Fleming named defensive coordinator, Mogridge and Summers join the staff for 2012.
Danny Barrett joined the UCF coaching staff in February 2011 as the Knights' running backs coach, and enters his fourth year in 2014. A former head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Barrett is one of three members of the UCF staff who has been a head coach on the professional or collegiate level, joining O'Leary and offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe, who led The Citadel along with the Montreal Alouettes and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The 2013 season witnessed UCF set numerous firsts, including winning 12 games, posting two victories over top-10 programs, ranking No. 10 in the final AP Poll and earning the American Athletic Conference championship as well as a victory in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Barrett's top two running backs in 2013 both claimed The American's spots on the league's postseason teams as Storm Johnson was named to the first team and true freshman William Stanback was on the second team. Johnson pounded out 1,139 yards with 14 touchdowns, becoming the eighth different Knight in school history to reach the 1,000-yard mark. Overall, UCF racked up 28 rushing touchdowns.
Due to his breakout performance, Johnson went on to be selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft as he was taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Mentoring Doak Walker Award Watch List member Latavius Murray, Barrett and the ground game delivered in a big way in 2012 as UCF went 10-4 and claimed the C-USA East Division as well as a win in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl. The Knights had 33 rushing touchdowns, good for fourth all-time, and averaged 181.8 yards per game. Voted on to the All-C-USA First Team, Murray led C-USA with a 100.5 average and had 1,106 yards overall, marking the ninth time UCF produced a 1,000-yard back. And Murray accomplished the feat after missing 3.5 games.
Murray became the first player in school history to have a rushing touchdown in nine-straight games when he did so in 2012. He did not lose a fumble in his final 407 carries of his career, and only fumbled three times from 2008-12.
When the 2013 NFL Draft rolled around, it was no surprise that Murray heard his name called, taken in the sixth round by the Oakland Raiders.
UCF had several options on the ground in 2011, with five players rushing for at least 100 yards, and the Knights recording 27 rushing touchdowns. Overall, the Black and Gold averaged 168.8 rushing yards a game, the third-highest average since UCF joined the FBS in 1996. In the final game of the season, team MVP Murray raced for 233 yards and two rushing touchdowns vs. UTEP. The 233 yards marked the fourth-best rushing day in school history, and went on to be a finalist for the National Running Back Performance of the Year presented by Intersport.
Barrett spent the 2010 season at Bethune-Cookman where he helped the Wildcats to a 10-2 record, a share of the MEAC championship and a spot in the Football Championship Series postseason as the team's quarterbacks coach. B-CU was second in the nation for the FCS in scoring offense at 38.17 points per game and 12th in total offense with 425.58 yards per game in 2010. Barrett came to Daytona Beach after three years as an assistant coach under Turner Gill at Buffalo, a run that reached a historical peak in 2008 when the Bulls won their first MAC championship and played in the International Bowl, UB's first-ever bowl appearance.
Following an honorable mention All-America playing career at Cincinnati, the Boynton Beach native and Lake Worth High School graduate headed north to Canada where he had remained until returning to the U.S at Buffalo. Barrett amassed 23,419 career passing yards in a 15-year CFL playing career with Calgary, Toronto, B.C. and Ottawa. Twice Barrett led his team to the Grey Cup finals coming with the 1987 Toronto Argonauts and 1991 Calgary Stampeders.
After serving as the quarterbacks coach for Calgary, where he mentored future NFL Pro Bowl pick Jeff Garcia, and B.C., Barrett took over the reigns of Saskatchewan from 2000-06. As the Roughriders' head coach and assistant general manager, Barrett's teams advanced to the playoffs for five-consecutive seasons from 2002-06, reaching the West Division final three times.