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In March, UCF redshirt sophomore CB Nevelle Clarke was suspended a minimum of six games for a failed drug test.

Knights wide receiver Tristan Payton was also suspended for a half-season for a failed drug test, per UCF's rules. The tests were administered prior to the Cure Bowl against Arkansas State, and both tested positive for marijuana. Clarke was supposed to be the team's No. 1 CB this fall following the graduation of starting corners Shaquill Griffin and D.J. Killings.
Source: Yahoo
Jun 27 - 1:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline pegs UCF senior LB Shaquem Griffin as a "small but fierce linebacker with a good head for the ball."

"He’s an instinctive defender who sniffs out the action and quickly arrives on the scene to make the tackle," Pauline wrote. "Griffin plays fast and sacrifices his body to stop opponents. The problem is his body’s not that big and Griffin has scheme limitations." Griffin, the AAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016, is indeed undersized at 6-foot-1, 213 pounds. He's overcome having one of his hands amputated when he was four years old as a result of a rare congenital disorder to become a collegiate star. Griffin led the AAC in sacks with 11 during the 2016 regular season.
Jun 24 - 10:52 AM

UCF junior WR Tre'Quan Smith is a "nice sized receiver with dependable hands," notes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"He’s not a blazer by any means but could find a spot on a roster as a fifth wide out," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Smith led the Knights with 57 catches, 853 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns last year.
Jun 24 - 10:11 AM

UCF redshirt junior TE Jordan Akins "lacks great physical skills but does everything well at the tight end position," writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"Akins is graded as a priority free agent on our board yet I could see him making a Sunday depth chart as a team’s third tight end," Pauline added. Atkins (6′3/238) finished third on the team with 23 receptions and 347 yards receiving last year. He led all Knights who caught double-digit passes with 15.1 yards per reception.
Jun 23 - 2:54 PM

The season-opener between UCF and FIU has been moved from Saturday, September 2, to Thursday, August 31.

The game will kick off at 6:00 EST in Orlando on CBS Sports Network. Including bowl action, the Knights went 6-7 last season, the Panthers a less-sturdy 4-8. This showdown between Florida-based squads is one of 15 games scheduled for the last Thursday in August.
Jun 16 - 8:19 PM

Former Notre Dame redshirt sophomore OL Parker Boudreaux transferred to UCF.

The Winter Garden, Fla., native is returning home. A former three-star recruit, Boudreaux was rated as the No. 18 guard in the country coming out of high school. Boudreaux must sit out the 2017 season. He'll have three years of eligibility remaining after that.
Jun 14 - 4:50 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore OL Parker Boudreaux will transfer.

Boudreaux, a backup center, didn't play last season as a redshirt freshman. He was once again buried on the depth chart coming out of spring ball.
Jun 8 - 1:30 PM

UCF and HC Scott Frost have agreed to an extension that will keep him with the program through the 2021 season.

Frost took over following a dreadful 0-12 showing from the Knights in 2015. He helped guide the team to a far more respectable 6-6 this past season. In a statement, AD Danny White said, "In my view, the turnaround he led has been nothing short of phenomenal. To that end, we remain incredibly excited about the direction of our football program under Coach Frost’s leadership."
May 4 - 7:02 PM

Seahawks selected CB Shaq Griffin with the No. 90 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Griffin (6’0/194) was a two-year starter at UCF, primarily playing corner but also dabbling at safety and finishing strong as a senior with 19 pass breakups and four interceptions. PFF College charted Griffin with just a 39.7% completion rate allowed in 2016. Griffin crushed the Combine, recording top-three SPARQ results among cornerbacks with 4.38 speed and springy vertical (38 ½") and broad (11’) jumps. Griffin’s run-support aggressiveness also stood out on tape. Long and athletic with plus ball skills, Griffin is an exciting traits-based prospect with starting-caliber tools. He is very Seahawk-y.
Apr 28 - 10:57 PM

UCG CB Shaq Griffin visited the Raiders and Colts.

Griffin is a possible top 100 pick. At the NFL Combine, Griffin tested in the 94th percentile with 32-plus inch arms. He will be 23 years old as a rookie. Teams who are doubling up at the position or wait in a deep class could grab Griffin in the third or fourth round.
Apr 13 - 8:59 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Central Florida CB Shaq Griffin to Ladarius Gunter.

"Griffin has good ball skills with a closing burst to challenge throws, but his anticipation is just average and he may not be able to play off of receivers and still be as effective with his ball production," Zierlein wrote. Since Griffin is short on long speed but a good tackler, the analyst believes Cover-2 teams will be most interested. Griffin was second-team all-conference last year after recording 50 tackles, three TFL, four INT and 15 breakups.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 27 - 12:26 PM

UCF sophomore WR Tristan Payton and redshirt freshman CB Nevelle Clarke were suspended for a minimum of six games for failed drug tests.

The NCAA administered those tests prior to the Cure Bowl against Arkansas State. Both players tested positive for marijuana. "We hold our athletes to the highest standard and they’re going to have consequences if they don’t live up to that standard," Knights head coach Scott Frost said in a statement. "We’re going to do everything we can for those two young men and hopefully they learn the lesson." Payton caught 12 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown last year. Clarke was expected to start at corner this fall.
Mar 21 - 3:51 PM

Draft Wire's Cole Thompson writes that Central Florida CB Shaq Griffin posted "a great drill set" at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Drills, tests, it did not matter for Griffin, who came away as one of the clear winners of the weekend. The Central Florida product recorded a sterling 40-yard dash time of 4.38 seconds and notched jumps of 38.5 inches (vertical) and 11 feet (broad). Whether he can rise to a Day 2 selection is not guaranteed, but his stock arrow is currently pointing up.
Source: Draft Wire
Mar 7 - 7:21 PM

Central Florida CB Shaq Griffin roasted the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline was hearing during the lead up to the Combine that Griffin would turn in an "elite time." The Central Florida product did not disappoint. His 4.38 seconds took a backseat to only the runs of Marshon Lattimore (4.36), Fabian Moreau (4.35) and Jalen Myrick (4.28). His vertical jump of 38.5 inches tied for fifth best among defensive backs, while his broad jump of an even 11 feet was tied for third in the group. It will be interesting to see just how much this showing bump's Griffin's stock. Pauline viewed him as a late Day 3 prospect at the start of the 2016 campaign.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 6 - 3:33 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that trainers believe that Central Florida CB Shaq Griffin is gearing up to post an "elite time" in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Pauline was speaking with trainers at the Michael Johnson facility, where Griffin is working out for the draft. "I’m glad Griffin is getting an opportunity on the big stage of the combine," the analyst writes. "I first noticed him as a sophomore when UCF traveled to Missouri and lost to the Tigers. Even then it was obvious Griffin offered next-level potential." This past season, the 6-foot-1, 192-pounder registered 49 tackles and picked off four passes over the course of 13 games played. He could see interest late on Day 3 of this spring's draft.
Feb 23 - 6:59 PM


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