Bill Clark wants low preseason expectations to bother his UAB players.
The first-year Blazers coach takes over a struggling program with a mission of transforming everything from training habits to the players' mind-sets. Changing minds of fans and Conference USA will only happen on the field.
UAB is picked to finish sixth in the seven-team East Division. Clark says if that doesn't motivate the Blazers, something's wrong.
But, he adds, "The only way to change that is to change it."
UAB hasn't had a winning record since 2004.
The Blazers do return eight starters on both offense and defense but are still seeking a starting quarterback.
Junior college transfer Cody Clements and redshirt freshman Jeremiah Briscoe are competing for that job.