5-Players to Watch: UCF

With the Fiesta Bowl fast approaching, we take a look at five key players for the Central Florida Knights.

1. Junior Blake Bortles – QB

6-foot-4, 230 pounds

Passing
Year School G Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rate
2011 Central Florida 10 75 110 68.2 958 8.7 6 3 153.9
*2012 Central Florida 14 251 399 62.9 3059 7.7 25 7 144.5
2013 Central Florida 12 239 351 68.1 3280 9.3 22 7 163.3
Career Central Florida 565 860 65.7 7297 8.5 53 17 153.4

The American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the year is a quarterback that NFL scouts will drool over. He has tremendous size, a strong arm and is pretty accurate. Most are saying he is an easy first rounder, with a chance to be taken in the top 10 picks. In his second year of starting for the Knights, Bortles became much more accurate as well, completing 68% of his passes and averaging a very strong 9.3 yards per pass attempt. The former 2-star recruit from Oviedo, FL is a good athlete from the quarterback position, and compares favorably to NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger coming out of college. While he has no "wow" skill that is elite, he doesn't have a bad skill either.

2. Junior Storm Johnson – RB

6-foot-0, 215 pounds

Rushing Receiving
Year School G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
*2010 Miami (FL) 10 9 119 13.2 1 1 9 9.0 0
*2012 Central Florida 13 113 507 4.5 4 10 20 2.0 0
2013 Central Florida 12 193 1015 5.3 11 29 261 9.0 3
Career Overall 315 1641 5.2 16 40 290 7.3 3
Miami (FL) 9 119 13.2 1 1 9 9.0 0
Central Florida 306 1522 5.0 15 39 281 7.2 3

To say that the junior tailback is the focal point of the Knights rushing attack is quite an understatement. With over 1000 yards rushing, Johnson is the only Central Florida player with more than 450 yards rushing. Johnson took almost 45% of the rushing attempts for the Knights and had 56% of their rushing yards. With 11 touchdowns Johnson has almost half of the rushing td's for UCF. The junior tailback is already rumored to be playing his last game, as it has been reported he will forego his senior season to jump into the NFL. The solidly built back is a good interior runner who has a good balance of patience, power and quickness. He displays very good balance and is good at getting the final yard after the tackle.

3. Junior Terrance Plummer – LB

6-foot-1, 234 pounds

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2011 Central Florida 12 5 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*2012 Central Florida 50 58 108 7 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 -2 0 0
2013 Central Florida 51 39 90 8 2 2 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 2
Career Central Florida 63 44 107 10.0 2.0 3 0 0.0 0 6 0 0 0 2

The star of the UCF defense is their junior linebacker who led them in tackles, tackles for loss, and tied for the team lead in interceptions. Plummer is an aggressive attacking linebacker who always finds himself around the ball. He has very good speed and is a hard hitter from his middle linebacker position.

4. Juniors Jordan and Justin McCray – Guards

6-foot-3, 310 pounds each

If you couldn't guess, these two players happen to be related. In fact they are twins who man both of the guard positions for the Knights very good offensive line. With a combined 98 career starts on the offensive line, these are the two guys that carry the flag for UCF. The UCF line allowed a sack on just 5.57% of their pass attempts. The McCray also are the two leaders of a rushing attack that is designed to go up the middle as the Knights try to spread the field out with quick wide receiver passes.

5. Freshman Jacoby Glenn – CB

6-foot-0, 176 pounds

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg PD FF
2013 Central Florida 33 7 40 2.0 1.0 2 35 17.5 15 2
Career Central Florida 33 7 40 2.0 1.0 2 35 17.5 15 2

The first team AAC defensive player, Glenn had a very good first year in Orlando. While challenged a lot, Glenn leads the team in passes broken up with 15 and is tied for the team lead at 2 interceptions. With good height, Glenn will probably be asked to cover Antwan Goodley for the Bears. The former 3-star recruit sat out the 2012 season as a redshirt and has started 11 of the 12 games for the Knights this year, only missing the Temple game.


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