Buscemi Thrilled to Be Back at His Alma Mater



March 21, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - For the third-consecutive practice, UCF donned the full pads Thursday as it continued week two of spring camp. Before the first whistle, the Knights were outside getting warmed up for practice before head coach George O'Leary sent the squad inside Nicholson Fieldhouse.

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Wednesday marked the first practice of the spring under the roof. One member of the Knights who was experiencing his first session inside Nicholson Fieldhouse as a member of the coaching staff was Mike Buscemi. In his first year coordinating the special teams and leading the tight ends, Buscemi earned his degree from UCF in 2006.

"Coming back here with coach (Charlie) Taaffe and coach (Brent) Key, and being back around coach O'Leary and how he runs his program, it's just been amazing," Buscemi said. "You're talking about a school that I love. I went here, I played here. It was anything and everything that I can imagine. It just feels great. It feels like I'm back home."

This spring, Buscemi has been spending most of his time working with the kickers and long snappers.

"He knows what's expected," Coach O'Leary said. "He continues working with the kickers, and I thought for this time of year they are making good contact on the ball which is what you've got to continue to do."

UCF's next practice will be held Saturday at 1 p.m., which will be the final session of week two. The annual UCF Spring Game is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m.

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