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UCF HC Scott Frost dismissed the possibility that he could end up coaching Oregon.

"I'm not a candidate for Oregon," Frost said, "I'm where I want to be." There are strong connections between the Ducks and the current Knights' coach, as Frost served as Oregon's offensive coordinator from 2013-2015 and prior to that, served as their wide receiver coach. ESPN's Brett McMurphy relays that Oregon has already reached out to USF coach Willie Taggart and Ohio State DC Greg Schiano, with Western Michigan HC P.J. Fleck. expected to be contacted in the coming days. Oregon has already indicated that they do not plan on promoting a coach already on staff.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 1 - 6:17 PM

UCF freshman RB Jawon Hamilton rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in Saturday's 24-3 win over Cincinnati.

Hamilton wouldn't find the end zone until the fourth quarter. He capped off the game's scoring via a 25-yard touchdown dash. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound true freshman averaged 4.7 YPC with a long run of 25 yards. Through 10 games, Hamilton has now rushed for 415 yards and three touchdowns. Saturday's 81 yards on the ground represented a season best for the youngster.
Nov 12 - 3:12 PM

Central Florida senior CB Shaq Griffin "has enough ability to line-up in dime packages" in the NFL, believes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Scouts stamped Griffin as a UDFA entering the season but I thought more of the corner and gave him a 7th round grade. To his credit Griffin may prove both incorrect as he’s played brilliantly in 2016," Pauline wrote. Thus far, Griffin boasts eight broken up passes and two interceptions. "The senior has the ball skills and awareness to play on Sunday’s but deep speed is a concern," Pauline wrote. "Regardless, he has enough ability to line-up in dime packages. Next week is a big challenge for Griffin as UCF faces the high powered Houston offense."."
Oct 28 - 5:08 PM

UCF sophomore WR Tristan Payton has been suspended for Saturday's game against UConn.

While HC Scott Frost would not offer further detail as to the precipitating cause, here, the Orlando Sentinel's Shannon Green is reporting that "the decision came as a result of Payton's conduct during the Temple game." While the 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore has been limited to six catches for 55 yards this season, he has excelled as a kick returner in spots, logging eight returns for a total of 155 yards (average return of 19.4 yards).
Oct 20 - 4:00 PM

UCF and Tulane have postponed their game from Oct. 7 to Nov. 5.

"This was the best decision to ensure the safety of all involved," Tulane Director of Athletics Troy Dannen said. Tickets will be honored for the game. Hurricane Matthew is the cause of the change.
Source: UCF Knights
Oct 5 - 11:16 AM

UCF senior QB Justin Holman (leg) struggled in Saturday's 47-29 win over East Carolina, completing 11-of-29 passes for 156 yards and two interceptions.

Holman had sat in each of the last two games, as he is currently dealing with a leg injury. In his return, the 6-foot-4, 207-pounder struggled to find much success. Even with the lackluster passing effort, UCF still managed to roll to a double-digit victory. There is no true fantasy appeal in the case of Holman.
Oct 1 - 4:14 PM

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


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