The UCF Knights are in the basement of the American Athletic Conference at 0-4 in conference and 0-8 overall. They just lost their head coach George O’Leary to retirement and this team is in a huge tailspin. A trip to Clifton isn’t the best cure for this team because the Bearcats like to score and score a lot.
Let’s take a look at UCF on both sides of the ball.
The offense is led by offensive coordinator Brent Key. Key has been with the program for 11 years. His group is averaging a lowly 13.4 points per game.
You can say the offense is led by quarterback Justin Holman, but checking his stats and the offense a whole he hasn’t been very effective this season. Holman has played in five games and has 759 yards, 4 touchdowns, 8 interceptions on 51.4% completion. He seemed like he was going to breakout this year after finishing last season strong.
The leading rusher on the season is C.J.Jones with 151 yards on 47 carries. The Bearcats will have to keep their eye on Dontravious Wilson who had 72 yards on 19 carries last week against Houston.
The Knights leading receiver is Tre’Quan Smith with 29 catches for 382 and 2 touchdowns. I wouldn’t be shocked if this group could make a big play or two if given the chance, but overall the Bearcats shouldn’t be scared of this offense if they stay discipline.
The Knights defense is led by defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan. Bresnahan’s crew is allowing 33.4 points per game.
The leading tackler linebacker Domenic Spencer who has 51 tackles (6 tackles for loss) on the season.
The leading sack master is defensive lineman Jamiyus Pittman who has 3.5 sacks on the season.
This team has only caused 8 turnovers(1 interception and 7 forced fumbles) so if the Bearcats don’t play down to their competition everything should be ok.
To be honest this team isn’t very good this year and so far this year they don’t have much to cheer about and it should be a long day in Nippert on Saturday afternoon.
Note: The Knights run three receiver sets and don't use a fullback so we have the starting receivers in the fullback slot
|Central Florida Knights Depth Chart - 2015|
|WR||Nick Patti||Chris Johnson||Blake Tiralosi|
|TE||Michael Campbell||Cal Bloom|
|LT||Aaron Evans||Tate Hernly|
|LG||Luke Palmer||Tyler Hudanick|
|C||Jason Rae||Tate Hernly|
|RG||Tarik Cook||Colby Watson|
|RT||Chavis Dickey||Wyatt Miller|
|WR||Tre'Quan Smith||Tristan Payton||Jordan Franks|
|QB||Justin Holman||Bo Schneider||Tyler Harris|
|FB||Taylor Oldham||Pete DiNovo|
|HB||Dontravious Wilson||Taj McGowan||CJ Jones|
|Base 4-3 Defense|
|LDE||Luke Adams||Seyvon Lowry|
|LDT||Jamiyus Pittman||Monte Taylor|
|RDT||Lance McDowdell||Tony Guerad|
|RDE||Thomas Niles||Titus Davis|
|WLB||Chequan Burkett||Demeitre Brim|
|MLB||Domenic Spencer||Quintin Hampton|
|SLB||Pat Jasinski||Errol Clarke||Mark Rucker|
|CB||Kyle Gibson||Shaquill Griffin|
|SS||Tre Neal||Jeremy Boykins||T.J. Mutcherson|
|FS||Drico Johnson||Shaquem Griffin|
|CB||Jeremy Boykins||D.J. Killings|