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UCF redshirt senior LT Aaron Evans will miss the school's bowl game due to an injury.

Evans apparently played through an undisclosed injury all season, but it will keep him out of the final game. That leads us to wonder if Evans is looking towards his NFL future, which no one should have an issue with. Evans played at an extremely high level all season long, but UCF now has a stiff test against Auburn.
Dec 14 - 10:13 AM

UCF senior LB Shaqueem Griffin was named one of three finalists for the inaugural Jason Witten Collegiate Man Of The Year award.

The other nominees were Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick and Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph. Griffin is the brother of current Seattle Seahawk DB Shaquill Griffin, and has overcome having his hand amputated as a four-year-old due to a congenital disorder. It hasn't kept him from being one of the best defensive players in the AAC, and he has a real chance to be draft this spring.
Dec 12 - 4:43 PM

UCF HC Josh Heupel will bring Missouri offensive line coach Glen Elarbee onto the coaching staff in a yet to be defined role.

While that role has yet to be defined or named, it's believed that Elarbee could become the Knights new offensive coordinator. There are also reports that Missouri HC Barry Odom is unhappy with the way Elarbee chose to leave, likely due to the timing of the loss. He has coordinating experience; most recently with Arkansas State in 2016.
Dec 9 - 2:10 PM

Football Scoop named UCF HC Josh Heupel the 2017 FootballScoop Offensive Coordinator of the Year for his work with Missouri this season.

Missouri was an offensive trainwreck when Heupel took over as offensive coordinator two seasons ago, but they leveled up in a big way this year, averaging 39.3 points per game (10th best in the FBS) while averaging 512 yards per game (7th best in the FBS). Much of that tied in with his help in developing QB Drew Lock, who threw for 43 touchdowns this season. On Tuesday, Heupel accepted the head-coaching position at UCF vacated by Scott Frost.
Dec 6 - 3:06 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that UCF redshirt junior TE Jordan Akins "has the size and enough athleticism to make a[n] (NFL) roster as a third tight end."

Pauline was viewing Akins in a similar light over the summer and has not changed his tune, writing on Monday that the 6-foot-3, 238-pounder was "ignored" by scouts entering the campaign. Akins is fresh off a 4-66-1 receiving effort in this past Saturday's AAC Championship Game win over Memphis. For the season, he's caught 30 passes for 459 yards and four touchdowns. While he's done fine work this season, the tail end of Day 3 is probably the best he can hope for in terms of draft placement. More realistically, he'll probably try to find a home as an undrafted free agent come the spring.
Dec 5 - 9:42 PM

UCF hired former Florida DC Randy Shannon to the same position.

The Knights announced Shannon's hiring on Monday while introducing Josh Heupel as head coach. It's a nice fit for both sides. Heupel is an offensive guy and a first-time head coach. Shannon has coached defense since the early 1990s, and has plenty of experience as defensive coordinator. He'll be in charge of that side of the ball. Shannon should also help Heupel acclimate to head-coaching duties after previously serving as Miami's HC between 2007-2010 and Florida's interim HC after Jim McElwain was fired this fall.
Source: ESPN
Dec 5 - 1:05 PM

UCF hired Missouri OC Josh Heupel as head coach.

Just like Scott Frost, Heupel is a highly-respected young offensive strategist who won a national championship as a Big 12 quarterback during his playing days. Heupel quarterbacked Oklahoma to the 2000 national championship and was named the Heisman Trophy runner-up. The 39-year-old served as the QB coach and co-OC at his alma mater from 2006-2014 before the Sooners dumped him. Heupel spent a year rehabilitating his stock at Utah State before Missouri hired him to call plays prior to the 2016 season. The Tigers' drastic offensive resurgence since turned Heupel into one of the sport's most intriguing coaching prospects. The Tigers improved from No. 124 in offense the year before Heupel arrived to No. 13 and No. 7 over the past two seasons.
Source: ESPN
Dec 5 - 12:31 PM

UCF OC Troy Walters will serve as interim head coach moving forward.

Walters will step up for head-coaching duties with Scott Frost off to Nebraska. He's currently one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, handed out annually to the top assistant coach in the FBS. He's been with the Knights since joining Frost's initial staff in the winter of 2015 and has helped to build them up as one of the best offensive teams in the country over the course of just two seasons. It's not out of the question that Walters could be promoted to head coach permanently, but we'll have to wait and see how the team approaches its coaching search.
Dec 2 - 6:38 PM

UCF junior WR Tre'Quan Smith hauled in six receptions for 161 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 62-55 double-overtime victory over Memphis in the AAC Championship Game.

He showed a little bit of everything this afternoon. Early in the second quarter, Smith beat his man off the line, hauled in a McKenzie Milton throw, and raced into the open field for a 50-yard touchdown. In the third quarter, Smith leapt over a defender to make a contested 34-yard touchdown catch. Smith heads into bowl season with a cool 54-1082-13 line through 12 games.
Dec 2 - 5:51 PM

UCF sophomore WR Dredrick Snelson had nine catches for 145 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Saturday's 62-55 double-overtime victory over Memphis in the AAC Championship Game.

Calling this a career-best day would be a colossal understatement. Coming into today, Snelson had never recorded five catches in a game or reached 100-yards receiving. We saw signs of a potential late-season breakout last week, when Snelson posted a 4-81-2 line against USF. The former Minnesota commit was a top-200 overall recruit in his class.
Dec 2 - 5:37 PM

UCF sophomore QB McKenzie Milton completed 28-of-40 passes for 494 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions in Saturday's 62-55 double-overtime victory over Memphis in the AAC title game.

If you're going to pick a day to throw for a career-high yardage total, the conference title game is a nice choice. Not only did Milton throw for 494 yards and five scores, he also ran for 64 yards and another touchdown. The three interceptions were also a career-high, though to be fair this was a swash-buckling, gun-slinging affair with aggressive downfield passes consistently called for by both sides throughout. The 12-0 Knights are headed to a New Year's Six bowl game.
Dec 2 - 4:16 PM

Florida HC Dan Mullen will not retain interim HC Randy Shannon, OC Doug Nussmeier and assistant coaches Robb Akey, Corey Bell, Kerry Dixon II and Greg Nord.

Mullen has reportedly not yet decided what to do about assistants Brad Davis, Chris Rumph, Ja’Juan Seider and Tim Skipper, who are all currently on the road recruiting. That we know of currently, he's bringing three assistants with him from Mississippi State.
Source: SEC Country
Nov 28 - 1:30 PM

UCF OC Troy Walters is one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, given to the top assistant coach in college football.

Walters has helped lead UCF to an undefeated regular season, and is now reportedly getting consideration for open jobs like Rice, and could be a candidate to take over for Scott Frost if he leaves for Nebraska or another opening. The other finalists for the award are Auburn DC Kevin Steele, Clemson OC Tony Elliot, Wisconsin DC Jim Leonhard, and Oklahoma OC Bill Bedenbaugh.
Nov 27 - 4:08 PM

UCF sophomore WR Dredrick Snelson posted four catches for 81 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Friday's 49-42 win against South Florida.

Snelson, a four-star recruit out of Miami, is starting to round into the star most people thought he would be at this level. He has posted four touchdowns over the past five outings, and he has three or more receptions in nine of his 11 games this season. Next up is the American Athletic Conference Championship game, then a bowl game, potentially on New Year's Day.
Nov 24 - 7:55 PM

UCF sophomore QB McKenzie Milton completed 29-of-44 passes for 373 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Friday's 49-42 win against South Florida.

Milton also tacked on 11 runs for 56 yards and a score in a dual with USF's Quinton Flowers in a game which certainly will be in the running for game of the year. Next up for the sophomore and his Golden Knights will be a trip to the American Athletic Conference Championship Game, and then a potential New Year's Day bowl game.
Nov 24 - 7:52 PM


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