| "The Golden Knights
7-4 record was its second best since moving to Division I-A in 1996, but will
most likely be remembered as the year UCF, after numerous close calls, finally
got over the hump and knocked off one of the "big boys" of college football. Javier
Beorlegui's field goal in the final seconds spoiled Alabama's homecoming and secured
a dramatic 40-38 win that will go down as that long-awaited breakthrough victory."
Central Florida, still toiling away as an independent, faces a brutal schedule in 2001. The Knights travel to such inhospitable places as Clemson, Syracuse and Virginia Tech before finishing the season in Fayetteville against the Razorbacks. Undaunted, the Knights appear to have five winnable games on their schedule and will look to add a few upsets to improve on last year's record.
Sophomore quarterback Ryan Schneider started seven games last fall, compiling a 5-2 record. The UCF receiving corps is experienced with Jimmy Fryzel and Tavirus Davis combining for 70 catches, 1,051 yards and six touchdowns as backups in 2000.
Corey Baker, who compiled 417 yards last year, returns at running back. The offensive line got an infusion of Junior College talent with the likes of Alex Mendez, Johnovan Morgan and Mike Mabry. Two dangerous weapons exist at tight end in Mario Jackson and Don Page.
On defense, UCF returns six starters and adds two juco transfers in the secondary -- Carlos Thompson and Terrance Bell. Other starters returning include linebackers Tito Rodriguez and Willie Davis, end Elton Patterson, tackle Josh McKibben, free safety Ricot Joseph and cornerback Travis Fisher.
Arkansas rounds out the schedule with a November 10 meeting in Fayetteville. "We were very fortunate to add Arkansas to the schedule late in the year," Kruczek said. "It's a team that has had tremendous success over the years and we're looking forward to ending the season out there, or possibly prolonging it depending on how the season goes with bowl opportunities." Read Article
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