NEWS & NOTES
ALL-TIME MOST TOTAL OFFENSE+SPECIAL TEAMS YARDAGE BY UCF AT BHNS
- 711 yards vs. Memphis, 9/22/07
- 621 yards vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 9/29/07
- 576 yards vs. UTEP, 11/24/07
- 571 yards vs. Samford, 9/5/09
UCF VS. SOUTHERN MISS
WIN WITH BRYNN
Sophomore Brynn Harvey ran for 111 yards and two scores in UCF’s season-opening win over Samford. It was just the second time in the FBS era (since 1996) that a Knight eclipsed the century mark on opening day. Kevin Smith (who coincidentally attended the Samford game) ran for 217 in a 2007 win at NC State. It was Harvey’s second career 100-yard effort, joining his 150 at Marshall last year, and his first career two-TD performance.
Wide receiver Rocky Ross enters his second senior year after earning a medical redshirt in 2008 due to a broken collar bone suffered at UTEP. As a junior, Ross led the Knights with 50 receptions and 658 yards for an average of 47.0 yards per game. He started 2009 where he left off, leading UCF with five catches and 85 receiving yards against Samford. He gained 176 all-purpose yards on the day.
A true freshman in 2008, Rob Calabrese played in nine games and threw for 664 yards and seven touchdowns for the Knights. Now with a year of experience, plus added strength and confidence, he was UCF’s opening day starting quarterback. Behind him is Wake Forest transfer Brett Hodges. Hodges saw seven games worth of action in his Demon Deacon career. Both saw action in the win vs. Samford.
Three of the five Knights who finished 2008 as starters on the offensive line also return.
UCF brings back almost the entire two-deep from a fearsome front seven in 2008. UCF was third in the nation in TFLs a year ago and 26th in sacks. As a whole, the Knights led C-USA in both rushing defense and passing efficiency defense while ranking second in total defense and scoring defense. UCF started the 2009 season right where it left off with nine TFLs vs. Samford, ranking 14th nationally for week one.
YOUNG GETTING WISER
Junior outside linebacker Lawrence Young leads all returners with 72 tackles. He also collected 10.5 tackles for loss and five break-ups. His three TFLs in week one tied him for fifth in the nation.
NALL ALL-IN AGAIN
While several key members of the 2007 defense missed all or most of 2008, UCF welcomes back Darius Nall who missed last year while undergoing treatments for cancer. Nall was a member of the 2007 C-USA All-Freshman Team and will see ample time this fall at DE.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
UCF SETS RECORD VS. SAMFORD
UCF had a combined 289 yards of special teams yardage vs. Samford (190 kickoff returns, 99 punt returns). This is a FBS-era (since 1996) school record eclipsing the 281 yards (240/41) that UCF had against East Carolina in 2007.
McDUFFIE’S: I’M LOVIN IT
True freshman Quincy McDuffie had an auspicious debut for the Knights against Samford. The Orlando native ran a kickoff back 95 yards for a touchdown. Curiously, of UCF’s 12 all-time kickoff return touchdowns, six have been by freshmen. McDuffie’s was the first in a season-opener.
THREE YEARS IN A ROW
With McDuffie’s kickoff return touchdown, UCF has now returned a kickoff for a touchdown in three consecutive seasons for the first time in school history. Joe Burnett ran back kickoffs for scores against USF and Miami last year. In 2007, Curtis Francis had one against East Carolina and Khymest Williams also had one against SMU.
BALDWIN BALLING TOO
Overshadowed by McDuffie’s touchdown, Darin Baldwin also had a 72-yard kickoff return against Samford. It was the 10th-longest in the nation last week.