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Breaking it down: Positions

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Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 23:08


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Jeff Godfrey enters this season as the Knights’ starter behind center and on the Davey O’Brien award watch list.

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.

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