UCF football’s coaching staff knows that injuries are a part of the game. But with four key players sidelined for the South Carolina game on Sept. 26, the Knights are searching for answers.
Leading receiver, punt and kick returner Jordan Akins is the latest Knight down. Head coach George O'Leary announced on his radio show Tuesday that Akins is out for the remainder of the season.
“Jordan Akins is out indefinitely," O'Leary said Monday. "[His knee's] so swollen right now they still haven't ascertained what kind of injury it is. But its initial prognosis was an ACL."
Adding to the list of starters lost are Justin Holman, who is out for at least another week, running back Dontravious Wilson, who will miss the next few games and center Joey Grant, who is done for the season.
“That’s tough to lose a guy like [Akins]. He’s a leader for us, he’s a contributor for us, he produces more than anybody,” wide receiver Nick Patti said. “A lot of our game plan was wrapped around him.”
The loss of 21 seniors from last season, combined with injuries, has caused nine players on offense and 11 players on defense to pick up their first career start for UCF this season.
"Somebody else has to step up, it's just the nature of the game," O'Leary said.
Jarrod Heil is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @JarrodHeil or email him at JarrodH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.