None of the Knights quarterbacks were especially effective on this day, but it appeared as if Michael Greco was the most consistent through the 11 on 11 drills. Joe Weatherford displayed a good, yet somewhat erratic arm for much of the day and probably didn't take any greater strides toward winning the starting quarterback job. Freshman Rob Calabrese looked great in individual drills, and possesses a strong, accurate arm that should give Knights fans optimism toward the future. Still, Calabrese is likely not ready to compete at this level as a true freshman.
The running backs, like the rest of the Knights offense, had a tough day. Ronnie Weaver was probably the most impressive as he served himself well in pass-protecting and was able to hold on to the football, something that many of the freshman backs weren't able to do. At this point, the Knights head coach had no frontrunner amongst the "rookie" backs–
"They're all about the same. If I can get three that can help us out this year."
To say it was a bad day by the wide receivers was a vast understatement. Nearly all of them struggled to get open consistently, and in the few instances that they did get open, they dropped several easy passes. Granted they were going up against one of the better secondaries in the nation, but it was a poor effort overall.
"If they drop them (passes), they're not going to play," said Coach O'Leary. There's only so much you can do, you give them a bunch of reps and if they continuously drop the ball, they're probably not ready. I think we're taking our eyes off the ball from a concentration standpoint."
The Knights offense is at a major disadvantage every day in practice due to them going up against an experienced, talented defense. Still, the offense couldn't get anything going which prompted Coach O'Leary to dismiss the defense early and have the offense work on drills for approximately 30 minutes.
"Offense was just sloppy. Depth of routes, quarterback play. We just need to work on execution really."
With a tough non-conference schedule on the horizon and an opportunity available for some national prominence, the UCF offense must get more consistent to have a chance to win some of those big ball games, not to mention their own conference.
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