The UCF defense will feature a totally new look in 2015.
With a significant portion of the starting unit graduated or off to the NFL, as well as nearly an entire new coaching staff, the UCF defense is spending the early part of the spring season getting to know each other.
For new defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan, who has experience coaching in the NFL and in college, it's about keeping the defensive philosophy simple — especially early on.
"The bottom line is there is one ball and go get it, once the ball is snapped," Bresnahan said. "If they can understand that philosophy and work together as 11 guys as one, then the sky is the limit. I don't care who it is — freshman, sophomore or fifth-year senior."
The secondary will feature four completely new starters in 2015, with rising juniors D.J. Killings and Shaquill Griffin getting the first crack at the starting cornerback positions. Both players have seen time in their first two seasons as reserves and on special teams, and relish the opportunity to play leading roles.
"It's time to take leadership over the group," Killings said. "It's a goal of mine to keep it."
Helping with their growth is new cornerbacks coach Travis Fisher. Having played in the NFL for nine seasons, Fisher is tasked with developing a young group of corners on the intricacies of the position.
"When we're out there actually doing the drills, he's actually out there doing the drills with us," Griffin said. "That one-on-one hand technique is so much better."
UCF returns to the practice field on Saturday at 1 p.m. The practice is open to the public.
Ryan Gillespie is the Editor-in-Chief at the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @rgillespiecff or email him at RyanG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.