UCF Practice Recap - Sat 8/9

UCF went in half-shells Saturday morning, as the team will likely do some more hitting during a scrimmage later. The Knights got excellent production out of their offense today and that side as a whole looked fairly sharp.

QB Situation:

Michael Greco wasn't as sharp throwing the ball as he was yesterday, but he did a fantastic job managing the offense. Greco's experience is certainly helping him out and he looks like he can develop into a very good leader, something that will be invaluable to a young UCF offense.

With the quarterback battle still alive and well, Joe Weatherford isn't going down without a fight. The young QB made some very nice throws on the day, but didn't display the ability to create plays after the pocket collapsed, something Greco has done regularly during the preseason.

With Nate Tice officially gone, Rob Calabrese has the third quarterback spot locked up, and it is well deserved. The freshman made some exquisite passes, but wasn't quite consistent, as he also made some errant throws.


RB Situation:

Today was easily the position's most impressive practice. All four of the primary backs made big plays at one time or another.

Ronnie Weaver wasn't as explosive as the other backs, but he looked like the best blocker of the bunch and also caught the ball well out of the backfield. Weaver did a good job running in-between the tackles and might be the best-rounded back on the team.

Brandon Davis, Latavius Murray, and Brynn Harvey all made at least one huge play during practice. Harvey possibly had his best practice of the preseason, breaking several runs into long gains. He ran with power and excellent straight line speed.

With excellent wiggle, acceleration and quickness, Davis also made some big plays. Murray might be the most rounded runner of the group, as he pounded the ball up the middle but also had some great runs towards the outside.


Other Practice Notes:

UCF's wide receivers picked it up a little after a disappointing practice on Friday, but there were still a few drops. Kamar Aiken paid special attention to his form, and Khymest Williams was also impressive when he got the ball in his hands, displaying amazing quickness. Freshman Vance King hasn't yet totally grasped the playbook (which is to be expected) but his raw talent is incredible. King caught a ball on a long out-pattern by the sideline, broke a tackle and bursted up-field. He also had some nice catches during drills.

The offensive line did a nice job run blocking today, but was inconsistent versus the pass, as they were pushed back on several occasions.

UCF's defensive line continues to look great and might be one of the best units the school has ever seen. Freshman Theo Goins did an excellent job during individual drills against the offensive line, which was a pleasant surprise considering his lack of experience.

Later Saturday the team will have another practice. There will likely be some scrimmaging, which could serve as the last chance for players to make an impression on coaches before starters are likely named on Sunday.

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