ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Fabulous Florida weather greeted UCF Wednesday when it officially opened 2013 spring camp on campus. It was the first of 15 practices for the Knights, as they will hold sessions three days a week leading up to the annual Spring Game April 13.
"It's always good to get out and see the ball being passed and guys running around," head coach George O'Leary said. "We're trying to get a bunch of installation in the first couple of days with no pads on and just the helmets, and seeing what the kids retained from last year and what the young kids can retain. The spring is an evaluation. You want to leave fundamentally sound in what you want to get done on offense, defense and the kicking game."
A large contingent of media was on hand to cover Wednesday's practice, including WESH-2, WFTV-9, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today, Central Florida Future, UCFSports.com and NBC Sports Talk 1080.
The Knights went at it for about two hours on the practice fields, highlighted by an extensive individual drill session at the beginning of the morning. They also had a five-minute individual drill workout to finish off the day.
"It was fun to get back out on the field," quarterback Blake Bortles said. "We've got a small but great group of seniors that are doing a great job. ... And after getting a year of starting under my belt, I feel it's part of my duty to help the younger kids learn the offense."
A sophomore starter last year as well, middle linebacker Terrance Plummer also understands one of his new roles will be to guide some of the young players on defense.
"It was a perfect day to play football with great weather," Plummer said. "We've been working so hard during this offseason, just to be out there that first day even though we don't have pads or anything, it feels good. I was a young guy last year ... and now I'm kind of like a veteran and will try and show the young guys how we do things at UCF."
The Black and Gold returns to the practice field Friday at 10 a.m.
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