Offseason: The University of Central Florida ushered in a new era in Knights football when they accepted an invite to the American Athletic Conference in 2012. After an 11-3 2012 campaign in CUSA, UCF was brimming with confidence and a very talented roster. The Football team was shook to its core in January when Head Coach George O'leary stepped down for personal reasons. After an extensive search AD Todd Stansbury and his committee selected from 3 strong candidates and choose UVA Head Coach MC York. Coach York in two short years led UVA to 2 bowls and a top 25 ranking. He brings a Multiple Offensive scheme and the Knights will play in a similar 4-3 offense. "I am glad to get back to a city that I once called home. I was here when we played in the Citrus Bowl downtown. I saw Daunte Culpepper play his 1st game here. In fact for my Bachelor Party we tailgated for the Notre Dame vs Navy, UCF vs Western Kentucky double header in 2000. I know the talent that FLA has and I am going to tap into that. I will look to load the roster with a lot of local talent. This will be Orlando's team. This Stadium, this campus and this town are so attractive that it makes my job that much easier. What won't be easy will be the AAC. It is a very deep conference that at this moment is connected into the BCS bowl games. That is what we will compete for every year. A chance at crashing the party." said Coach York during his introduction. New Comers:The Knights 2013 Class was its highest ranked class in school history. Rated #73 the Knights signed 11 . The top Freshman are QB Justin Holman from GA, RB Micah Reed from FL, OLB Mario Mathis also from GA and the star of the class is FS D.J. Killings a local boy from Apopka High. As of fall camp Killings was going to be RS because of talent already on the roster. Of the above mentioned talent only OLB Mathis will see the field this year. At 6'2" 240lbs he is already built for the college game. He will be used on Special Teams to start but Coach York mentioned that he was already listed on the two Deep at the Will. Offense: This team will be led by RS JR QB Blake Bortles. Bortles passed for over 3000 Yards last year with 25 TD's and 7 Int's. How fast Bortles transitions from a pro style offense to a Multiple set will tell you how well this team will do. Joining the QB in the backfield will be HB RS JR Storm Johnson. Johnson (who started his career at Miami) rushed for over 500 yards last year and 4 scores. The Knights do not lack for talent on the outside. All three of Blake's top targets are back they include JR RS JJ Worton, SR Jeff Godfrey and JR Rannell Hall. Top TE target JR Justin Tucks is also back. The OL will be led by RT SR Justin McCray and a solid if not spectacular rotation of JR's and Sr's that have seen plenty of action. The most talented player along the line is RS FR C Colby Watson who NFL draft analysts predict should be a top pick in a couple of years. Defense:The word for the D is YOUNG...the team only has one SR starter sprinkled in with 4-5 JR's. They will be starting a lot of FR and SO's with little to no experience. Since the D is not going with a change in schemes the transition should be limited only to communication between players and coaches. The DL is very young having only one SR on the two deep they are led by two RS SO's in DE Deion Green and DT Demetrius Anderson. The LB corp graduated all three starters last year they are led by JR Terrence Plummer who saw a lot of game time last year and was a ST stud. The secondary also graduated 3 of the 4 starters but the most talented came back after flirting with the NFL draft. 6'3" 203 lb SS Clayton Geathers is back to lead a deep if not experienced secondary. "We have several guys who are competing for starters minutes. I expect it to go all the way up to the last day. The only one we can pencil in as a starter is Clay. There are 2 if not 3 guys at each spot who thinks that he can start. I love that about these guys. They are not afraid of battles. It has made for a very competitive fall camp. I love the energy." said Coach York. Schedule: The schedule is a tough one. This is not CUSA any more. The AAC took the best of that conference and mixed in Big East hold overs Cinn, UCONN and USF and you have a very balanced league. Is this league worthy of a BCS spot. Right now that is up for debate. I think this league will stun a few teams that think they are weak. To add to the gauntlet that is the 9 AAC games will be games against Akron to start the season, At Penn State in week 3 and hosting pre season #7 South Carolina in week 4. Top it all off with a end of season showdown with new interstate Rival USF at home, the game will more than likely have a lot more on the line with the two teams clamoring for a lot of the same recruits. This schedule should be entertaining for season ticket holders to Bright House Stadium lots of great action now that we are in the AAC. Outlook: Wow where does UCF fit in the AAC. A big step up with a tough schedule and a lot of youngsters on both sides of the ball I will temper my expectations. This team looks to secure a Bowl bid and has the talent to compete for the AAC east title and a trip to the 1st title game but i just don't think it will be this year. I will go with 7-5 and a bright outlook for 2014.