Claiming the inaugural American Athletic Conference title and its first trip to a BCS game, UCF laid its paws on two major awards while 11 Knights were placed on all-league teams Wednesday. Head Coach George O’Leary was unanimously selected as The American’s Coach of the Year and junior quarterback Blake Bortles was tagged as The American’s Offensive Player of the Year.
The awards were voted on by the league’s 10 head coaches. For a full list of awards, visit TheAmerican.org.
UCF’s Postseason Conference Honors
Coach of the Year: George O’Leary
Offensive Player of the Year: Blake Bortles
Head Coach George O’Leary
With 11, UCF tied for the most players who received all-conference accolades. The Knights also placed both of their running backs, Storm Johnson (first team) and William Stanback (second team), on the all-conference teams. It marks the first time in school history UCF had two running backs earn all-league honors in the same season (first year in a league was in 2002 in the MAC).
The Knights had six representatives on the first team, tying the 2007 and 2012 UCF teams for the most on a conference’s first unit.
A native of Oviedo, Bortles stands as the only UCF signal-caller to be on a first or second team. He was on the All-Conference USA Second Team a year ago and on the C-USA All-Freshman Team in 2011.
On special teams, Orlando’s Shawn Moffitt is the first UCF kicker to find his name on an all-league squad.
Stanback and running back Kevin Smith (2005) are the only two freshmen offensive players to earn spots on an all-league first or second team. Meanwhile, cornerback Jacoby Glenn joins fellow corner Joe Burnett (2005), defensive end Bruce Miller (2007) and corner Josh Robinson (2009) as four freshmen defensive players who have been named to an all-conference first or second team. Add in kick returner Rannell Hall in 2011 and there have been seven freshmen to receive all-league honors.