Central quarterback Jeff Godfrey was the Conference USA Freshman of the Year and as he showed in Saturday's spring game, he is only getting better.
The sophomore-to-be completed 18 of 23 passes for 163 yards and ran nine times for 70 yards - including a 38-yard touchdown run - as the White team defeated the Gold team 27-6 in front of an estimated 7,000 fans at Bright House Networks Stadium.
"I thought we were competitive out there, but obviously the day was geared toward the offense," Knights coach George O'Leary said. "But I thought there were individuals that made plays on both sides of the ball."
Godfrey said he felt like he accomplished a lot this spring.
"I made a lot of strides this spring, reading the defense more, getting in there every day and watching film and trying to get my teammates better as the captain of this team," Godfrey said.
With four full-time starters (seven overall) back on defense, the Knights will have some holes to fill before next season. Defensive end Troy Davis, who will take over for two-time Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year Bruce Miller, certainly made a case for himself on Saturday.
Davis had five sacks in the game, though the defense was not allowed to hit the quarterback and instead relied on a two-hand touch. Still, it was a nice feeling for Davis, who will be a junior next season.
"Gotta stay humble and hungry. I can only get better. My confidence is building up more, (I'm) being more of a leader and I feel like I'm taking strides to (get to) where the coaches want me to be," Davis said.
It was also a good day for UCF running back Brynn Harvey, who rushed for 1,109 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore, but missed all of last season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during spring practice.
Harvey had seven carries for 39 yards, but opened some eyes with a 32-yard burst on his first carry of the game.
"It's just a blessing, going from (being) so low to trying to get back up and get back to where I ended off at," Harvey said.
Running back Ronnie Weaver scored on a 4-yard touchdown run and D.J. Brown recovered the ball in the end zone after a blocked punt by Kerlon Williams. Jamie Boyle had a 24-yard field goal and Nick Cattoi had field goals of 39 and 50 yards.
The Knights, who went 11-3 and were ranked No. 21 at the end of last season, hope to be ranked in the preseason for the first time in school history.