University of Central Florida

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    University of Central Florida

    University of Central Florida

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    General Information
    First season 1979
    Head coach George O'Leary 6th year, 34–41
    Home stadium Bright House Networks Stadium
    Stadium capacity 45,301
    Stadium surface Grass
    Location Orlando, Florida
    Conference C-USA
    Division East
    All-time record 178–173–1 (.507)
    Bowl record 0–3
    Conference titles 1
    Division titles 2
    Consensus All-Americans 2
    Colors Black and Gold
    Fight song UCF Fight Song
    Mascot Knightro
    Marching band Marching Knights
    Rivals South Florida,Marshall,Tulsa,East Carolina

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    Pos # Name Height Weight Class
    QB 4 Rob Calabrese 6-2 220 Jr
    FB 24 Brendan Kelly 6-3 228 So
    RB 34 Brynn Harvey 6-1 202 Jr
    WR 81 Kamar Aiken 6-2 211 Sr
    WR 14 Quincy McDuffie 5-10 175 So
    TE 88 Adam Nissley 6-6 264 Jr
    T 77 Nick Pieschel 6-7 302 Jr
    T 76 Jah Reid 6-7 314 Sr
    G 65 Cliff McCray 6-2 307 Jr
    G 68 Theo Goins 6-4 316 So
    C 69 Zac Norris 6-3 288 Jr

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    Pos # Name Height Weight Class
    DE 48 David Williams 6-2 238 Sr
    DE 49 Bruce Miller 6-2 253 Sr
    DT 94 Wes Sauvao 6-3 292 Sr
    DT 95 E.J. Dunston 6-2 308 Fr
    LB 38 Derrick Hallman 6-0 213 Sr
    LB 57 Lawrence Young 6-0 217 Sr
    LB 54 Chance Henderson 6-1 236 Sr
    CB 20 Josh Robinson 5-10 189 So
    CB 22 Emery Allen 5-9 182 Sr
    S 21 Darin Baldwin 5-11 197 Sr
    S 18 Kemal Ishmael 5-11 192 So

    Special Teams
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    Pos # Name Height Weight Class
    K 16 Nick Cattoi 6-5 210 Jr
    P 41 Blake Clingan 6-3 228 Sr

    2010 Preseason All-Conference USA Football Team
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    Pos # Name Height Weight Class
    RB 34 Brynn Harvey 6-1 202 Jr
    T 76 Jah Reid 6-7 314 Sr
    DE 49 Bruce Miller 6-2 253 Sr
    CB 20 Josh Robinson 5-10 189 So

    Season Preview

    What to watch for on offense: The situation at quarterback. Brett Hodges gave the Knights their most consistency at quarterback since Daunte Culpepper was in Orlando. Unfortunately, he used his only year of eligibility. Although it’s Rob Calabrese’s job to lose, that’s exactly what he’ll do if he can’t turn the corner in his junior year and begin playing with more consistency. Looking to narrow the obvious gap in experience will be true freshman Jeffrey Godfrey, who already too part in spring practice and has uncommon poise and confidence for such a young kid.

    What to watch for on defense:
    Josh Linam. The coaching staff has been raving about his potential and preparation for the past two years, but there were no openings at middle linebacker. That’s changed now that Corey Hogue has graduated. With Lawrence Young and Derrick Hallman manning the perimeter, Linam is poised to hit the ground running and pile up a bunch of stops from his spot on the field. He’s one of those Conference USA players no one knows today, but could have 100 tackles by December.

    The team will be far better if … the passing game doesn’t go back in the tank. The Knights simply can’t have a repeat of 2008, when the team averaged 16 points and a nation’s-low 229 yards a game. The defense will recover from its losses. The running game will be manned by Jonathan Davis until starter Brynn Harvey can recover from a knee injury. Success boils down to a passing attack that has to be accountable, carry some of the weight, and keep defenses from ganging up on the running backs.

    The Schedule: The Knights get a huge break facing Rice and Tulane from the West, but it’s offset by a road trip to Houston. The bigger breaks are getting East rivals Southern Miss and East Carolina at home, and UCF can’t blow it against either one with three of the final four games on the road. The non-conference slate has an interesting mix of battles with NC State coming to Orlando but with road dates at Buffalo and Kansas State to deal with. There’s only one conference game on the road before November, and a hot start will be a must.

    Best offensive Player: Senior RT Jah Reid. This spot was reserved for RB Brynn Harvey until the junior injured his knee in the spring. Reid is the one mainstay on an otherwise shaky offensive line. A first team all-star in his second season as a starter, he has a chance to parlay his final year into some looks from pro scouts. At 6-7 and 326 pounds, he has perfect size to be a bodyguard in pass protection and the feet to seal off rushers looking to get around the edge.

    Best defensive Player: Senior DE Bruce Miller. With Miller, you know exactly what you’re going to get, 60 minutes of intensity and energy, with the singular goal of getting into the backfield. Basically overlooked coming out of high school, he’s blossomed into one of the nation’s premier pass rushers, bagging 27 career sacks and being named the 2009 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year. In Orlando, even Donald and Mickey don’t work as hard as Miller does.

    Key player to a successful season: Junior QB Rob Calabrese. It’s an obvious choice, but also the most logical one. If the Knights are going to contend for a league crown, they’ll need a quarterback who can employ all of the skills of talented receivers Kamar Aiken, Quincy McDuffie, and A.J. Guyton. If the offense becomes overly predictable, it’s going to place too much pressure on a defense that might not be as stingy as it was a year ago.

    The season will be a success if ... UCF returns to the postseason. While history says it won’t happen, it’s up to the Knights to rewrite recent history. And with a schedule that features just four schools that bowled a year ago, anything less than seven wins and an invite will be classified as a disappointment. Heck, if the quarterbacks come through, there’s no reason UCF can’t win the East Division for the third time in the last six years.

    Key game: Oct. 30 vs. East Carolina. Yeah, the Pirates are going to be down a bit, but the East Division title still goes through the two-time defending champs. After narrowly missing in this game last September, UCF will be seeking revenge and an edge in the race to the Conference USA championship game in December. The winner of this game has taken the division in three of the last five years.

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