Keep an eye on UCF linebacker Jonathan Davis — you won’t be the only one.
Davis was named on Monday to the College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy Watch List. The list is a compilation of 41 collegiate linebackers from around the country.
2012 will be only Davis’ second full season as a defensive player. Previously, the Lawrenceville, Ga., native had played running back for the Knights, amassing four career touchdowns.
Davis made the transition to the other side of the ball in 2011 with great success, pacing the Knights with 10.5 tackles for loss over the course of the season. Davis finished the season on Phil Steele’s Postseason All-Conference USA Third Team.
Starting today, more of the national awards will be releasing their awards lists, with more UCF players possibly in the mix.
Trio medals at NACAC Championships
For Aurieyall Scott, Octavious Freeman and Sonnisha Williams, the trip to Guanajuato, Mexico last week was a good one.
Scott and Freeman effectively wrapped up competition for the near future by receiving gold medals for their performance in Team USA’s 4x100 relay at the NACAC Under-23 Championships at Paralympic Track Stadium on Saturday.
Freeman and Scott ran the second and third legs of the event, respectively, and helped the USA squad along to a time of 43.58, beating out the Bahamas’ time of 45.71 and Mexico’s time of 47.85.
A day earlier, as individuals in the 100-meter, Scott won a gold medal and Freeman took home the silver. Together, the duo became UCF’s first student-athletes to medal at the bi-annual event. Scott’s gold medal run was clocked at 11.19 and Freeman finished just behind her at 11.20.
A day later, on Sunday, Williams capped her impressive year by receiving the silver medal in the long jump. Williams leaped 6.17m/20-3, only narrowly being edged by Arizona State’s Christabel Netty, who represented Canada.
Knights making waves in PDL
Two UCF men’s soccer players are making the most of their summers, participating in the Premier Development League to hone their skills.
New Knight Deshorn Brown and returning UCF player McKauly Tulloch are both demonstrating a knack for scoring against some stiff competition.
Brown, who is transferring from the University of Mobile, has nine goals in only 11 matches so far for Reading United A.C. He ranks sixth in the league in points and fourth in goals.
Meanwhile, Tulloch, who is on Orlando City’s Under-23 squad, recorded a hat trick in his debut last week. The UCF forward scored in the 19th, 45th and 51st minutes.
The two will only have a little more time to rack up the goals as the PDL regular season concludes on July 15.