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UCF preview: Five things to know


Published:   |   Updated: August 29, 2014 at 08:33 AM

Here are five things to know about the Knights going into this season:

Options at QB

While Pete DiNovo has the job for now, coach George O'Leary said the competition is not closed. Accuracy issues cost Justin Holman the nod for the Penn State game, even though he was the only quarterback other than Blake Bortles to take a snap last season. O'Leary doesn't want a two-quarterback system, but if DiNovo struggles he won't hesitate to replace him.

Revamped linemen

The Knights also took a graduation hit on the offensive line, with tackle Chris Martin and guards Justin and Jordan McCray all departing. Torrian Wilson is the lone senior in this year's group. Junior Joey Grant is also a veteran. The rest are new in junior guard Chester Brown, sophomore guard Tarik Cook, and tackle Michael Campbell, a redshirt freshman.

New feature back

Sophomore Will Stanback had a tough spring, but he enters the season as the Knights starter at running back. He likely won't be as explosive as Storm Johnson, now in the NFL, but he rushed for six touchdowns and nearly 450 yards in 2013.

Players coming off injuries

Another thing that could slow the Knights' offense early is their health. Starting WRs Breshad Perriman and Rannell Hall were limited in early practices because of injuries. Center Joey Grant has also been slowed coming off offseason shoulder surgery. All three are expected to be back in time for the opener.

New defensive coordinator

On the defensive side, the Knights will be breaking in a new coordinator. Tyson Summers has coached the linebackers since 2012, and was interim coordinator in the spring.

TAMPA AREA PLAYERS ON THE ROSTER

 

No

Name

P

 Ht  Wt

Year

School

10

Shaquill Griffin

DB

6-1

192

 

Lakewood

14

Pete DiNovo

QB

6-2

205

R-Fr.

East Lake

18

Shaquem Griffin

DB

6-1

197

R-Fr.

Lakewood

25

Kyle Gibson

DB

5-11

180

 

Armwood

30

Brendin Straubel

DB

5-9

190

R-Jr.

Jefferson

46

Zack Laurinaitis

TE

6-5

205

 

Countryside

66

Aaron Evans

OL

6-5

290

R-Fr.

Armwood

93

Tony Guerad

DL

6-3

290

R-Fr.

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