Dec. 14, 2010
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By Leigh Torbin
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF true freshman quarterback Jeff Godfrey (Miami, Fla. / Miami Central) was named to the Freshman All-America second team on Tuesday by Phil Steele Publications while also picking up an honorable mention Freshman All-America award from CollegeFootballNews.com.
Just a true freshman, Godfrey ranks eighth in the nation in passing efficiency at 165.28, trailing only seven elite quarterbacks who have all had teams ranked in the top-10 this year (Cam Newton, Kellen Moore, Ryan Mallett, Scott Tolzien, Andy Dalton, Greg McElroy and Andrew Luck). Godfrey's completion percentage of 68.4-percent ranks sixth nationally and is not far off of the NCAA freshman record of 69.4-percent set by Kellen Morre of Boise State in 2008. Godfrey, who recorded a 9-2 record as a starter and was 8-1 against C-USA foes, also can use his feet. He has 546 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the year. The 10 rushing scores trails only Nebraska's Taylor Martinez amongst all freshmen signal callers nationally and tops all true freshmen.
In leading UCF to a Conference USA Championship Game victory over SMU on Dec. 4, Godfrey became the first true freshman quarterback to ever win a FBS conference championship game while his completion percentage of 78.9 is the second best ever in a championship game, trailing only the 82.4-mark posted by junior Vince Young of Texas in the 2005 Big 12 Championship Game. Last week, Godfrey became the second Knight to receive Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors, joining Kevin Smith (2005).
No. 24 UCF will face Georgia on Dec. 31 in Memphis in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. For all of the latest bowl game ticket and travel information, head to UCFBowl.com or call the UCF Athletics ticket office at (407) 823-1000. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl will match Godfrey and Georgia redshirt freshman Aaron Murray who was also named a Freshman All-America today.