5 UCF Players To Keep An Eye On

Pony Stampede lists five UCF players that could give SMU trouble as the Mustangs head into Saturday's game

1. QB Blake Bortles

Sophomore quarterback Blake Bortles has impressed in his first full season as the starting quarterback of the Knights. Throwing at an impressive 67% completion rate, Bortles has dominated his Conference USA opponents so far this season. Against four C-USA foes, Bortles has thrown only two interceptions, is 4-0, and is coming into the game against SMU hot, as he threw for over 270 yards and two touchdowns in a lopsided win over Marshall.

2. RB Latavius Murray

Ever since coming off an injury, in which Murray missed three games, including UCF's only two losses this season, Murray has played outstanding. In only five full games this season, only one of which he carried the ball over 20 times, Murray already has racked up eight rushing touchdowns. Murray, who stands at 6-foot-3, 222-pounds, is a powerful running back, and will prove tough to handle for the SMU front seven.

3. DB Kemal Ishmael

An All C-USA Honorable Mention selection last season, Ishmael has developed into the backbone of this UCF and is a true leader in the defensive backfield. A Jim Thorpe Award Watch List member, Ishmael is second on the team with 67 tackles and has also picked off two passes, recovered three fumbles, and forced another.

4. WR J.J. Worton

The sophomore wide receiver Worton has had a very productive season as the head of the UCF receiving corps. Worton is without a doubt UCF's greatest threat through the air, as seen in his 7 catch, 96-yard game in the horseshoe at Ohio State earlier this season. Although UCF is more of a running team, Worton is a threat through the air and can break open a game with one catch.

5. KR Quincy McDuffie

Although McDuffie is not much of a threat in the passing game (only 19 catches this season), McDuffie does his damage on another end of the field. As UCF's primary kick returner, McDuffie has the ability to take over any game at any time. Last week against Marshall, McDuffie returned two kickoffs for a touchdown, tying an NCAA record and earning him Conference-USA Special Teams player of the week. If SMU does not account for McDuffie, he just may take a kickoff for a touchdown, and switch the momentum of the game.

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