Here it is, Mustang fans: The last game of the 2013 season.
This season has had its share of ups and downs, but the Mustangs still will be bowl-eligible if they can win the season finale. The only problem is that Saturday's matchup is with a UCF team that will win the first-ever American Athletic Conference title with a win and possibly earn a spot in a BCS bowl game, depending on whether or not NIU wins this weekend. Needless to say, the Knights will be highly motivated when they visit the Hilltop this weekend.
Here are the five UCF players you should know going into the game this weekend.
1. QB Blake Bortles- This redshirt junior is the catalyst of this UCF squad. Last year he was voted to the All-Conference USA second team and before this season he was named to a number of watch lists for different awards. This season, Bortles has been the model of efficiency for the Knights. He has completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,038 yards and 22 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. While he is not the most dangerous of runners, Bortles is opportunistic with his runs and has made it to end zone with his feet three times this year.
2. RB Storm Johnson- Another redshirt junior, Johnson is a transfer from Miami. In his first year as the first-option running back, Johnson is having a breakout season. He has averaged 5.4 yards per carry to the tune of 978 yards, 11 touchdowns, and a spot on the ballot for the Doak Walker Award, the trophy named after the SMU legend and handed out annually to the nation's top running back. He also has the ability to come out of the back field and catch the ball, adding an additional three touchdowns through the air to his season total. Johnson had a relatively quiet game last week against USF so expect him to come out motivated this week against the Mustangs.
3. LB Terrance Plummer- This junior has been UCF's top linebacker for the past two seasons. He leads the team with 90 tackles, eight of which were for loss. Only two of those tackles were sacks of the quarterback, but that's because Plummer is too good in pass coverage for the UCF to send him on blitzes too often. Plummer has eight passes defended, six break ups and two interceptions.
4. DB Jacoby Glenn- Only a redshirt freshman, Glenn is the future cornerstone of the UCF defense. Glenn has only recorded 40 tackles this year along with one sack and two forced fumbles, but his pass coverage makes him invaluable to the Knights. He has a ridiculous 17 passes defended and 15 break ups to go with his two interceptions, tied for the team lead. Remember Glenn's name because you will be seeing a lot of him for the next couple of years.
5. WR J.J. Worton- With 36 catches for 617 yards this season, Worton is the Knights' second-leading receiver. But the redshirt junior is Bortles's favorite target when he needs a score- Worton leads the team with seven receiving touchdowns this year. Worton is also the team's primary punt returner and averages 12.3 yards per return, which means he is more than qualified to light up SMU's dreadful special teams unit.
5 UCF Players To Watch
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