UAB Blazers Best of 2023: Jacob Zeno Airs it Out, BJ Mayes Locks Down in Coverage

    UAB Blazers Best of 2023 include a duo at cornerback that make life difficult to throw as Mac McWilliams and BJ Mayes have locked down

    In conjunction with our College Football’s Best series, highlighting the top plays, players, highlights, and moments from all 133 teams, we’re here to showcase the best the UAB Blazers have had to offer in 2023. Who has stood out? What units are turning heads?

    And who from UAB is among the top mentions in our College Football’s Best series this season?

    UAB Blazers Best of 2023

    At College Football Network, we watch every game. Every player. Every team. And our notebooks are chock full of top players, plays, highlights, and moments. Today, I’m emptying the notebook.

    Below, find UAB’s noteworthy players, groupings, or units, all listed under a different category: good, great, grand, or wonderful. Every team across the country has put forth their best efforts in 2023, and through four weeks of action, those players deserve notoriety for what they’ve put forth this season.

    Highlighting the best with a line from the one and only Chris Farley, welcome to this season’s Good, Great, Grand, Wonderful!

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    Good: Jacob Zeno, QB

    Looking like a former Power Five quarterback indeed, Jacob Zeno has run the UAB offense very well, all things considered. Zeno has thrown eight touchdowns compared to four picks and is completing over 75% of his throws.

    He’s spreading the ball all around the field very well in this system.

    Great: Mac McWilliams, CB

    It’s been a sound season on the boundary for Mac McWilliams. Though credited with just a single pass breakup, he’s done a great job of limiting receivers on the outside to little or no gains and shown great instincts to peel off his receivers in run defense.

    Grand: Jackson Bratton, LB

    Big-time players need little introduction and if you’ve watched UAB on defense, you know who Jackson Bratton is. Second on the team in total tackles, Bratton is first with two sacks.

    He has a nose for the football and seems to always be around the ball in the middle of the field.

    Wonderful: BJ Mayes, CB

    Leading the way on the backend, BJ Mayes has five PBUs this season and a pick. His impact isn’t limited to just coverage, as he’s also shown he can stuff runs on the outside or force them back in.

    Mayes is a three-down cornerback with great size and strength. He’s come on strong since transferring in from Incarnate Word.

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