshua Smith started at tackle for Arkansas-Pine Bluff and picked up a solo sack and assisted on another. He was third on the team with nine tackles. Also for UAPB, Jamal Hundley made three tackles and recovered a fumble. Joseph Roberts registered two tackles, one for a loss, and forced a fumble for Jacksonville State. Robert Mondie got the start at tackle for Arkansas State and had two tackles. David Norris had a pair of stops for Richmond. Troy's LaMarcus Farmer picked up four tackles in a loss to Wisconsin. Rolan Milligan made a single tackle in Toledo's overtime victory over Iowa State.

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