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Former Starkville High School player Pat Shed is determined to have a short memory.
After losing a crucial fumble at the end of Saturday's 29-24 loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, Shed knows he can't and doesn't plan to dwell on the negative.
"The fumble is part of the game, but it just happened at the wrong time," Shed said. "I've just got to put it behind me and get focused for Southern Miss."
The Blazers, who venture back into the Magnolia State next week to take on the Golden Eagles, got 142 yards of kick return yardage, 69 yards rushing and 16 yards receiving from Shed.
Shed's teammates said UAB wouldn't have even been in the game against MSU if it hadn't been for Shed.
"Pat was phenomenal," Blazer wide receiver Mike Jones said. "With it being a home game for him, that may have played a key part in it, but every game he comes out with the same effort. He did fumble, but he's got to pick his head up because he made way more plays than he didn't make. He put us in a great position to score many times.
"That's why I try to help him out with me being a senior. I know it's tough for him because he's young and that's a tough thing to happen, especially at home with friends and family watching. He has to get over it so we can come back down to Mississippi next week and play Southern Miss."
UAB quarterback Brian Ellis said Shed has shown a good work ethic since he arrived on campus.
He appreciates what Shed gives the offense.
"He's done a lot of things for us even off the field," Ellis said. "It looks like he's really hard to tackle out there. (Saturday) he had a bad break, but that happens and that's football."
There were moments when Shed put UAB in great positions.
He led all ball carriers in the first half with 43 yards on nine carries and had two first-down runs of 14 and 4 yards on UAB's 84-yard drive for the tying touchdown right before halftime.
Also known for his kick return abilities, Shed had a 37-yard kick return to the 50-yard line midway through the third quarter.
Shed got a touchdown taken away from him with 10:23 remaining in the game when the replay official ruled his knee was down before the ball broke the plane of the goal line, Ellis scored on a keeper as UAB took a 24-23 lead.
Despite the fumble, Shed enjoyed playing in front of family and friends. He distributed tickets to about 40, but could have given out more.
"It felt good playing in front of the home crowd," Shed said. "I did have a lot of family here supporting me and that made me feel good. It helped me a lot. I was supposed to have more, but they let me know too late.
"I played pretty well with the ball in my hands. I wanted to win, but sometimes you have to fall short of your goal to make progress."