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Bearcat Insider takes its first look at the Central Florida Knights, Cincinnati’s next opponent Saturday afternoon at Nippert Stadium

The Bearcats are looking to get their second American Athletic Conference win against UCF. Bearcat Insider takes a deeper look at who they will be facing at Noon on Saturday.

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.

Offense

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.

Defense

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
Regular Offense
STARTER 2ND 3RD 4TH
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
STARTER 2ND 3RD 4TH
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

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