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UCF will turn to freshman QB McKenzie Milton as the school's starter against Maryland.

Obviously this means Milton will not be redshirted during his first year. Justin Holman opened the season as the school's starter and appeared to suffer a leg injury earlier in the year. Holman and Nick Patti have been extremely ineffective this year, so Scott Frost will call upon one of his guys.
Sep 17 - 10:24 AM

UCF sophomore WR Tristan Payton helped police detain a suspect by chasing down a man who allegedly was taping women using the restroom.

When noticed, the suspect took off running. Payton chased him down and detained the man until police arrived. On the field, Payton played the second most snaps among any UCF receiver last season (49 percent). In that time, Payton caught 21 passes for 264 yards and one touchdown during his first season of collegiate football.
Source: Knight News
Jul 22 - 11:13 AM

Former Alabama redshirt freshman S Shawn Burgess-Becker has transferred to UCF, according to Crimson Tide beat writer Matt Zenitz.

Burgess-Becker mainly played on special teams as a freshman and likely hopes to impact as a base defender after sitting out the 2016 season. Burgess-Becker visited Illinois along with UCF, but the latter's proximity to his home of Coconut Creek, Florida likely played a role. He was regarded as a four-star recruit out of high school. Ex-Oregon OC Scott Frost is entering his first season has head coach of UCF.
Source: AL.com
Jun 23 - 11:19 AM

Alabama sophomore CB Shawn Burgess-Becker will transfer.

Burgess-Becker recorded a trio of tackles on special teams during the 2015 season, but otherwise made little on-field impact during his brief time with the champs. Unless the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder down-throttles to the FCS, he will have to sit out a season per NCAA transfer regulations. By 247Sports' Composite Rankings, Burgess-Becker ranked as the No. 10 athlete in the country for the 2015 cycle.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 6 - 3:12 PM

In an letter to Oklahoma State president Burns Hargis, UCF president John Hitt wrote that his university's "athletic profile fits well in the Big 12."

ESPN.com obtained Hitt's letter, dated May 17 (before the Big 12 presidents met in Irving, Texas). Along with the letter, Hitt enclosed a report comparing and contrasting the expansion potential of UCF, Cincinnati and UConn. The report was issued by a Florida-based economics analysis firm and cited Orlando's potential for growth over the coming years as being far-and-away more promising than those of the other two locales. According to the report, "Orlando has proven that it is capable of attracting and sustaining economic growth, making it an ideal candidate for joining the Big 12 Conference." Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby has indicated that a vote on expansion could take place by the end of the summer.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 6 - 1:17 PM

Boston College junior LB Christian Lezzer transferred to UCF.

Lezzer announced in October that he would be retiring from football due to multiple concussions. He subsequently sought the opinions of concussion experts and has now been medically cleared to play. The 6-foot, 215-pounder sided with UCF over Penn State and Arizona. "I ultimately chose UCF because it is top notch with what it offers both academically and athletically," he said. "Not to mention its in a tremendous area with great weather." Because Lezzer played in three games last season before stepping aside, he will have to sit out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer regulations. He will have two years of eligibility remaining, but could garner a third if he is granted a medical redshirt for this past campaign.
Jun 2 - 1:46 PM

Pittsburgh Postgame's Dan Kingerski reports that UCF sophomore QB Bo Schneider has transferred to Pitt.

Schneider's no longer listed on the UCF roster and it would appear this transfer would be the reason for that. Due to NCAA regulations, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound sophomore will have to sit out the 2016 campaign. Schneider saw game action as a freshman after starting QB Justin Holman fractured his right index finger in mid-September. The youngster would ultimately appear in six contests, completing 54-of-105 passes for 534 yards and a dreadful 2/7 TD/INT ratio. Under normal circumstances, the transfer sit-out year is generally an annoyance foisted upon the universe by the NCAA, but in this case, a year on the bench would probably serve Schneider well.
Mar 15 - 3:29 PM

UCF signed four-star WR Dredrick Snelson.

Snelson flipped from his Minnesota commitment on Signing Day, a devastating blow to a Gopher team that desperately needed to add perimeter talent. The 6-foot, 192-pounder is a quick-twitch, well-built athlete with strong hands. "Snelson has the tools to be able to do it all. With more development in his route running, he should become an early producer for a team at the next level," reads ESPN's scouting report. "Premier player in this class of wide receivers." Snelson ranks No. 165 in the ESPN300.
Feb 3 - 3:14 PM

UCF announced the hiring of Oregon OC Scott Frost as head coach.

Brandon Helwig of Rivals first reported the news. "UCF is an excellent opportunity for me because our student-athletes can succeed immediately, both competitively and academically," Frost said. "We've had great recent success -- I vividly remember watching the Fiesta Bowl victory. With our student-athletes, football staff, facilities, fans and supporters, I know we will bring exciting and winning football back to Orlando." Frost, who had been with Oregon since 2009, is the 10th head coach in program history. "Scott is a winner and innovator who has directed one of college football's most exciting offenses at the University of Oregon," said UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White. "His attitude and experience are exactly what we need to ensure the Knights compete, and win, at the highest levels. I couldn't be more excited to bring Scott and his fiancé, Ashley, to the UCF family."
Source: UCF
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 08:06:00 PM

Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost will be UCF's next head coach, according to Brandon Helwig of Rivals.

Scott has been with Oregon since 2009, starting as the wide receiver coach from 2009 to 2012, then taking over as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. During that time Frost has orchestrated some of the nation's top offenses. UCF has turned into a difficult job, as the Knights went winless this season with George O'Leary stepping down. This will be Frost's first head coaching gig at any level.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 08:13:00 AM

UCF expects junior QB Justin Holman (ankle) to be available Thursday against South Florida.

Knights interim coach Danny Barrett announced the news earlier this week. Holman sustained a high ankle sprain last week against East Carolina. Tyler Harris and Bo Schneider shared signal-calling duties and were equally unimpressive. "He is expected to play," Barrett said of Holman. "He re-injured a previous injury the other night as opposed to keeping him out there hobbling around a little bit. ... He has done a good job with rehabilitation. Our training staff does a good job so he is expected to play."
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 08:48:00 PM

According to The Orlando Sentinel, UCF HC George O'Leary has chosen to retire.

O'Leary closes out a 20-year college coaching career with a record of 133-101, including an 81-68 record with UCF over the last 12 seasons. He's taken the Knights to seven bowl games over that span of time, but his squad has slogged out to an 0-8 record this season. On Saturday, the team was lambasted by Houston to the tune of a 59-10 final score.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 04:21:00 PM

UCF head coach George O'Leary said there is no coach-in-waiting on his staff.

This was apparently in response to rumors that offensive coordinator Brent Key was the coach-in-waiting. "No there isn’t," O’Leary replied when asked about clauses in his contract regarding the coaching staff. "That’s why it’s my contract. I worry about me. But no, there’s nothing in there . ..what are you talking about a coach in-house or something like that?" O'Leary recently stepped down as interim AD. The 0-7 Golden Knights do not have an easy schedule down the stretch. There's a real possibility of 0-12 here. UFC seems likely to have a new coach in 2016.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 07:00:00 PM

UCF junior QB Justin Holman completed just 10-of-31 passes for 67 yards and two interceptions in Saturday's 30-16 loss to Temple.

An injury to Holman's throwing hand forced him to miss three games earlier this season, but he's played in the Knights' last two contests. The results haven't been pretty. With his two interceptions on Saturday, the 6-foot-4, 207-pound junior's now thrown five interceptions in his last two games. Holman has all the arm-talent in the world, but the results have not been there this season. To wit, he's thrown just three touchdowns in four games.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 05:41:00 PM

UCF head coach George O'Leary will step down as interim AD but remain the school's football coach.

UCF is having a dreadful season. They are currently 0-6 and have lost by two touchdowns or more in the last three games. UCF is only rushing for 1.1 yards per attempt this season, worst in the FBS. The next lowest is 2.2 yards.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 12:40:00 PM


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