Days Four and Five in Paradise
HONOLULU - The UCF football team spent the last two days in Hawaii enjoying their time away from the football field. On Wednesday, UCF practiced in the morning for 90 minutes before having the day off to enjoy some time in the sun. Several members of the team went to a Hawaiian Water Park while plenty of Golden Knights were found relaxing on Waikiki Beach.
Wednesday evening, the team was treated to a barbeque on the Sheraton Waikiki lawn. The team ate hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, chicken and a variety of salads along with plenty of tasty treats to choose from.
Thursday morning, the team was back on the practice field for a brief one-hour practice. At the conclusion of the workout, head coach George O'Leary had the offense and defense form a tunnel to greet the seniors one final time off the practice field. UCF's 13 seniors shook hands with their teammates as they ran off the practice field for the last time.
The team enjoyed lunch at Hilo Hattie, the official store of Hawaii. The team had another good meal, with chicken, ribs, white rice, potato and macaroni salad and a garden salad on the menu.
Following lunch, the Golden Knights had an opportunity to shop at Hilo Hattie and purchase souvenirs from their trip to the Hawaiian Islands.
Five Golden Knights had a special opportunity Thursday afternoon to visit children at the Shriners Hospital in Honolulu. Seniors Frisner Nelson, Anthony Willis, Matt Prater, James Cook and Darcy Johnson had an opportunity to deliver gifts to the children at the hospital.
Thursday night the Golden Knights will gather for a team photo on the lawn of the Sheraton Waikiki before heading to the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Kickoff Banquet, at the Sheraton Waikiki.
UCF closes out the week Friday afternoon with its first visit to Aloha Stadium for a walk-thru. The team is scheduled to eat lunch at Outback Steakhouse prior to the walk-thru.
UCF meets Nevada in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET (3:30 Hawaii time) in its first-ever bowl appearance. ESPN will televise the game live to a national audience.