Hodges Has "It"

Brett Hodges' performance against Buffalo has UCF fans and coaches believing that he can be the leader that the Knights have lacked at the quaterback position for some time.

In only his third career start and his first start as a UCF Knight, senior Quarterback Brett Hodges was fantastic. In a 23-17 victory over Buffalo, Hodges threw for 141 yards and completed 15 of his 20 pass attempts including 10 for 10 in the second half.

"I was a little amped up for the first start," the Knights new starting quarterback said. "I still wasn't going to try to do anything different than what I did the first two weeks. I still had a couple of mental errors that I need to eliminate but the good thing is I have playmakers around me."

Not only was he extremely sharp through the air, Hodges also rushed for 71 yards, the most a UCF quarterback has ran for since 2003.

"I felt really comfortable," Hodges said about his newfound ground game. "I'm not used to running that much, it never happened that way for me but I felt comfortable getting into the flow of the game, running a little bit. The line gave great protection and we started making plays in the air too. If you can do that as an offense, it's hard to stop."

He appeared calm and cool in the pocket, evading the pass rush with his quick and nimble feet. He displayed an uncanny ability for throwing on the run and making plays.

"I think he did a heck of a job tonight both the run and pass," said Coach George O'Leary. "Just controlling the game poise-wise and keeping game management there. I was pleased with him. He's really a calming influence on the rest of the younger players out there as far as he keeps the same tempo. I think that they feed off of that a little bit."

Hodges has showed excellent poise and leadership on the field, which is amazing when you consider the fact that he has only been on campus for a few months. The offense was clicking and was certainly alive tonight, putting up 311 yards. Last year, UCF's offense averaged 229.5 yards per game, which was last in the nation. Talk about a huge improvement.

Kudos to George O'Leary for making the gutsy decision of switching his starting quarterback after only two games, although after Rob Calabrese's horrific start last week it seemed obvious. The offense looks better than it has in years, and Brett Hodges is directly responsible.

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