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After a strong performance in the second half versus Penn State last week, UCF sophomore QB Justin Holman will get the opportunity to start versus Missouri next week.

UCF head coach George O’Leary went with redshirt freshman Pete DiNovo start the game and he struggled. DiNovo was only 3-of-8 passing for 18 yards in the first half. The 6-foot-4, 207 pound Holman, led the Knights offense to 21 points in the second half, putting up 204 passing yards. Holman had two touchdowns on the day, with one through the air and one on the ground.
Sep 6 - 12:13 PM

UCF sophomore RB Williams Stanback did not suit up for the season opener against Penn State.

Beat writer Bob Flounders no explanation as to why. Many expected Stanback to take over top running back duties with Storm Johnson, and he still might once he returns. The sophomore rushed for 443 yards and six touchdowns on 105 attempts in 2013.
Aug 30 - 11:10 AM

Over the weekend, UCF head coach George O'Leary denied reports that he will step down after the season opener.

"I don’t know anything about that stuff and where that came from," O'Leary told the Orlando Sentinel late Saturday. "I never spoke to anybody from Fox or anybody. I don’t have any idea what that’s about." Fox Sports reported Saturday that O'Leary was considering resigning after the Aug. 30 opener against Penn State in Ireland, leaving assistant head coach Brent Key to take over as head coach. UCF Athletic Director Todd Stansbury said no such discussions have taken place.
Aug 11 - 10:28 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wants to see how UCF redshirt junior WR Breshad Perriman performs without Blake Bortles before making a final assessment on him.

"Perriman is the team’s top prospect and while some rate the junior as a middle round choice, I want to see how he responds with Blake Bortles no longer throwing him the ball," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-2, 209-pounder was Bortles' favorite deep-ball receiver and ranked near the top of the leader boards with a 20.8 yards per catch average (38 catches for 811 receiving yards) last year. Pauline grades Perriman as a preseason Round 5 prospect.
Aug 6 - 6:09 PM

UCF redshirt senior S Clayton Geathers "has the athleticism to play in reverse," observes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

In addition to his athletic gifts, Geathers has serious NFL bloodlines. His uncles Robert Sr. and Jumpy both played in the NFL, as did cousins Kwame, Clifton and Robert Jr. Clayton Geathers finished second on the Knights last year with 100 tackles. He also defended 12 passes.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 19 - 9:58 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler thinks UCF senior LB Terrance Plummer must improve his hand technique to succeed at the next level.

"He shows good backfield vision with a strong grip to finish tackles once he makes contact, but he needs to pack more ammo into his hands at the point of attack to better work through the trash in the middle of the field," Brugler wrote. Plummer led the Knights in 2013 with 110 total tackles. UCF's defense will be fearsome in 2014 with nine returning starters.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 19 - 8:20 PM

UCF junior WR Breshad Perriman "uses his size and athleticism well," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The 6-foot-2, 209-pound Perriman was Blake Bortles' favorite deep-ball receiver in 2013 and ranked near the top of the leader boards with a 20.8 yards per catch average. "He needs to be more reliable as a hands-catcher and eliminate the drops, but he uses his size and athleticism well," Brugler wrote. Perriman finished with 38 catches and 811 receiving yards in 2013, numbers he'll top if he can be more consistent this fall.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 18 - 9:07 PM

UCF redshirt senior LT Torrian Wilson is moving inside to OG for his senior season, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Good to see UCF OL Torrian Wilson is moving inside to OG as a senior. Was going to happen eventually, struggling at LT on 2013 tape," Brugler tweeted. Some evaluators think the 6-feet-4, 308-pound Wilson projects more as a guard at the next level. Moving inside will give the UCF prospect a year under his belt at the position, while opening up an opportunity in the starting lineup for the Knights’ talented redshirt sophomore tackle Michael Campbell.
Jul 14 - 10:57 AM

UCF sophomore QB Justin Holman is the leading candidate to replace Blake Bortles as starting QB.

Holman (6-foot-4, 207 pounds) currently sits atop the depth chart, but he isn't out of the woods yet. The dual threat was decent in spring practices, but not good enough to shut down the competition. He'll have to fend off freshman Pete DiNovo (6-foot01, 205 pounds) and Boise State transfer sophomore Nick Patti (5-foot-10, 205 pounds), an Orlando native. Holman has the highest upside and strongest arm of the group, but DiNovo had the best spring, and Patti, of course, is the local favorite. Stay tuned.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 4:23 PM

UCF signed coach George O’Leary to a four-year contract extension.

O’Leary knocked off Big 12 champion Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl after winning the inaugural American Athletic Conference championship. Prior to last season, the Knights had never played in a BCS game. O'Leary is now one of the AAC conference's highest-paid coaches, earning more than $2 million in annual salary after incentives.
Source: CBS Sports
May 12 - 10:36 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper assigned the Jaguars an "A" grade for their draft.

"I thought the Jags did a tremendous job, which is something I mentioned more than once during our broadcast," he wrote. Kiper believed taking UCF QB Blake Bortles at No. 3 was a reach, but conceded that it "only looks shakier given where some of the other QBs landed." Jacksonville got second-round outside weapons -- and value steals -- in WRs Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. They also took a flier on injured CB Aaron Colvin in the fourth round and grabbed Josh Norris favorite LB Telvin Smith in Round 5. "If there's a question it's whether the Jags are better on defense, particularly the pass rush," Kiper wrote. "But they have some young guys coming up on that side of the ball, too. And if you think you have your QB, you need to help him. They did."
May 11 - 4:46 PM

Jaguars selected UCF RB Storm Johnson with the No. 222 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Johnson (6-foot, 209) signed with Miami as a four-star recruit but wound up at UCF, where he spent two seasons. He finished college with 1,765 yards and 19 touchdowns on 335 carries (5.27 YPC), adding 41 receptions. Johnson's Combine measurables were average (4.60 forty, 35 1/2" vertical, 9-foot-10 broad jump), but his vision, feet and aggressive running style stand out on tape. Johnson has tight hips, fumbled eight times in college and has a long way to go in pass protection, but it's not out of the question that he'll become a contributor.
May 10 - 5:50 PM

Jaguars selected UCF QB Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Shocker. We knew it was too quiet out there on Bortles, and he's the first quarterback off the board. Bortles (6-foot-5, 232) was a two-year starter for the Golden Knights, leaving school with a 65.7 completion rate and 56:19 TD-to-INT ratio. He added 15 rushing scores and is a plus-yardage scrambling threat. Bortles looks like Andrew Luck on game tape in terms of his size-athleticism combination, but at this point in time plays more like Jake Locker, with shaky footwork and erratic accuracy. We admire Bortles' toughness and pocket movement, but he's a project with lower-body mechanical issues, sub-optimal hand size (9 3/8"), and underwhelming arm strength. He should get the nod under center in Week 1.
May 8 - 8:34 PM

Dallas Cowboy beat writer Clarence Hill Jr. reports that UCF's Blake Bortles is the No.1 QB on the Cowboys board, not Texas A & M's Johnny Manziel.

Hill mentioned in another tweet that, "this doesnt mean that (Manziel) is not in their top 16" and that the Cowboys wont take Manziel if he falls to them. While Jerry Jones has said he is not in rebuild mode, if the Cowboys do select Bortles or Manziel it could send the opposite message.
May 8 - 3:38 PM

Citing Peter King's mention of teams with QBs in their 30s possibly trading up for Blake Bortles, The MMQB's Greg A Bedard suggested the Broncos make some sense.

"Would be perfect Aaron Rodgers-like situation. Gives Bortles one, probably two years to get the work he needs to be a starter," Bedard tweeted. Our own Josh Norris mock the Broncos moving up with Miami at No. 19 to leapfrog the Cardinals to select Bortles. We have not forgotten about Brock Osweiler (contract is up after 2015), and understand the team's window to win might be short, but the fifth-year option and possible build similarities to Elway make it intriguing.
May 8 - 11:42 AM


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