Knights Hold First Scrimmage of Spring Camp



March 23, 2013

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - The UCF coaching staff have a lot more film to watch after the Knights conducted their first scrimmage of spring camp Saturday. Excluding the Spring Game, the session also marked the only afternoon practice of the spring.

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"I was happy with some of those individual kids. (Justin) Holman really can throw the ball and (Pete) DiNovo did a nice job of putting the ball out there," head coach George O'Leary said. "I thought the kids gave good effort and we came out of it injury free which is what I look at. (It was) the first time we scrimmaged with them as far as coaches off the field, and I thought they handed it well from a signal standpoint and just the huddle presence."

On the very first drive of the day, quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Storm Johnson methodically drove the length of the field, which set the tone for the offense Saturday. One of the biggest plays came on a 70-yard scoring strike from DiNovo to Jeff Godfrey, where the receiver broke a tackle across midfield en route to the endzone.

"I feel like I've got to read my holes better," Johnson said. "I come in and watch film all the time just to know how the line blocks. It's getting better but I think I've got a long way to go. But that's what the spring is for."

Over on defense, outside linebacker Troy Gray produced in the redzone, breaking up a sure touchdown pass at the goal line. And on special teams, placekicker Sean Galvin connected on his first three field-goal attempts.

The Black and Gold will get back to work Tuesday for the start of week three at 10 a.m. This year's Spring Game will take place Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m. at Bright House Networks Stadium, and tickets are currently on sale.

Plan your game days with the Knights, and experience one of the best schedules in program history in the best available seat locations at Bright House Networks Stadium. 2013 season tickets start at $99. To secure your UCF football season tickets, visit or call 407-UCF-1000.



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