Geathers Gathers American Award

Dec. 9, 2013

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By Andy Seeley

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – UCF junior Clayton Geathers has earned American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Geathers had a game- and team-high nine tackles to go with a forced fumble, an interception and a pass breakup to key UCF’s defense in a 17-13 win at SMU, helping the Knights win the outright American Athletic Conference title.

Geathers, whose interception came midway through in the fourth quarter as the Mustangs looked to take a late lead, helped limit SMU’s league-leading passing offense to 235 yards - 116 yards below its average. Geathers finished the regular season with 90 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass breakups.

The weekly award for the conference champion Knights pushed their total to nine (see below for details) for the season, most of any American Athletic Conference team.

UCF Football's Weekly Honors From The American
LB Terrance Plummer - Defensive - Sept. 2
QB Blake Bortles - Offensive - Sept. 16
LB Terrance Plummer - Defensive - Oct. 7
RB Storm Johnson - Offensive - Oct. 21
PK Shawn Moffitt - Special Teams - Oct. 28
FS Brandon Alexander - Defensive - Nov. 11
WR J.J. Worton - Offensive - Nov. 18  
KR Rannell Hall – Special Teams – Dec. 2
SS Clayton Geathers – Defensive – Dec. 9

In addition to Geathers’ accolade, the conference recognized junior quarterback Blake Bortles on its weekly honor roll. Bortles rushed for two scores and completed 24-of-35 pass attempts for 242 yards in UCF’s victory over SMU.

Rannell Hall also garnered accolades as the National Kickoff Returner of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA). He returned four kickoffs for 90 yards, including a long of 30 vs. the Mustangs. Geathers was also named an honorable mention defensive back of the week by the CFPA.

No. 15 UCF has completed its regular season and will soon begin preparations for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, where it will face No. 6 Baylor on Jan. 1, 2014 in Glendale, Ariz. The Knights are 11-1 overall and finished American Athletic Conference play with an unblemished 8-0 mark.

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