Sept. 23, 2012
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Brian Ormiston
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - With the bye week now in the past, UCF sets its sights on its final non-conference game of 2012 when it welcomes Missouri to campus Saturday at 12 p.m. The game against the Tigers marks the first time the Knights host a school from the SEC.
UCF Game Notes
Saturday - Orlando, Fla. - 12 p.m.
Missouri - 2-2 Overall, 0-2 SEC
UCF - 2-1 Overall, 0-0 C-USA
Bright House Networks Stadium (45,323)
740-AM - Orlando
540-AM - Maitland
1350-AM - Clearwater
1340-AM - Daytona Beach
770-AM - Fort Myers
FOX Sports Networks (FS Florida)
Saturday's contest will be Military Appreciation Day as well as Social Media Day at the stadium.
UCF holds a 2-13 record vs. SEC teams, including a 40-38 win at Alabama in 2000 and a 10-6 victory vs. Georgia in the 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
The Knights have played the following SEC schools: Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Carolina.
UCF is 1-0 vs. schools from the Show Me State as it defeated Northwest Missouri State, 45-3, in Orlando in 1987.
The current 4-game homestand is UCF's longest since 1999.
In its first year in the SEC, Missouri stands at 2-2 on the year and 0-2 in conference play. Sept. 22 marked the Tigers' first road game of 2012, and they suffered a 31-10 loss at South Carolina.
While the head coach at Toledo, Gary Pinkel lost both games of a home-and-home with UCF in 1997-98.
Missouri is second in the country with eight fumble recoveries and has a plus-7 (12-5) turnover margin. Linebacker Andrew Wilson has four forced fumbles to lead all FBS players.
James Franklin is 49-for-80 (61.3) passing with three TD and one INT, while Corbin Berkstresser is 33-for-54 (61.1) with two TD and one INT. RB Kendial Lawrence is averaging 6.5 yards per carry.
If UCF can grab a win vs. Missouri, it would be the first time since joining a conference in 2002 that it racks up three non-conference wins.
It also would be the first time dating back to the 2007 C-USA championship season in which the Black and Gold opened a season with a 3-1 record.
Meanwhile, a Knights' victory would be C-USA's first home win vs. an SEC school since Louisville beat Kentucky in 2004 (from 2005-12 there have been 14 C-USA home games vs. the SEC). Dating back to 2005 and its first year under the current makeup of the league, C-USA is 4-55 vs. current SEC programs (UCF is 1-3). The Knights have a neutral-site win over Georgia in 2010, while Mississippi State has lost the other three times to C-USA schools, all in Starkville.
COACH TO CURE MD PROGRAM
College coaches nationwide will join together in support of the Coach To Cure MD program Saturday. The effort has raised more than a million dollars to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy. AFCA members will wear a Coach To Cure MD logo patch.
Fans can donate to Duchenne muscular dystrophy research by going online to CoachtoCureMD.org.
MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY NOTES
UCF junior walk-on offensive lineman Kelly Davison spent five years as a Marine starting in 2004.
Campus Landmark Honors Veterans: The Veterans Commemorative Site landmark on Memory Mall honors the dedicated service and sacrifice of all veterans. UCF student Evelyn Tonn's idea led to the site's construction in 2010. Her goal: honor those "fighting for our freedom to learn."
An 80-foot pole flying a U.S. flag is surrounded by a cast-bronze circle with five horizontal marble columns. Each column features a seal of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force or Marines. The site symbolizes the branches working together.
A Leader in Research Helping Our Troops: Innovative virtual reality PTSD treatment program helps reduce soldiers' fear, nightmares by exposure to sights, sounds, smells of war. Smells such as "weapon fire," "body odor" and "foreign spices" create more realistic war-zone experiences of Iraq, Afghanistan.
Army-funded program available free for active-duty military personnel and veterans from all branches who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Psychology professor Deborah Beidel's goal: Help patients adjust to life at home and connect better with family and friends.
Military-Friendly University: G.I. Jobs magazine ranks UCF as a "military friendly" school for offering student veterans an outstanding education, value and support. UCF's Veterans Academic Resource Center is a one-stop shop for student veterans for advising, counseling, career services and more.
TAKING ON TOP TEAMS
Having Missouri and Ohio State on this year's schedule, UCF will have played at least two schools from automatically-qualifying BCS conferences in 16 of 17 seasons since moving up to the FBS in 1996.
All four 2012 non-conference opponents hail from FBS conferences: Missouri (SEC), Ohio State (Big 10), Akron (MAC) and FIU (Sun Belt).
With Missouri coming to town, the Knights will have hosted at least one school from an AQ conference every year since the 2006 season, and eight of nine seasons under head coach George O'Leary.
Saturday's game is one of just 10 this year in which an SEC team goes on the road for a non-conference game.
SIX THROUGH THE AIR
With nine already in 2012, UCF is averaging three touchdown passes per game.
Highest average of TD passes per game in UCF history:
Season - TD - Games - Average
1) 2012 - 9 - 3 - 3.00
2) 1992 - 29 - 10 - 2.90
3) 1998 - 29 - 11 - 2.64
4) 2002 - 31 - 12 - 2.58
T5) 2000 - 27 - 11 - 2.45
T5) 1994 - 27 - 11 - 2.45
Starting quarterback Blake Bortles has seven of those nine scoring strikes, while Tyler Gabbert and Jeff Godfrey each have one. The last time three players had at least one TD pass in a season was 2010.
Most total passing touchdowns in the first three games of a season:
Season - Passing TDS Through 3 Games
T1) 2012 - 9
T1) 1992 - 9
T1) 1980 - 9
T4) 1998 - 8
T4) 1984 - 8
FINDING THE RECEIVERS
UCF is completing passes at a 65.2 percent clip this year. In 2010 it finished with a 64.5 completion percentage and in 2011 it boasted a 67.9 mark.
The Knights have never had three-consecutive seasons in which they completed at least 60.0 percent of their passes.
THE PRIDE OF OVIEDO
In his first year as the starting quarterback, sophomore Blake Bortles is already approaching his season statistics he had as a backup in 2011.
Comparing Bortles from 2011 to 2012:
Season - GP-GS - C-A-I - PCT - YDS - TD - EFF
2011 - 10-0 - 75-110-3 - 68.2 - 958 - 6 - 153.88
2012 - 3-3 - 58-87-5 - 66.7 - 668 - 7 - 146.22
Bortles was 25-for-41 at Ohio State, marking the first time since Brett Hodges (23-for-45) vs. Marshall in 2009 in which a QB had at least 40 pass attempts.
Junior Jeff Godfrey demonstrated his versatility in the win over FIU Sept. 15.
In his first year as a wide receiver, the Miami native caught three passes for 26 yards, rushed twice for 19 yards and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
Godfrey, who already ranks eighth all-time with 19 rushing touchdowns, is searching for his first rushing and receiving TD this year. If he can get one of each, he would become the fourth player in school history with a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in the same season.
CONVERTING THIRD DOWNS
So far, the Black and Gold is converting on 53.7 percent of its third downs (22-of-41). The UCF single-season record is 54.0 in 1998.
A total of 19 of UCF's 41 third downs have occurred when it needs just four yards or less.
Breaking down UCF's third-down conversions:
1-4 Yards To Go - 5-9 YTG - 10+ YTG
15-of-19 - 6-of-14 - 1-of-8
The Knights are 12th in the FBS in third downs.
SOPHOMORES STEPPING UP
While UCF may have a sophomore signal caller in Blake Bortles, four other sophomores are shining on offense.
Three sophomores lead UCF in all-purpose yards:
Player - Breakdown - All-Purpose Total
WR Rannell Hall - 197 REC, 178 KR - 375 Yards
WR J.J. Worton - 190 REC, 128 PR - 318 Yards
RB Storm Johnson - 187 RUSH, 20 REC - 207 Yards
Classmate Torrian Wilson is anchoring the left tackle position after a freshman campaign in which he had four starts at that spot. The offensive line this year has yielded just four sacks.
LOCATE NO. 9
J.J. Worton has amassed 12 catches for 190 yards and a touchdown in his last two games after not having a reception at Akron.
Worton's top games as a Knight since 2011:
Opponent - Date - Stats
at USM - Nov. 12, 2011 - 11-114-1 TD
at OSU - Sept. 8, 2012 - 7-96-0 TD
vs FIU - Sept. 15, 2012 - 5-94-1 TD
vs MEM - Oct. 29, 2011 - 5-43-0 TD
at SMU - Oct. 15, 2011 - 5-32-1 TD
Meanwhile, Worton ranks first in C-USA and 21st in the nation by averaging 16.00 yards per punt return.
SENIOR PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF
Defensive end Troy Davis came into 2012 leading all returning Knights with 10.5-career sacks. In 2011, he posted 5.0 sacks, all in the final five games of the year.
This season, the Georgia native has 2.5 sacks through three contests, giving him 7.5 sacks in UCF's last eight games combined.
That is highlighted by a pair of sacks in the victory over FIU which featured Davis tying a school record with two forced fumbles. It was the 10th time since the program's inception in 1979 that a Knight forced two fumbles in a game.
Davis' game-by-game numbers in the last eight contests:
OPP - Date - TACK - TFL - SACK - FF
Memphis - 10/29/11 - 1-2-3 - 2.0 - 1.0 - 0
Tulsa - 11/3/11 - 2-1-3 - 0.0 - 0.0 - 0
at USM - 11/12/11 - 1-1-2 - 1.5 - 1.0 - 0
at ECU - 11/19/11 - 2-2-4 - 1.0 - 1.0 - 0
UTEP - 11/25/11 - 4-0-4 - 2.0 - 2.0 - 1
at Akron - 8/30/12 - 0-0-0 - 0.0 - 0.0 - 0
at OSU - 9/8/12 - 3-4-7 - 2.0 - 0.5 - 0
FIU - 9/15/12 - 4-3-7 - 2.0 2.0 - 2
Totals - 8 Games - 17-13-30 - 10.5 - 7.5 - 3
CALL A PLUMMER
Sophomore middle linebacker Terrance Plummer finished with 15 tackles at Ohio State and then added 11 more vs. FIU.
Plummer is the first freshman or sophomore since 2005 to have at least 10 tackles in back-to-back games. Toward the end of 2005, redshirt freshman strong safety Jason Venson produced 12 tackles at UAB, then followed it up with 15 tackles at Rice.
A native of Orange Park, Plummer had only 17 tackles in 10 games (one start) as a true freshman in 2011.
He leads the UCF defense in 2012 with 33 tackles, and is on pace to finish with 132 tackles during the regular season, which would rank seventh on the single-season chart (record is 150 by Darrell Rudd in 1983).
Plummer ranks tied for ninth in the country by averaging 11.0 tackles per game.
ISHMAEL INCHES CLOSER
With 27 in 2012, senior free safety Kemal Ishmael now has 271 career tackles as a Knight.
The Miami native needs just eight tackles to tie Cory Hogue (2006-09) for 10th on the UCF all-time list.
Ishmael is on pace for 108 tackles in the regular season. That would give him 352 in a Black and Gold uniform and fourth in the record book. The record stands at 443 by Rick Hamilton from 1989-92.
Safety Jason Venson holds the record for most tackles by a defensive back when he racked up 322 from 2005-08.
THE TURNOVER UPDATE
In the opener at Akron, the Knights recovered three fumbles and notched an interception for four total turnovers.
UCF last forced four turnovers at Tulane Nov. 20, 2010.
One week later at Ohio State, UCF recovered both of OSU's fumbles and also added an interception.
In all, the Knights have forced eight fumbles and recovered six, while also picking off two passes.
Fumble recoveries since 2003:
Season - Games - Fumbles Recovered
2003 - 12 - 7
2004 - 11 - 9
2005 - 13 - 13
2006 - 12 - 2
2007 - 14 - 4
2008 - 12 - 8
2009 - 13 - 16
2010 - 14 - 6
2011 - 12 - 6
2012 - 3 - 6
QBs HAVING FITS WITH UCF'S DBs
UCF surrendered just 155 passing yards vs. Ohio State. The Buckeyes' longest pass of the day was only 15 yards.
The last time the Knights did not give up a pass completion of at least 15 yards was vs. Tulane Nov. 21, 2009, when the Green Wave's longest reception was 14 yards.
One week later, UCF gave up only 154 passing yards to FIU, as the Panthers were 13-for-29 on the day.
UCF stands first in C-USA this year in pass efficiency defense with a 110.85 mark.
Last year, the defensive backs opened the season in incredible fashion by not allowing over 150 passing yards until the sixth game of the year. UCF finished 2011 by ranking 23rd in the nation in pass defense.
THIRD AND FOURTH DOWN NUMBERS
Opponents are converting 34.1 percent of its third-down chances in 2012 (UCF's offense stands at 53.7).
The low percentage is helped by the fact that teams are typically faced with 3rd-and-long situations compared to 3rd-and-short.
Breaking down opponents' third-down conversions vs. the UCF defense:
1-4 Yards To Go - 5-9 YTG - 10+ YTG
7-of-12 - 4-of-15 - 4-of-17
Last year, UCF's third-down defense was at 31.5 percent.
Meanwhile, teams have gone for it on fourth down against the Knights 10 times and achieved the first down on five occasions.
Only three other teams' defenses have faced more fourth-down attempts: Northern Illinois 7-of-13, Wisconsin 7-of-12, Arkansas 7-of-11.
Special Teams Notes
DROPPING THEM IN
In his first year as a punter, senior Jamie Boyle has placed eight of 12 punts (66.7 percent) inside the 20 with no touchbacks.
Since UCF joined the FBS in 1996, the highest percentage of punts landing inside the 20 was 40.7 in 1998 (11 of 27). That also was the last time the Knights had at least 40.0 percent of their punts drop inside the opponents' 20 yard line.
THE PUNT RETURN GAME
Due to Jamie Boyle's punting efforts, only three of his 12 punts have been returned this year for a total of minus-6 yards, making UCF first in the country in punt return defense. Missouri enters Saturday ranked fourth in punt returns with a 23.18 average.
NCAA leaders in punt return defense:
School - Punts/Returns - Punt Ret. Yards - Average
1) UCF - 12/3, -6, -2.00
T2) LSU - 19/4, -4, -1.00
T2) SDSU - 13/1, -1, -1.00
4) Miss. St. - 16/4, -1, -0.25
5) Kansas - 18/6, -1, -0.17
On average, UCF is starting drives at its own 37-yard line, while opponents are beginning on their own 26.
DOUBLE DOSE OF RETURNERS
Senior Quincy McDuffie and sophomore Rannell Hall both rank in UCF's all-time top 10 in kick returns and kick return yards.
McDuffie has 75 returns to rank in a tie for third, while Hall has 31 attempts. The UCF record stands at 89 by Ted Wilson from 1983-86.
In terms of yards, McDuffie is second with 1,952, and Hall sits in eighth with 892. Wilson also owns that record with 2,121 kick return yards.