BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - About 60 UAB players hit the turf at Legion field on Tuesday as Blazers football is back in action following a 14-month hiatus.
UAB practice for more than two hours in shorts and helmets going through the normal routine of a first practice during the spring.
However, it was far from normal.
In December 2014, UAB football was shutdown, but after a year-long battle and a missed season on the gridiron, the Blazers are back in business.
UAB Head Football Coach Bill Clark says it felt like a normal practice, but he was aware of the historical nature of the day.
"I've been doing this for 28 years so it felt the usual deal, that is until the media showed up and I said man this is an incredible moment," he said.
UAB will return to the practice field on Thursday in full pads. However the Blazers first game is not for another 16 months for the 2017 season.