5 Players to Watch: UCF

Demetrio names five Golden Knights to watch for when SMU travels to UCF looking for their first win of the season!

RB William Stanback

The 6-1 225 pound sophomore is a big back and one of the key cogs in the Knights offensive attack. This season, he has a total of 558 yards on the grounds and eight rushing touchdowns. He is picking up about 69.85 yards a game and 3.6 yards per carry. Stanback (pictured) is the featured back, but UCF also leans on some of the other backs as well as quarterback Justin Holman. SMU hasn’t been very good against the run this season, so Stanback could see his numbers get a slight boost on Saturday.

QB Justin Holman

I suppose the case could be made that Holman is a dual-threat quarterback. His rushing numbers aren’t really there, but sacks could be a factor. He has net total of 133 yards on the ground, despite having gained 296. He’s averaging 1.6 yards a carry- I don’t see anyone running 82 times with that kind of average. Now in the air, Holman has passed for 2009 yards, sixteen touchdowns and 10 interceptions in eight starts this season. Homan is a dangerous quarterback and if SMU takes him lightly, he could do some damage.

WR Breshad Perriman

Perriman has been Holman’s go-to-guy over the past nine games- compiling 669 yards and six touchdowns to lead the team. He’s only averaging 74.3 yards a game, but against SMU’s defense he should have a bigger day. At 6-3 214 pounds, Perriman is a huge receiver. He is a mismatch against most defenders and if he and Holman can get going early, it will be hard to stop. If SMU can’t bottle up Stanback and the running game, they might be forced to load up the box. And if they do that, Perriman will have a field day.

DB Jacoby Glenn

In his second season for the Knights, Glenn is having another stellar season. Last season, he was selected to the FWAA Freshman All-American Team, All-American Athletic Conference First team, and UCF named him the team’s most outstanding defensive back. Glenn had 52 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, 15 pass break ups and two interception. This season, it is much of the same; Glenn is sixth on the team in tackles with 35, and leads the team in interceptions with five, passes broken up with nine, 14 passes defended and one forced fumble. Glenn is performing at a high level and at 6-0 186 pounds, he can match up against any of SMU’s receivers.

DL Thomas Niles

SMU has struggled with protecting the quarterback most of the season but have started to do a better job of it against conference opponents. On Saturday, we will see just how much they have improved when they try and contain Thomas Niles. 6-2 270 pound redshirt junior leads the Knights with five sacks, 8.5 tackles for a loss, and six quarterback hurries. Niles is seventh on the team in total tackles with 34. The Mustangs have done a better job protecting the quarterback, but haven’t faced a pass rusher like Niles in quite some time.

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