Scouting the Opponent: Central Florida

SMU invades the state of Florida this weekend in hopes of bringing home its first-ever Conference USA Championship. Aross the field in Orlando will be the nationally-ranked Central Florida Knights and true freshman quarterback Jeff Godfrey. Who are the players to watch for the Knights? We have the answers here.

There's been a resurgence of "small" quarterbacks this year, with Denard Robinson achieving great success at Michigan and true freshman Jeffrey Godfrey doing quite well at Central Florida.

Godfrey, who is in the 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-0, 180-pound range, earned the starting job at Central Florida early in the season after junior Rob Calabrese struggled in a loss to North Carolina State. The career passing leader in talent-rich Dade County, Godfrey has helped dispel the myth that a QB must be 6-foot-4 in order to flourish on the college level.

He amassed 399 yards of total offense in UCF's 40-33 win over Houston, completing 15-of-19 attempts for 294 yards with two touchdowns and running for 105 yards and another score.

Godfrey was the No. 24 ranked quarterback in the nation last year and a three-star prospect at Miami Central. He originally committed to South Florida before switching to UCF. Last week, the freshman connected on 14-of-17 passes for 252 yards and two TDs in the Knights' easy victory (37-17) over Memphis.

RB Ronnie Weaver, a 6-foot-0, 210-pound junior, has combined with Godfrey to gain almost 1,400 yards with 20 TDs. Powerful Latavius Murray (6-foot-3, 220), a sophomore from New York, has rushed for over 400 yards with nine TDs.

Senior WR Brian Watters leads the Knights with 38 receptions, although fellow senior Jamar Newsome (31 receptions, over 18 yards per catch) is the primary deep threat. Watters and Newsome are almost identical in stature at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, respectively.

They're supplanted by A.J. Guyton and Kamar Aiken, who have a collective 51 receptions and approximately 750 yards between the two of them.

Guyton was a three-star prospect and the No. 62 WR in the country -- although he mostly played QB -- as a senior at Homestead Senior High School (also in Dade County).

None of the aforementioned receivers have more than three touchdown receptions. When the Knights get close to the goal-line, they're usually able to cash in on the ground.

Godfrey has completed close to 70% of his passes and has thrown six interceptions to go along with a relatively-modest 12 touchdown tosses.

WR/KR Quincy McDuffie (5-10, 175, Soph.) is averaging greater than 33 yards per return. He's brought back two kicks for touchdowns, including a 95-yarder in UCF's 61-14 rout of Tulane.

LB Derrick Hallman has 75 tackles and 7.5 TFL. Defensive lineman Bruce Miller had a pick-six vs. Houston, and LB Josh Linam recorded 17 tackles vs. the Cougars. Hallman and Miller are both returning starters, while Linam wasn't penciled in as a starter on some preseason depth charts.

Kicker Nick Cattoi has converted on 9-of-16 field goals and has experienced trouble from long-range, hitting only 1-for-5 attempts from greater than 39 yards.

UCF is 9-3 overall and 7-1 in conference play. It's only C-USA loss was to Southern Miss. The Knights' other two losses were to Kansas State and North Carolina State.


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