UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel announces departure from Knights
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel announced via Twitter on Saturday that he is saying farewell and entering the transfer portal. >>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<Gabriel went on to thank the UCF coaching and support staff, as well as his teammates. “We are brothers!”Read: UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel suffers broken collarbone during gameGabriel also gave a shout-out to fans. Gabriel suffered a broken collarbone during a game against the University of Louisville in September, forcing the quarterback to miss the remaining nine games in the Knights’ regular season. UCF has agreed to host the Hula Bowl, one of college football’s premier all-star games, at Bounce House Stadium in 2022.wftv.com
UCF QB Dillon Gabriel Enters Transfer Portal — KnightNews.com
UCF junior quarterback Dillon Gabriel announced on his Twitter page that he will be entering the transfer portal on Saturday. The announcement comes just one day after the Knights’ closed out their 2021-22 regular season slate with their War on I4 win over South Florida. AdvertisementImmediately after, Gabriel posted a separate tweet thanking Knight Nation for all of the memories. Knight Nation! ❤️ — Dillon Gabriel (@_dillongabriel_) November 27, 2021Gabriel suffered a fractured clavicle injury in UCF’s Sept. 17 week three loss at Louisville which caused him to miss the remainder of the season.knightnews.com
UCF Holds Off USF to Win Sixth Consecutive War on I4 Rivalry Game — KnightNews.com
The Knights defeated USF 17-13 to win its sixth consecutive War on I4 rivalry game, taking the 7-6 all-time series lead. AdvertisementUp 17-13 with just 12 seconds remaining in the game, USF had the ball at first and goal from the three yard line. That is when UCF junior defensive end Tre’Mon Morris-Brash made the game-winning play, sacking USF quarterback Timmy McClain as time expired. A productive rushing duoDespite UCF primary back Isaiah Bowser being sidelined due to injury, the Knights’ run game led the way for the UCF offensive unit. In addition, UCF sophomore running back Johnny Richardson also had himself an efficient night.knightnews.com
UCF Rebounds with Dominant Victory Over UConn — KnightNews.com
Able to control all phases of the game, UCF dominated its way to a 49-17 victory over UConn on Saturday. More notable than his impressive stat line was his 30-yard rushing touchdown, where he evaded a couple Husky defenders en route to his first collegiate rushing score. Richardson provides a sparkAlong with the super outing by Keene, sophomore running back Johnny Richardson helped propel the Knights’ offense to its dominant victory over the Huskies. The Knights’ front seven controlled the battle against the Huskies’ offensive line, holding UConn to just 68 rushing yards in the first half. Five of these tackles for loss came by way of sacking UConn sophomore QB Steven Krajewski.knightnews.com
UCF Football: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of Matchup vs. UConn — KnightNews.com
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the Knights’ matchup vs. the Huskies. The Huskies’ defense is allowing 36.8 points per game, ranking among the bottom 10 of all NCAA Division defenses. Primarily, UConn has struggled to gain momentum from its ground game, rushing for just 99.7 yards per game. The Huskies’ pass game hasn’t been much better, throwing for an average of 163.6 yards, ranking among the nation’s bottom 16 passing offenses. According to ESPN, UCF is favored by 30.5 points and has a 98.1 percent chance to win the matchup.knightnews.com
UCF Secures Bowl Eligibility with Homecoming Win vs. Tulane — KnightNews.com
With their 14-10 victory over the Tulane Green Wave on Saturday, the Knights picked up their third consecutive win for the first time since Nov. 14, 2020. AdvertisementWith the win, the Knights also guaranteed its eligibility to compete in a bowl game following the regular season by picking up its sixth win of the season. Building off a Career PerformanceUCF freshman quarterback Mikey Keene — coming off a career-high five-touchdown performance vs. Temple — continued to play like a true Division 1 starting quarterback in the Knights’ win. Just three plays later, Keene found O’Keefe, again, who took took it in for the 15-yard score to cap off the drive, resulting in the game’s first score. — UCF Knight News (@UCFKnightNews) November 6, 2021With the win, UCF improves to 6-3 on the season.knightnews.com
UCF Seizes First Conference Win with Last-Minute Touchdown vs. East Carolina — KnightNews.com
In the face of adversity – trailing East Carolina 13-16 with just 3:39 remaining in the game, the Knights’ offense was in crucial need of a score. Just moments after, Richards came through, again, for the Knights with a 19-yard run that got UCF down to ECU’s eight-yard line. A 35-yard field goal by junior kicker Daniel Obarski gave UCF a 3-0 lead with 14:57 remaining in the second quarter. After another stalled UCF drive, the Pirates produced another scoring drive. UCF’s 20-16 win improves the Knights’ record to 3-2, in addition, gives them their first win of AAC play.knightnews.com
UCF Fumbles Second-Half Lead, Fall to Navy in AAC Opener — KnightNews.com
Keene and the Knights had a rebuttal, completing a 75-yard touchdown drive of their own. The 23-yard touchdown extended the Knights lead to 20-10 with 6:26 remaining in the second quarter. This extended UCF’s lead to 23-17 as time expired. After a 23-yard Navy field goal reduced UCF’s lead to 10 points, UCF’s offense went three-and-out, in which Navy responded with another score. On the following drive, Navy recovered a UCF fumble on its own 47 yard-line.knightnews.com
UCF Football QB Dillon Gabriel suffers injury to throwing shoulder — KnightNews.com
On the final play of UCF’s gut-wrenching Friday night loss against the Louisville Cardinals, Knights’ junior starting quarterback Dillon Gabriel suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder, Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde reported. Gabriel left Cardinal Stadium with his left arm in a sling and with ice on his shoulder. The Knights’ QB received X-Rays immediately after the game, according to Forde. Gabriel finished the game completing 22-of-29 passes, throwing for 184 yards. Following a bye week, UCF will travel to Annapolis, MD to take on American Athletic Conference opponent Navy on Oct 2.knightnews.com
UCF Football scheduled to play home-and-home series vs. Maryland beginning in 2025 — KnightNews.com
Just eight days after agreeing to a 2-for-1 series with Florida, UCF Athletic Director Terry Mohajir just completed another deal, as the football Knights are now scheduled to play a home-and-home series versus the Maryland Terrapins of the Big Ten Conference. The series is set to begin in 2025. The first matchup of the two-game series is scheduled to be played on Aug. 30, 2025 at the Terrapins’ home in College Park, Maryland, while the latter game will be played at the Bounce House on Sep. 9, 2028. AdvertisementThese will be the third and fourth times the two teams will have ever met, as the all-time series is currently split at one game apiece. Maryland took the first game in 2016 by a score of 30-24, while the Knights took game two with a commanding 38-10 win.knightnews.com
UCF basketball to return multiple key players for 2021-22 season — KnightNews.com
Throughout the past week, the UCF men’s basketball team has received some positive news regarding the returning of multiple key players from its 2020-21 roster. Four Knights — freshman forward Isaiah Adams, sophomore forward C.J. AdvertisementThe return of Mahan was announced by the UCF Men’s Hoops’ Twitter page on June 11. Chemistry = 💯🧪Time to get to work 👨🔬 #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/MwMI7SC9vc — UCF Men’s Hoops (@UCF_MBB) July 6, 2021Adams earned AAC Freshman of the Week honors three times. Today, it was Walker’s return that was announced by the UCF Men’s Hoops’ Twitter page.knightnews.com
Former UCF RB Greg McCrae signs with CFL’s Toronto Argonauts
Four-year UCF running back Greg McCrae has found a new home, as the former Knight will be headed to Canada after signing a deal to play for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League on Monday. During his four-year tenure with UCF, McCrae rushed for a career total of 2,620 yards, which is the fourth-most in program history. In addition, McCrae finished his Knights career with 29 rushing touchdowns, which is also the fourth-most in program history. Much of McCrae’s success came from his 2020 senior year, where he led the team with his 758 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. McCrae’s 10 rushing touchdowns were the fourth-most in the American Athletic Conference and the nation’s 22nd most.knightnews.com
UCF’s spring football game to host fans at 50% capacity
The University of Central Florida will still host its spring football game at the Bounce House with Knights taking the field in front of fans. [TRENDING: SpaceX aims to fly -- and avoid explosion | 4-year-old among 3 dead in I-95 crash | Thief pup gets new home]AdCurrent season ticket holders can claim tickets starting Monday. Season ticket members can claim tickets until April 6, or until 50% of seats in the stadium have been claimed. Students who’d like to attend the spring game will not need to claim tickets but instead will need to show their UCF ID at the entrance. Those interested in purchasing tickets or becoming a season ticket holder can head to UCFKnights.com.
One on one with new UCF football coach Gus Malzahn
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Gus Malzahn era is underway at UCF. Malzahn was hired as the 9th football coach in program history on Feb. 15. [TRENDING: SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites | Weekend vaccine events for OCPS employees | Family speaks after deadly shooting]The energized veteran head coach has plans to take the Knights to greater heights. Days before UCF opens spring practice, Malzahn sat down with news 6 Sports Director Jamie Seh, outlining his vision and looking back on the past. AdUse the form below to sign up for the ClickOrlando.com 4pm Trending newsletter, sent every weekday.
Knights upset No.13 Bulls in War on I-4 rivalry — KnightNews.com
The Knights came into the night off the heels of a heartbreaking last-second 65-62 loss to the Bulls Tuesday night at the Yuengling Center in Tampa. AdvertisementIt was a pretty slow start in the first quarter as the Knights could only manage 4 points after seven minutes of play. The Knights’ scored 23 points off turnovers to the Bulls’ 6 points by the end of regulation. The Knights ended the game shooting 22-of-46 from the field and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. Kaba, senior forward Jnaya Walker, and senior guard Courtajia Sanders celebrated their senior season and last home game for UCF in style with the program’s first win against a top 15 team.knightnews.com
UCF storms back to complete season sweep over Tulsa — KnightNews.com
UCF honored its three senior players — Avery Diggs, Darius Perry, and Brandon Mahan on Senior Knight — and defeated the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to complete the season sweep, two games to zero. After allowing Tulsa to overcome a 16-point halftime deficit to eventually take a 66-59 lead with 5:47 remaining in the game, UCF stormed back to defeat the Golden Hurricane 73-69. UCF senior guard Darius Perry (2) was responsible for 14 points, three rebounds and two assists during the Knights’ 73-69 win over Tulsa at Addition Financial Arena on March 2, 2021. Sophomore guard Darin Green Jr. also played a vital role in the Knights’ late comeback, scoring 11 points in the second half. UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins said he was proud of his players for executing late in the second half.knightnews.com
UAE weapons show draws major deals, traders amid pandemic
(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)ABU DHABI – In spite of the surging coronavirus pandemic, major arms makers descended Sunday on a convention center in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, hoping to make deals with militaries across the Middle East. The UAE unveiled $1.36 billion in local and foreign arms deals to supply its forces with everything from South African drones to Serbian artillery. Significant national pavilions were absent, including the United States, the world’s largest arms exporter. Ad“The threats are obvious lately,” said Walid Abukhaled, CEO of Saudi Arabian Military Industries Company, a holding company owned by the country’s sovereign wealth fund. “If Iran goes into a major rearmament program or starts to flex its muscles, that’s where missile defense and air defense systems come in,” he said.
UCF football releases 2021-22 schedule — KnightNews.com
After a week of exciting new hires for the UCF’s football program, UCF Athletics released the official schedule for the 2021-22 football season highlighting what the Knights will face this season. AdvertisementThis will be the first time the Knights will meet with Boise State in football. Amongst this season’s American Athletic Conference home games, East Carolina will be coming to Orlando to face UCF on Oct. 9. UCF will travel to face Cincinnati on Oct. 16 — the Knights have not won a game against the Bearcats since 2018. UCF will also travel to Philadelphia to play Temple on Oct. 30 and travel to Dallas to play SMU on Nov. 13.knightnews.com
‘It’s time to rise again:’ UCF announces Gus Malzahn as new head football coach
FILE - Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Auburn, Ala., in this Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, file photo. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Central Florida has struck a deal to make former Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn the Knights’ next head coach. He will replace Josh Heupel, who recently left to become the Tennessee Volunteers’ head coach, and he will be UCF’s ninth head football coach. Malzahn has been linked to the UCF job ever since the school hired athletics director Terry Mohajir, who worked with Malzahn at Arkansas State. Not only do I believe that he’s the best college football coach in state of Florida now, I believe he’ll put together one of the best staffs in America.
UCF holds off Tulane to secure victory at home — KnightNews.com
In a game full of runs and lead changes, the UCF Knights were able to pull away from the Tulane Green Wave in the final four minutes of the game on Friday to secure a victory at Addition Financial Arena. After the game, UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins praised Walker’s performance. Green Jr. was able to do this by shooting 5-of-8 from the floor and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. “I thought he gave us a great start of this game,” Dawkins said. A 5-minute and 47-second Knights’ scoring drought, however, would allow Tulane to go on an 8-0 run and retake the first-half lead.knightnews.com
UCF falls in Shocking 1-point home loss to Wichita State — KnightNews.com
Down four points, UCF senior guard Darius Perry facilitated his way into the lane converting an and-one basket to cut the deficit to one. In a full-court press, UCF forced Wichita State into a turnover with eight seconds remaining, giving the Knights one last chance to complete the upset. The scoring would improve from there, as Wichita State would go into halftime leading 36-30. Walker (21) was responsible for 7 points in the Knights’ 61-60 loss to the Wichita State Shockers at Addition Financial Arena on Wednesday. With the win, Wichita State improves to 11-4 overall and 7-2 in the American Athletic Conference, while UCF falls to 5-10 overall and 3-9 in conference play.knightnews.com
7 things to know about UCF’s new AD Terry Mohajir — KnightNews.com
The Red Wolves’ football team saw eight winning seasons where they would get the opportunity to play in a bowl game. Since the 2014-15 year, the Red Wolves set a new school standard for all-department GPA each passing year. The Red Wolves would also set a record with 232 student-athletes making the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in 2018. In recent years, the UCF football team arguably was not given much respect by the College Football Playoff Committee. Prior to becoming the director of athletics for the Knights, Mohajir was slightly familiar with the University of Central Florida.knightnews.com
Former UCF OL Parker Boudreaux signs with WWE, per reports — KnightNews.com
That name is Parker Boudreaux – the Knights’ starting right guard during the 2019-20 season. Fightful.com reported that Boudreaux was seen hanging around the WWE Performance Center, located in Orlando, Florida, backstage during a WWE NXT event. Boudreaux was also seen talking to WWE officials at the WWE Performance Center. https://t.co/TteJneLXXc — Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) April 5, 2020Boudreaux, who missed all of last season with a concussion, was UCF’s starting right guard during the 2019-20 season. Boudreaux was notably named to Pro Football Focus’ National Team of the Week second team after UCF’s win versus Houston in 2019.knightnews.com
UCF football adds strong 2021 class despite staff vacancies — KnightNews.com
Despite not currently having a head coach or athletics director, UCF landed its No. Titus Mokiao-Atimalala, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound wide receiver from Hawaii announced his commitment to UCF on Instagram live on Jan. 30. “Coach (Heupel) called us and asked if I wanted to come over to Tennessee. UCF it is.”https://t.co/qZTGxmxfbu — Brandon Helwig (@UCFSports) January 31, 2021Mokiao-Atimalala ultimately turned that offer down, because he had committed to UCF — not Heupel. With his commitment, Mokiao-Atimalala became just the 14th 4-star in UCF football history.knightnews.com
Josh Heupel leaves for Tennessee, Randy Shannon to serve as interim head coach — KnightNews.com
After being hired last week and tasked with finding a new head coach, Tennessee Director of Athletics Danny White announced UCF’s Josh Heupel will be joining him in Tennessee to fill the role. UCF defensive coordinator Randy Shannon is reported to be the interim head coach in the meantime. “Coach Heupel has compiled an impressive record, and I think Vols fans can look forward to a bright and exciting future,” Plowman said. He was previously an assistant coach and a head coach who captured conference championships at both Oklahoma and UCF — as of Wednesday, he has been named Tennessee’s 27th head football coach. “I am thrilled to be coming to Tennessee,” Heupel said.knightnews.com
New Tennessee coach not deterred by NCAA investigation
New Tennessee NCAA college football head coach Josh Heupel, left, shakes hands with University of Tennessee athletics director Danny White after being presented a jersey speaks during an introductory press conference at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. If anything, I was trying not to hire the coach from UCF.”White hired Heupel on Wednesday as Tennessee's 27th head coach and fifth coach, not counting interim or acting coaches, since the end of the 2008 season. Heupel said he wasn't deterred by the NCAA investigation that started with the firing of Tennessee's last coach, Jeremy Pruitt. “I believe in a very, very bright future for Tennessee football,” Heupel said. White was hired on Jan. 21 and his first job was to find a new coach.
UCF’s winningest head coach dies at 80
UCF’s winningest head coach Gene McDowell has died at the age of 80. QUINCY, Fla. – The University of Central Florida’s winningest head coach Gene McDowell has died at the age of 80. The university said McDowell died Tuesday morning in Quincy. [TRENDING: Great white shark bites boat in Florida | Orange County deputy’s TikTok videos under investigation | Governor touts vaccine rollout]In his run as head coach, UCF played in Division II, Division 1-AA and Division 1. The Waycross, Georgia native played college ball at Florida State University, where he was a linebacker and offensive guard.
SMU Mustangs stampede past Knights to mark 5th straight loss — KnightNews.com
The UCF men’s basketball team fell to the SMU Mustangs 78-65 at home on Saturday, marking the Knights’ fifth straight loss. After a tight first half of play, the Knights were off to a good start, pulling ahead by one point against the Mustangs. UCF made 48% of its shots from the field, while SMU made 50% in the first half. The Knights’ offense couldn’t find a steady rhythm to match the Mustangs defense in the second half. UCF shot 11-of-36 from the field and 5-of-13 from beyond the arc, while the Mustangs shot 16-of-28 from the field and 2-of-7 from 3-point range.knightnews.com
UCF athletic director Danny White leaves for Tennessee
(AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr., File)ORLANDO, Fla. – UCF athletic director Danny White is leaving for the same position at the University of Tennessee. The hiring comes three days after Tennessee fired football coach Jeremy Pruitt and parted with athletics director Philip Fulmer. The White family will always be Knight fans!”#Tennessee announces Danny White as athletic director. UCF Athletics raised more than $35.5 million in gift commitments and $17.4 million in cash gifts during 2019-2020. Cartwright said UCF will begin a nationwide search for a new athletic director immediately.
UCF DB Brandon Moore enters transfer portal, per reports — KnightNews.com
UCF defensive back Brandon Moore has entered his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal as a graduate transfer, Jason Beede with 247 Sports reports. Moore recorded 31 total tackles alongside a forced fumble and fumble recovery in 2017. UCF redshirt senior defensive back Richie Grant said Moore started practicing in pads in mid-October. UCF redshirt senior DB Richie Grant said CB Brandon Moore — who was injured during the season opener against FAMU in Aug. 2019 — started practicing in pads about 2 weeks ago. Moore will cap off his UCF career with 77 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and two interceptions within a 19-game span.knightnews.com
UCF basketball game against Tulane postponed due to COVID-19 issues
ORLANDO, Fla. – The University Central Florida basketball game against Tulane has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues, the team announced on Twitter. [TRENDING: How to get vaccine in Florida | Could $600 checks grow into $2,000 payments? | Fla. child porn suspect had hidden bunker]The Knights announced the team will play later this week, UCF’s next game is on Saturday. The team has not announced a date for the game to be made up. UCF will play against South Florida at 7 p.m. on Jan. 2.
UCF RB Greg McCrae declares for 2021 NFL Draft — KnightNews.com
UCF senior running back Greg McCrae announced on Tuesday he is declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft. “With that being said, I will be declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft to pursue my dreams,” McCrae said. The senior running back ranks fourth all-time at UCF with 28 career touchdowns since 2017, and ranks him fifth all-time at UCF with 2,543 rushing yards. As a sophomore, McCrae scored ten touchdowns and totaled 1,182 yards on the ground on 133 touches with nine touchdowns, he led the team in net rushing yards, yards per carry, rushing touchdowns and rushing yards per game during the Knights’ 2018 season. In the 2019 season, McCrae added nine receptions for 64 yards, averaged 5.4 yards per carry, and contributed 529 rushing yards on 98 attempts with seven rushing touchdowns.knightnews.com
UCF men's basketball falls to No. 6 Houston at home — KnightNews.com
The UCF men’s basketball team was defeated by the No. AdvertisementUCF head coach Johnny Dawkins said after the game the team needed to value the ball more than they did. “… I mean, they’re a really good team, we lost a really good team,” Perry said. “But I think there’s a lot to build on.”The Knights finished the game with 17 turnovers, while Houston finished with 10. First-period stats from the UCF vs Houston game on Dec. 26.knightnews.com
UCF men's basketball upsets No. 15 FSU on the road — KnightNews.com
The UCF men’s basketball team traveled to Tallahassee and beat No. After the game, UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins credited the Knights’ leveled concentration and composure throughout the matchup. The UCF men’s basketball team knocked off No. The UCF men’s basketball team knocked off No. The UCF men’s basketball team knocked off No.knightnews.com
UCF accepts bid to play in bowl game Christmas week
All rights reserved)BOCA RATON, Fla. – The University of Central Florida has accepted a bid to play in the RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl. [TRENDING: ‘Christmas Star’ forming soon | This holiday drone light show is way COOL]The game will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 22 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton. @UCF_Football will play in the Boca Raton Bowl on December 22nd. “Our players and staff are excited to be in this bowl game. @UCF_Football will "likely face" an ACC opponent in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 22nd https://t.co/qtu7QkVrxz — Nathaniel Rivas (@nathanielrivas9) December 7, 2020Florida Atlantic defeated SMU 52-28 in the 2019 Boca Raton game.
Star quarterback McKenzie Milton announces transfer from UCF
ORLANDO, Fla. – UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton is transferring to another school, the star player announced in a video released Thursday. “I will be entering the transfer portal and playing my last year of college football elsewhere,” Milton said in an Instagram post. “I may be suiting up in different colors, but I’ll always bleed Black and Gold.”It’s not known where Milton will play next. In the video, Milton said leaving UCF is “one the hardest things for me to do.”“I’m trying to think of it more logically than emotionally,” he said. Milton thanked UCF Nation in his farewell video.
UCF WR Marlon Williams opts out of bowl game, declares for NFL Draft
UCF senior wide receiver Marlon Williams announced on social media Monday that he has played his last game as a Knight, and is declaring for the NFL Draft. “I hope to continue to make everyone proud as I pursue my lifelong dream of reaching the NFL,” Williams said. He leads the American Athletic Conference in receptions per game and receiving yards per game. During his career as a UCF Knight, the Mobile, Alabama, native caught 157 passes for 2,260 yards and 19 scores, while averaging 14.4 yards per catch. In his statement, Williams thanked UCF head football coach Josh Heupel, wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt, and former head coach Scott Frost.knightnews.com
After much speculation, UCF Knight’s McKenzie Milton won’t play against USF
UCF came out on top 58-46 marking the Knight’s fourth straight win against the Bulls and evening the I-4 rivalry to 6-6. McKenzie Milton throwing long balls in early warmups #WarOnI4 pic.twitter.com/0FklMIgQ9m — Nathaniel Rivas (@nathanielrivas9) November 27, 2020“I definitely knew something was bad right away,” Milton told News 6 in 2019, a few months after the injury. However, Milton told News 6 he was confident he would return to play at the Bounce House again. “When that moment comes, and I definitely think it will, I’m going to soak it in,” Milton said in May. Milton could have another year to play for UCF if he chooses.
UCF Athletics’ financial game plan takes a $14.7 million hit due to COVID-19
ORLANDO, Fla. – The financial game plan for the athletic department of the University of Central Florida is taking a hit due to the coronavirus. School officials said they eliminated plans for hiring 32 full-time positions and 40 additional part-time football game day positions. UCF officials said they are close to hitting a $2 million goal on the Keep Charging on Fund, one million of it came from donated salaries from staff. School officials said they have accounted for a $10-11 million 2021 budget loss and projected a $12.7 million loss in revenue. UCF athletics is also facing $2 million in increased coronavirus related expenses for a total loss of $14.7 million.
UCF men's basketball schedule released; 2,500 spectators allowed — KnightNews.com
The UCF men’s basketball schedule has been released for the 2020-21 season, and home games at Addition Financial Arena will begin with 25% capacity. UCF will host Cincinnati and Tulane in December, welcoming the Bearcats to Addition Financial Arena on Dec. 22 and the Green Wave on Dec. 30. 2020-21 UCF men’s basketball schedule — television selections and game times for conference games will be announced at a later date. In February 2021, UCF will host:Tulsa on Feb. 6Wichita State on Feb. 10USF on Feb. 17Temple on Feb. 27. Home games at Addition Financial Arena will begin with 25% capacity, or 2,500 individuals, UCF Athletics said.knightnews.com
UCF senior RB Greg McCrae reflects, discusses legacy — KnightNews.com
As freshman walk-on, running back Greg McCrae said he couldn’t have imagined he would have such an impact on the UCF football team. McCrae led the team in net rushing yards, yards per carry, rushing touchdowns and rushing yards per game. During his junior year, McCrae played in 10 games, where he started six times at running back, and contributed 529 rushing yards on 98 attempts with seven rushing touchdowns. McCrae holds the career record with a yards-per-carry average of 7.2 per carry — he’s tallied 19 career rushing touchdowns and has 1,862 career rushing yards. McCrae said he’s confident in his character and whatever legacy he leaves here is up for Knight Nation to decide.knightnews.com
UCF vs. Cincinnati: How to watch, stream, listen
All rights reserved)ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Central Florida Knights will play in the team’s biggest game of the season against Cincinnati at the Bounce House at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Cincinnati is a 5.5-point Las Vegas favoriteWhat is the total for the game? Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint KessenichUCF is unranked and is 5-2 while Cincinnati sits as the No. Cincy trails the series 3-2, but the Bearcats defeated UCF 27-24 the last time the teams played against each other. UCF leads the nation in yards per game.
Dillon Gabriel leads Central Florida over Temple 38-13
Dillon Gabriel threw a pair of touchdown passes to Marlon Williams and Central Florida rolled to a 38-13 victory over Temple on Saturday night. Gabriel was 12 of 22 for 268 yards passing without an interception. Greg McCrae had touchdown runs of 7 and 1 yard, and Otis Anderson had a 14-yard scoring run in the first quarter. Tayvon Ruley ran 23 times for 90 yards for Temple (1-5, 1-5). Onasis Neely had a 5-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.
UCF quarterback to enter transfer portal
ORLANDO, Fla. – UCF quarterback Darriel Mack Jr. announced he is stepping away from the Knights program and will enter the transfer portal. I Love You Knight Nation 🖤 pic.twitter.com/Xcm59PMWYe — Darriel Mack Jr ™ (@DJMactastic1) November 11, 2020Mack opted out of the 2020 season. Quarterback Darriel Mack Jr was named Most Outstanding Player by throwing for 348 yards and accounting for SIX touchdowns! #AmericanPow6r pic.twitter.com/CiEh9HLD1o — American Football (@American_FB) December 2, 2018Mack was the quarterback for UCF in the team’s 56-41 American Athletic Conference Championship win against Memphis. He threw for 348 yards, threw for two touchdowns, and rushed for six touchdowns.
UCF vs. Temple: How to watch, stream, listen
All rights reserved)ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Central Florida will host the Temple Owls at the Bounce House at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. UCF is a 24-point Las Vegas favoriteWhat is the total for the game? The total is set at 75.5UCF is 4-2 on the year and Temple is 1-4 this season. Central Florida averages 652 yards a game. Temple is 2-5 against UCF in the series.
UCF dismisses 4 players from football team
ORLANDO, Fla. – University of Central Florida head football coach Josh Heupel announced Wednesday four players have been dismissed from the team. “As of today, there are some young men who are no longer part of our football program. Three other UCF players were in the car at the time, according to the incident report. The university has not identified the players dismissed from the team. Coach Heupel did not say why the players were dismissed from the team.
Crash Landed: UCF Spooks Houston with Road Win
UCF has now won back to back contests after defeating the Houston Cougars 44-21 at TDECU stadium in Houston behind 681 yards of total offense. UCF sophomore quarterback Dillon Gabriel led the charge for the Knights completing 19-of-33 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns. O’Keefe’s elite speed allowed him to catch three passes for 97 yards and two scores in this matchup against Houston. Otis Anderson Jr. (2) rushed for 170 yards and scored two touchdowns in the game against the Houston Cougars on Oct. 31. UCF redshirt senior defensive back Richie Grant (27) intercepted the ball in the fourth quarter of the game and returned it 25 yards.knightnews.com
Gabriel leads potent UCF offense past Houston 44-21
HOUSTON – Dillon Gabriel passed for 328 yards and two touchdowns, UCF rushed for another 300-plus and the balanced, high-octane offense swamped Houston 44-21 on Saturday. Gabriel, who leads the nation in yards passing per game, was 19 of 33 for 328 yards with a pair of TD passes to Ryan O'Keefe. Houston (2-2, 2-1) lost for the first time in conference with Clayton Tune throwing two interceptions that resulted in 14 UCF points. Tune was 21-of-41 passing for 263 yards and a touchdown. Tune capped a quick, 82-yard fourth-quarter drive with a touchdown toss and two-point conversion pass, closing to 37-21 with 4:17 remaining.
‘We have to be better than that:’ UCF coach responds after player arrest
Three other UCF players were in the car, according to the incident report. “I want to make it abundantly clear that the behavior of some of our football players last Thursday was completely inappropriate. That’s not us, that’s not UCF, that’s not UCF Football, and we have to be better than that,” UCF coach Josh Heupel said in a statement. Records show Collier told the investigator he had a gun underneath his seat, which he was told to leave in that location. As of Thursday, Collier is in the middle of an interim suspension process from UCF, according to the report.
Memphis makes historic comeback, defeats UCF
With 19 seconds remaining, UCF sophomore kicker Daniel Obarski could have saved the team that allowed the Memphis Tigers to score 21 points in the fourth quarter, but the 40-yard field goal attempt was unsuccessful. The Tigers completed their largest comeback in program history with 21 points and defeated the Knights 50-49 on Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. https://twitter.com/UCF_Football/status/1317626266984525825?s=20On the Knights’ first drive of the fourth quarter sophomore wide receiver Ryan O’Keefe ran in a 93-yard touchdown off a screen pass from Gabriel to bring UCF to 43-29. UCF sophomore wide receiver Ryan O’Keefe (4) ran in a 93-yard score off a screen pass from sophomore quarterback Dillon Gabriel with just under 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Knights finished with 798 yards of total offense, while the Tigers put up 703 yards.knightnews.com
No. 12 UCF Baseball Falls Short of a Comeback against No. 5 Miami KnightNews.com
The UCF baseball teams rally fell short, as the Knights lost to in-state opponent Miami Hurricanes 3-2 at home on Wednesday night. AdvertisementThe number of fans in attendance was 2,454, according to UCF Baseballs Twitter. UCF redshirt junior Jaylyn Whitehead took the mound for the Knights and went 2 2/3 innings. In the sixth inning, the Hurricanes jumped on UCF junior right-handed pitcher Jack Sinclair. UCF athletic teams will be permitted to hold practices and team activities, according to the news release, but teams will not travel or participate in the competition.knightnews.com
UCF Overcomes Halftime Tie to Defeat SMU
AdvertisementThe Knights struggled offensively in the first quarter but still led 17-6 UCF shot 9-for-10 free-throws and 4-for-10 from field goal range. Overall, Wright scored 22 points in the game. UCF sophomore forward Brittany Smith scored a total of 16 points against SMU while also finding open teammates mid-range. With the win, the Knights improve to 12-8 overall and 4-4 in conference play and are ranked No. The Mustangs fall to 9-11 overall and 3-5 in conference play with the loss.knightnews.com
UCF Equipment Gets More Recognition with Helmet of the Year Nomination KnightNews.com
The UCF football team was able to get the entire campus excited for their matchup against the Houston Cougars ahead of the Nov. 2, 2019 Space Game in with its announcement of the returning space-themed uniforms. These uniforms showed not only to be a popular topic in college football but secured the Uniswag No. Advertisementhttps://twitter.com/UCF_Football/status/1191464719766278145?s=20Just this month, the same space-themed game threads got even more recognition as it won Uniform Authoritys Best Uniform of the 2019 College Football Season. AdvertisementThe Knights have another chance to show their college football uniform dominance as they have been nominated as one of eight contestants for Uniswags Helmet of the Year. https://twitter.com/UCF_Football/status/1218723875531436032?s=20Voting for Helmet of the Year began Tuesday and ran through Thursday.knightnews.com
Motorcycle club gives $1K to Palm Coast firefighters fund
The Knights of the Inferno Motorcycle Club, Palm Coast Chapter 1, recently Dec. 18 presented a check for $1,000 to the Palm Coast Firefighters Benevolent Fund. The Knights of the Inferno Motorcycle Club, Palm Coast Chapter 1, recently presented a check for $1,000 to the Palm Coast Firefighters Benevolent Fund. The money will be used to buy protective gear for firefighters to be used during active shooter situations if one should arise. The presentation was made at Fire Station 22. The check was presented by club president Joe Vece to union president and firefighter Patrick Patrick J Juliano.news-journalonline.com
UCF vs. Tulsa: How to watch, stream, listen
Associated PressTULSA, Okla. - The University of Central Florida is a three-score Las Vegas favorite to win it's road game against Tulsa at 7 p.m. on Friday. UCF is on a three-game win streak while Tulsa has lost its last five games. The Knights have yet to win a game in Tulsa. UCF is averaging 551 yards a game and 46.3 points a game. The total for points scored between both teams has been set at 69.5.Who does UCF play in Week 12?
Gabriel rallies UCF past Houston 44-29
ORLANDO, Fla. - Dillon Gabriel passed for 298 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Tre Nixon, and ran for a score as Central Florida dominated the second half and beat Houston 44-29 on Saturday. Houston jumped out to a 10-0 lead on Mulbah Car's 37-yard TD run and a 45-yard field goal by Dalton Witherspoon. Gabriel scored on a 22-yard run midway through the second quarter to put the Knights up 21-17, but Witherspoon kicked two field goals in the final 4 minutes and Houston (3-6, 1-4) took a 23-21 lead into halftime. Bentavious Thompson scored on a 43-yard run, Gabriel and Nixon hooked up for a 34-yard score and Thompson added a 2-yard TD run for a 42-23 lead heading into the final quarter. Clayton Tune completed 18 of 30 passes for 179 yards with one TD and one interception for the Cougars.