Sept. 17, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Doug Richards
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Recently, Tristan Spurlock has struggled to fall asleep each night, but evening study sessions and late-night episodes of Law & Order are not to blame. With UCF's 2013-14 season quickly approaching, the forward is filled with anticipation for his senior year and the Knights' inaugural campaign in the American Athletic Conference.
"I am obsessed. I have been talking to (athletic trainer Andy Reber) about how to get better sleep," Spurlock said. "That is all that I have been thinking about. I have never been so anxious for something. Just knowing the type of schedule that we are going to have, and just being a senior is big. I cannot even describe it."
With the departure of Keith Clanton, the vocal Spurlock, who averaged 11.4 points and 5.8 rebounds last season, has taken a leadership role this fall, helping UCF's eight underclassmen get ready for a daunting schedule that includes defending national champion Louisville, UConn, Memphis, Temple, Cincinnati and Florida State.
"It is more of a focus," he said of his mentoring. "We just want to make sure that everything is going right. As much as I need to make sure that I am ready, I am bringing other guys along too. Everybody has to be ready. Everybody has to be focused. Everybody has to contribute."
The team is still participating in individual workout sessions and will have its first full practice on Sept. 27. Still, it is a good bet that Spurlock will still have trouble getting rest in advance of the Nov. 8 season opener.
"I am up way too late," he joked. "I've got to get more sleep."