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Curtis Francis

Curtis Francis

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Green Cove Springs, Fla.

High School:
Clay

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 189

Position:
Tailback

Eligibility:
Senior

2007: Picked up a tackle in a victory at NC State (Sept. 1) ... Finished the Texas game (Sept. 15) with a pair of solo tackles ... Come on as a running back for the first time since 2005, rushing for 20 yards on five attempts vs. Memphis (Sept. 22) ... Set career-highs with nine carries and 71 yards rushing, including a long of 27, vs. Louisiana (Sept. 29) ... Also had a tackle and two kickoff returns for 55 yards against the Ragin' Cajuns ... Scored first collegiate touchdown by running back the opening kickoff at East Carolina (Oct. 6) 93 yards into the endzone, becoming the first Knight since 1997 to return a kickoff for a score ... Completed the evening vs. the Pirates with five returns for a career-high 203 yards, which was the second-most in program history ... Rushed for 34 yards on five carries against USF (Oct. 13), and also had 184 yards on seven kickoff returns ... Had eight yards on the ground on four rushes vs. Tulsa (Oct. 20) ... Collected 27 yards on two kickoff returns and had one rush for four yards at Southern Miss (Oct. 28) ... Racked up 80 yards on three kickoff returns, and also had two yards rushing vs. Marshall (Nov. 3) ... Rushed for first career touchdown on a 51-yard scamper in the third quarter at UAB (Nov. 10) ... Finished the win over the Blazers with 57 yards on three carries ... Posted a kick return of 42 yards in a win at SMU (Nov. 17) ... Rushed for seven yards on three carries, and had one kickoff return of 38 yards against UTEP (Nov. 24).

2006: Saw action in all 12 games as the team's primary kick returner ... Netted 434 yards in returns, including a season-best 112-yard effort at Marshall (Oct. 4) ... Posted a return of 59 yards against Pitt (Oct. 13) ... Became the sixth Knight in school history to surpass the 1,000-yard career mark (53 for 1,031) in returns in the homecoming contest with East Carolina (Nov. 4).

2005: Appeared in 13 games, mostly on special teams ... 23 kick returns for 430 yards (18.7 yard average) ... long return of 28 yards ... two carries for no yards at tailback.

2004: Appeared in all 11 games as a reserve ... made collegiate debut at No. 21 Wisconsin (Sept. 4) ... totaled one reception for one yard ... two carries for seven yards vs. No. 10 West Virginia (Sept. 11) ... four kickoff returns for 86 yards at Buffalo (Oct. 4) ... long return of 27 yards ... three carries for 22 yards at Miami (Oct. 23) ... returned two kickoffs for 32 yards.

High School: Three-year letterwinner at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs ... coached by Jim Reape ... second-team All-First Coast selection ... rushed for 1,663 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior ... also threw a touchdown pass ... accounted for 600 yards in 10 playoff quarters ... named team's offensive MVP as a senior ... Fox 30 and Jacksonville Quarterback Club Player of the Week as a senior ... played in the 15th annual Shrine Bowl game ... four-year letterwinner in track who excelled in the long jump and high jump ... finished first in the state in the long jump with a jump of 23 feet and fifth in the high jump with a leap of 6-8.

Personal: Francis is the son of Cornell and Loquita Francis ... a radio/television major ... brother Cornell lettered at tailback for UCF from 1992-94.

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