Breaking it down: Positions
Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 23:08
Middle linebacker: Josh Linam, Terrance Plummer
Rundown: Davis played linebacker and safety in high school, so his adjustment from running back should be easy. No surprise seeing Willingham start. Even though he's a true freshman, George O'Leary has not been hesitant to compliment the Denver product. Linam, a senior, brings leadership to a young group of linebackers.
Cornerback: Josh Robinson, A.J. Bouye, Jarrett Swaby, Jordan Ozerities
Strong safety: Clayton Geathers, Jarrett Swaby
Free safety: Kemal Ishmael, Lyle Dankenbring
Rundown: Robinson, one of college football's most-talented shutdown corners, should have another All-American season. The safety group looks a little inexperienced, but a strong group of cornerbacks and versatile players like Swaby and Ozerities should immensely help the secondary.
Kicker: Nick Cattoi, Shawn Moffitt
Punter: David Bohner, Jamie Boyle
Long snapper: Charley Hughlett, Scott Teal
Holder: David Bohner, J.J. Worton
Rundown: This is probably the group with the biggest question mark. Cattoi needs to prove to O'Leary that he can consistently connect on his field goals. It's unacceptable for a starting kicker to make only 57.9 percent of his attempts and to miss PAT attempts; O'Leary was quick to say that he is keeping Cattoi on a short leash this season. Moffitt, a true freshman, is not much better of an option.
Kick returner: Quincy McDuffie, Khymest Williams
Punt returner: Josh Robinson, Josh Reese
Rundown: Two All-Americans will be returning kickoffs for the Knights this season, which will give UCF a huge advantage with field position. McDuffie and Robinson will help out Godfrey and the offense, setting them up with ideal field position to score.