Alabama A&M Football Kicks Off 2022 Campaign At FBS And In-State Foe Alabama-Birmingham

Dre Terry and Alabama A&M head down I-65 to kickoff the 2022 campaign against in-state foe Alabama-Birmingham on Thursday, September 1.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A new era dawns in the Rocket City and it will begin with Alabama A&M (0-0, 0-0 SWAC) football headed down I-65 to take on Alabama-Birmingham (0-0, 0-0 C-USA) on Thurday, September 1. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Protective Stadium.

WHERE TO WATCH
Can’t make it to Birmingham for the return of football?  Well, make sure to follow all the action live on CBS Sports Network with Chris Lewis and former National Football League (NFL) offensive lineman Ross Tucker bringing you the call. Stay up-to-date with all the must know numbers with live stats, which will be available at game time.

Additionally, catch full coverage following the game on www.AAMUSports.com, the official online home of Alabama A&M Athletics.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Aqeel Glass is not walking through that door – so who is under center for the Maroon and White? That would appear to be redshirt-sophomore quarterback Quincy Casey (Memphis, Tenn.). No stranger to starting in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), the 6-1 hurler bring experience leading a team during his time as Jackson State’s starter in Spring 2021.

He will have big shoes to fill as Glass finished his five-year Alabama A&M career with more than 12,000 passing yards and 109 passing touchdowns.

CAN’T TELL THE PLAYERS WITH OUT A PROGRAM
Even the most diehard Bulldogs fans will be hard pressed to recognize this roster at the start of the year. The reason for that is a whopping 53 new players, the majority which are transfers. The latter includes 34 of the 37 individuals announced on National Signing Day coming from other programs.

Make sure to check out the 2022 roster to get familiar with the new litter of Bulldogs suiting up this season.

RACKING UP THE EARLY HONORS
While more than half the roster is new the returnees are well known and have racked up the preseason recognition.

That started with three All-SWAC Preseason selections as senior running back Gary Quarles (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) and senior wide receiver Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim (Miramar, Fla.) earned Second-Team while junior offensive lineman Carson Vinson (Cary, N.C.) was selected to the Second-Team.

Quarles and Ibrahim would add to the mantle with the latter picking up Stats Perform FCS Preseason Third-Team All-American honors while both he and the diminutive tailback were named to the BOXTOROW Preseason All-American Team.

Ibrahim is also now a 10-time All-American following his most recent honor, a Second-Team selection by Hero Sports and both he and Quarles have been named to the prestigious Deacon Jones Award Watch list representing the top player from a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

MORE THAN HALF A SEASON IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The Bulldogs are a popular choice to hit the airwaves in 2022 as more than half of their season will be on national television.

In an 11-game schedule, A&M will be featured six times, beginning with CBS Sports Network carrying the season-opening UAB contest. Also being picked up will be Troy (ESPN3), Florida A&M (ESPN+), Alabama State (ESPN Networks), Mississippi Valley State (ESPNU) and Jackson State (ESPN+).

That slate plays to the fan that can’t get to all the road games as every single one of those six games are on the road.

NATIONAL TV BROADCAST SCHEDULE
9/1/22 at UAB (CBS Sports Network)
9/10/22 at Troy (ESPN3)
9/24/22 at Florida A&M (ESPN+)
10/29/22 at Alabama State (ESPN Networks)%
11/3/22 at Mississippi Valley State (ESPNU)
11/12/22 at Jackson State (ESPN+)$
%Magic City Classic in Birmingham, Alabama
$Gulf Coast Challenge in Mobile, Alabama

THURSDAY NIGHT SPECIAL
In the program’s NCAA Division I history (since 1999), the Bulldogs have only played three Thursday Night games and have won all three. With the MVSU game getting shifted to an ESPNU game and moved up two days to accommodate that change, this will be the first season that A&M has more than one Thursday Night game on the docket.

It is also the first time in the program’s DI history that they will open under the lights on a Thursday.

Thursday Night History
September 16, 2021 – W, 30-27 at Bethune Cookman
October 13, 2011 – W, 24-21 vs. Texas Southern (Later Vacated)
October 18, 2007 – W, 31-14 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff

ABOUT THE ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM BLAZERS
The defending Conference-USA Champions and winners of the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl over No. 13 BYU, UAB is poised to build off of a 9-4 overall record and 6-2 league mark. That, however, will come under the leadership of former offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent, who takes over for longtime coach Bill Clark who stayed with the program and returned it to the field in 2017.

Already a daunting task taking on a team from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), history is not on the Bulldogs side as UAB has not lost a season opener since 2013, including a 38-7 decision over A&M in the program’s return game in 2017.

LET’S GET SERIE-OUS
For two teams separated by a thin stretch of highway that is an easy up-and-back, it is a surprisingly brief series history.

Since the first meeting on September 13, 2014, the clubs have only met twice, with that first encounter being a 41-14 victory in Birmingham. That would be one of the last games that UAB would play before the program was shuttered for two seasons at the end of that year.

The Bulldogs would also play a role in the return of Blazer football three years later as the second, and most recent meeting, was the program’s return on September 2, 2017. UAB would prevail 38-7 in Birmingham that day for a 2-0 series lead but only led 10-7 at the half.

Scouting The Alabama A&M University Bulldogs
Record: 0-0, 0-0 SWAC
Last Time Out: W, 52-24 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff on November 20
Streak: Four Wins

Individual Statistical Offensive Leaders
Passing Yards:Aqeel Glass – 3,568
Passing Touchdowns:Aqeel Glass – 36
Completions:Aqeel Glass – 259
Completion Percentage:Aqeel Glass – .626
Rushing Yards:Gary Quarles – 955
Rushing Touchdowns:Gary Quarles– 10
Carries:Gary Quarles – 205
Receiving Yards:Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim – 1,008
Receiving Touchdowns:Dee Anderson – 12
Receptions:Odieu Hilaire – 71

Individual Statistical Defensive Leaders
Tackles: Armoni Holloway – 43
Tackles (Solo): Armoni HollowayJaBraun McNeal – 26
Tackles (Assisted): Branden Bailey – 18
Tackles For Loss: Trenell Troutman – 6.5
Sacks: Phillip HopkinsDrey Carter – 2.5
Interceptions: Trenell Troutman – 3

Individual Statistical Special Team Leaders
Field Goals Made: Corey Spencer – 7 (7-of-9)
Punting Yards: Troy Lendvay – 1,398
Touchbacks:Corey Spencer – 7
Inside 20-Yard Line:Troy Lendvay – 7
Punt Returns:Odieu Hilaire – 5
Punt Return Yards:Odieu Hilaire – 11
Kickoff Returns:Terrell Gardner – 12
Kickoff Return Yards:Terrell Gardner – 272

Team Statistics
Scoring: 37.9
Passing: 366.0
Rushing: 111.1
Total Offense: 477.1
Touchdowns: 50
Kickoff Return Average: 19.0
Punt Return Yards Average: 1.7
Time of Possession: 32:40
Sacks: 13
Interceptions: 9
Tackles: 601
Tackles For Loss: 50.0