Five Potential Breakout Players

With the 2009-2010 football season almost underway, UCF is looking to reverse the results of last year's dismal 4-8 season. The Knights will need players to step up this year to fill the void of losing five full-time starters on offense and defense. Here are some players that are expected to break out this season for UCF.

With the 2009-2010 football season almost underway, UCF is looking to reverse the results of last year's dismal 4-8 season. The Knights will need players to step up this year to fill the void of losing six starters on offense and defense. Here are some players that are expected to break out this season for UCF.

1. Brynn Harvey - Even though he had 519 yards and only one touchdown last year, Harvey is expected to be a star this year on the offensive side of the ball. Although his numbers were limited last year because of splitting carries with Ronnie Weaver, Harvey still averaged 4.2 yards per carry (almost a yard more than Weaver's average). While Weaver performed well at times, Harvey established himself as the clear-cut starter for the Knights. He should be able to carry the load for UCF and could possibly become one of the next great Conference-USA running backs.

2. Rob Calabrese - Last year, Calabrese was a freshman quarterback that was protected by an offensive line made of swiss cheese. This year, a lot has changed. He has a more established running game with Harvey in the backfield and he has a much stronger offensive line this year protecting him, especially with the additions of Abre Leggins, Moose Robinson and Cliff McCray. His receivers are back and healthy (for the most part, with slot receiver Khymest Williams and Richard Jackson out ). Most importantly, he has probably made the most individual progress out of any other player on the team over the offseason. According to head coach George O'Leary, Calabrese was the MVP of the summer and has matured greatly.

3. Jarvis Geathers - Geathers looked great during the off-season, and will compete for playing time in the fall. Once labeled a tweener, Geathers put on 20 lbs. over the offseason as has not lost one bit of speed. He showed flashes during spring and summer practices, and could be rotated into the dtarting lineup this year. Geathers started off slow last year, but accumulated 5.5 sacks towards the end of the season. He is expected to continue his hot-streak into this year, and will be a pass-rushing threat on an already strong Knights defense.

4. Kamar Aiken - When Kamar Aiken was a freshman in 2007, he was a huge contributor to the Knights' offense. He was a deep-threat, averaging over 17 yards per catch with 5 touchdowns. In 2008, Aiken was expected to be a starter. Unfortunately, he played most of the season hurt after missing the first three games with a foot injury that needed surgery. Now, Aiken is expected to be 100 percent for this season and is poised for a breakout junior campaign.

Freshmen - AJ Bouye and Kemal Ishmael will both compete for playing time with the first team defense as well as special teams. George O'Leary has said that both players have been a pleasant surprise. Knights fans were excited about big-name recruits Josh Robinson and Jonathan Davis, but it seems as if Bouye and Ishmael will make a great impact as well.

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