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Alabama sophomore CB Aaron Robinson transferred to UCF.

Robinson (6'1/175) was utilized on special teams as a true freshman last season, but the former four-star recruit was unable to gain a foothold on the depth chart during the spring. He likely would have served as a backup during the coming season had he toughed it out with the Tide. Robinson will have to sit out the 2017 campaign to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations and will have three years of eligibility remaining come 2018.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 1 - 4:55 PM

Central Florida ruled K Donald De La Haye ineligible.

De La Haye is off the team for not accepting the terms of an NCAA waiver relating to his YouTube videos. De La Haye's YouTube channel has 91,000 followers. The NCAA offered him two options: 1.) Don’t reference his status as an NCAA athlete but keep the site monetized, or, 2.) Don't change a thing but stop monetizing until his eligibility exhausted. De La Haye chose Option 3 -- refusal -- and is now off the Knights team. It wasn't an easy call: The Costa Rican kicker sent some of the money he made to his cash-strapped family back home.
Aug 1 - 2:09 PM

AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that Alabama sophomore CB Aaron Robinson will transfer.

Robinson (6'1/175) worked mostly with the second-team defense this spring and was expected to see a backup role for the coming season. He was a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle, but played sparingly outside of special teams as a true freshman. One note on Robinson to keep in mind -- he has ability as both a corner and a receiver. While Alabama opted to use him as a defensive piece, it will be interesting to see whether some intrigued parties might view him as a wideout.
Source: AL.com
Jul 20 - 6:07 PM

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

Alabama sophomore CB Aaron Robinson will not require surgery for the leg injury he sustained in the team's spring game.

Robinson was injured while making a tackle in the third quarter. He was subsequently spotted on crutches, but there would appear to be no long-term concern, here. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder worked mostly as a special-teamer during his true freshman season in 2016. During that recruiting cycle, ESPN actually viewed him as having more polish as an offensive contributor, but Alabama is looking to mold him into a secondary piece.
Source: AL.com
May 7 - 3:22 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


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