Saturday injuries hamper Worton, Davis
Published: Sunday, April 10, 2011
Updated: Sunday, April 10, 2011 17:04
The Knights had their first scary moment of the spring April 9 at Bright House Networks Stadium, seeing two key players leave practice with injuries.
Running back-turned-linebacker Jonathan Davis was taken to the hospital as a precaution for a neck injury that was later downgraded to a ‘stinger.'
The junior, who had a hand in the running back position last year, was expected to see more playing time this year at linebacker, a unit lacking in experience this year.
Wide receiver J.J. Worton left practice with a dislocated ankle, to which the extent is not known. Worton, a redshirt freshman, was having an impressive spring and was seeing increased playing time with the starting unit.
Head coach George O'Leary is hoping that Worton will be back to pre-injury form by August.
Last Saturday's scrimmage at Bright House Networks Stadium was the second time the Knights scrimmaged there this spring. UCF will take to the stadium again in the annual Black vs. Gold spring game April 16, which is open to the public. Tickets are $5 and children under 12 and students will be admitted free.
— There was another kick-off between the punters and kickers. UCF's starting kicker job is up for grabs between Nick Cattoi, Jamie Boyle and Ireland-born newcomer Sean Galvin. Another name soon to be added into the mix is preferred freshman walk-on Shawn Moffitt from Dr. Phillips High School, who will be here in the fall.
— Even though quarterbacks are off-limits from contact in practice, the defensive line had no problem penetrating the pocket during the scrimmage and getting many would-be sacks. Defensive tackle E.J. Dunston frequently got to starting quarterback Jeff Godfrey.
— Before his injury occurred, Worton was targeted frequently by backup quarterback Blake Bortles and made a few nice catches.