Whatever it takes to win: Tyler Johnston leads UAB into 2019 season

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Tyler Johnston is set to lead UAB after taking over from injured starter A.J. Erdely in 2018 and leading the Blazers to a 5-1 record, C-USA title and victory at the Boca Raton Bowl. His teammates and coaches

Evan Dudley profiled Tyler in a recent piece on AL.com, which highlighted Tyler’s leadership skills and track record as a winner:

The current manifestation of UAB’s football program can trace its roots along the eastern shore of Mobile Bay to the town of Spanish Fort.

It’s where coach Bill Clark lived for four years while serving as defensive coordinator at South Alabama. It’s where Bryant Vincent served as Spanish Fort’s head coach before joining Clark on the Jaguars’ staff and later as UAB’s offensive coordinator.

It’s also where Blazers quarterback Tyler Johnston — along with his brother, Thomas, and a slew of other former Toros — helped Spanish Fort win multiple state championships before signing with the Blazers.

“He’s a guy who just came off game experience, along with the fact that he is a winner,” Clark said. “The kids love to follow him. We have a bunch of other great quarterbacks, too. He’s been in the war, though.”

Tyler boasts a 15-month age gap over his younger brother Thomas, a junior outside linebacker who has played in all 27 games for the Blazers since the team returned to the field. The younger brother understands what UAB’s quarterback can do perhaps better than anyone.

“He’s going to do whatever it takes to win. That’s it,” he said. “He always has and always will. He always pushes his teammates around him to do their best and get the best out of them. With him at quarterback, I’m really excited.”

Johnston compiled a 35-0 record as starting quarterback at Spanish Fort and was named Mr. Football after leading the Toros to the Class 6A title in 2015.

Vincent agreed with Tyler Johnston that the quarterback’s top quality is his winning attitude…

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