D.J. Law, who was a central figure in Netflix’s Last Chance U documentary, won’t be returning to UAB to play football this fall, UAB head coach Bill Clark told AL.com.
Law, a running back, signed with UAB out of East Mississippi Community College. He qualified at the start of the fall semester, but wasn’t on the spring roster as he battled a knee injury and tried to maintain academic eligibility.
Clark said Law will likely keep playing football, either at an NAIA school or professionally in Canada, and Clark is assisting Law in the next step.
“I think his knee is going to be in good shape,” Clark said. “He came in here behind the 8-ball academically. He’s done a solid job. He really just had a lot to overcome. I think we got his knee well, so we’re trying to make a decision. Is it NAIA or Canada?
“He’s our guy, and we’re going to stay with him.”
Another running back, Cedric Battle, will also transfer, Clark said. UAB signed Battle last December and he was at UAB this spring, but didn’t do much work during spring practice.
“He will probably transfer to a smaller school or going to JUCO to be re-recruited,” Clark said.
UAB’s top four running backs coming out of spring ball are James Noble, Donnie Lee, Kalin Heath and Lucious Stanley. Noble is a former walk-on who earned a scholarship this spring, and Lee moved from linebacker to running back this spring.
Offensive lineman Brandon Hill, who started his career at Alabama, has been medically disqualified after a series of concussions, Clark said. Hill is still in school at UAB but did not go through spring practice.
Defensive end Christian Robinson will transfer back closer to his hometown of Houston, Texas. Clark said UAB viewed Robinson as a player who would contribute more down the line, but he’ll transfer somewhere closer to his family.
Cornerback D.A. Williams was held out of the spring game due to academics, but he’ll be with the team this summer and fall.
UAB showed the media its new football operations facility, which will be completed in early July. Check out photos from the tour, and come back to AL.com/uab for more on that.