Former NFL quarterback and new UAB head coach Trent Dilfer Lipscomb Academy head coach Trent Dilfer watches his players warm up during before the 2022 Division II Class AA State Football Championship against CPA at Finley Stadium Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Nas Cpa Lipscomb 001

Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer made his college coaching debut at UAB on Thursday night. And it couldn’t have gone any better, dominating North Carolina AT&T in a rout.

Dilfer has been around the game of football for quite some time. He played in the NFL from 1994-2007 and then served as an NFL analyst for ESPN from 2008-2017.

He also has coaching experience, just not at the college level prior to his college debut on Thursday. Dilfer had a four-year stint as the head coach of Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tennessee.

Coaching at the collegiate level is an entirely different animal than coaching in high school, so there were certainly some questions as to how UAB would look under his watch.

Those questions were answered in the short term, as UAB would go on to beat North Carolina AT&T 35-6. UAB quarterback Jacob Zeno shined in Dilfer’s offense, throwing for 291 yards and three touchdowns while completing 38 out of his 41 pass attempts, which broke a school record for completions in a game.

Fans took notice of UAB’s impressive performance and praised Dilfer for how prepared he had his team for this game.

Dilfer’s experience around the game of football is obviously vast, and it already seems like his presence has been a positive factor for this UAB team.

The former Super Bowl-winning quarterback spoke about his college coaching debut shortly after the game during an appearance on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, where he detailed that winning his first collegiate coaching game was a “surreal moment”.

“It was awesome, but I was really caught up with the emotion of the boys,” said Dilfer. “I was really excited about them having the opportunity to play their best football. For me, it was more surreal. I took it in, I was excited. But I was really focused on them and making sure we prepared them to play their best ball.”

Dilfer and UAB will look to build on this positive performance as the team prepares for their Week 2 game against Georgia Southern.

[UAB Football]

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.