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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that trainers believe that Central Florida CB Shaq Griffin is gearing up to post an "elite time" in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Pauline was speaking with trainers at the Michael Johnson facility, where Griffin is working out for the draft. "I’m glad Griffin is getting an opportunity on the big stage of the combine," the analyst writes. "I first noticed him as a sophomore when UCF traveled to Missouri and lost to the Tigers. Even then it was obvious Griffin offered next-level potential." This past season, the 6-foot-1, 192-pounder registered 49 tackles and picked off four passes over the course of 13 games played. He could see interest late on Day 3 of this spring's draft.
Feb 23 - 6:59 PM

Bama Online (of 247Sports) reports that Alabama interviewed former UCF RB coach and current Houston Texans assistant George Godsey for their open offensive-coordinating job.

With Steve Sarkisian off to the Atlanta Falcons, Nick Saban and Alabama are in the strange position of having to scramble to fill a hole in their usually airtight ship. They reportedly interviewed Godsey -- who last coached in the collegiate ranks with UCF as RB coach in 2010 - on Wednesday. Since moving on from the Knights, Godsey has spent the past six years as an NFL assistant, turning in three-year stints with both the Houston Texans and New England Patriots.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 9 - 12:41 PM

One day after committing to Maryland via a weather balloon in outer space, four-star 2017 RB Cordarrian Richardson signed with UCF.

We reported several bizarre recruiting stories on Wednesday. This one may top the list. Richardson's outer space commitment to Maryland was one of the more ostentatious displays we saw yesterday, but Terps head coach DJ Durkin mysteriously didn't mention Richardson’s name during a wrap-up press conference Wednesday. Apparently, the prospect hadn’t yet faxed over his signed National Letter of Intent. Richardson did fax his NLI on Thursday -- to UCF. It's a stunning about-face made all the more surprising by the fact that Richardson hadn't listed the Knights in his final four (Ole Miss, Michigan State and Oklahoma were the other three). That Richardson even committed to Maryland in the first place had been a surprise, as 247Sports.com‘s crystal ball said the Rebels were a 100-percent lock to sign him. Kids do the darndest things. Richardson is a candidate to contribute immediately for the ascending Knights, who signed the No. 1 class in the AAC.
Feb 2 - 2:21 PM

Maryland signed four-star 2017 RB Cordarrian Richardson.

Richardson was a longtime Clemson commit, but reopened his recruitment just before Christmas. He is the second four-star back to opt in with HC D.J. Durkin at Maryland, joining Anthony McFarland in what's shaping up to be a nice backfield for the coming years. Scout.com notes that the 5-foot-11, 222-pound Richardson is "how you draw running backs up if you want to beat up defenses, wear them down, and take it to them in the fourth quarter." The outlet refers to him as a "true power back." Maryland is looking to shore up a top 20 class and this signing certainly aids them in that cause.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 1 - 11:59 AM

Clemson four-star 2017 verbal RB commit Cordarrian Richardson has reopened his recruitment.

Richardson had been committed to the Tigers' cause since March, but the 5-foot-11, 222-pounder is opting to take a step back. The Clemson faithful shouldn't consider their program completely out of the running for Richardson's pledge, though, as in his decommitment tweet, he made a point of writing that Clemson remains in the conversation, here, going so far as to call HC Dabo Swinney's squad a "priority." Scout.com refers to their No. 78 overall prospect in the 2017 cycle as a "true power back."
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 06:15:00 PM

UCF redshirt sophomore QB Tyler Harris will transfer.

Harris took to Twitter to announce his transfer. This won't be an immediate move, though. In his post, the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder indicated that he will be staying at UCF through the summer in order to graduate. That decision will allow him to transfer to another FBS program without having to sit out the 2017 season. Harris graded as a four-star recruit out of high school, landing on the ESPN 300 at No. 247 for the 2014 cycle.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 02:06:00 PM

Central Florida will play Arkansas State in the AutoNation Cure Bowl next Saturday.

UCF will be playing a de facto home game in welcoming Arkansas State to Orlando. The Red Wolves regressed badly on offense this fall after scoring 40 points per game last year, but the defense picked up the slack during the school's torrid 7-1 finish to the regular season. ASU enters bowl season ranked No. 2 in the FBS in tackles for loss and No. 12 in sacks. UCF and Arkansas State both struggle on offense (No. 109 and No. 110 offenses, per S&P+), but play strong defense (UCF ranks No. 32 in S&P’s metrics, while ASU is No. 40). UCF's defense is led by LB Shaquem Griffin, who was recently named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 08:59:00 PM

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
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 06:17:00 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.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 03:12:00 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."."
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 05:08:00 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).
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 04:00:00 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
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 11:16:00 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.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 04:14:00 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.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 10:24:00 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
Fri, Jul 22, 2016 11:13:00 AM


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