Bowlin' in the BCS No. 4 - Offense Takes the Stage



Dec. 28, 2013

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By Andy Seeley, Chip Fontanazza and Brian Ormiston

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ( - The best defense is a good offense. That age-old adage was a primary theme when UCF offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe, quarterback Blake Bortles, running back Storm Johnson and linemen Jordan McCray and Justin McCray met with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl media contingent Saturday morning at the Camelback Inn.

Baylor's quick-strike offense leads the nation in scoring and total yardage. Numerous questions from the press conference centered around ball control and time of possession.

"We've been that kind of team, philosophically," Taaffe said. "Coach O'Leary keeps a statistic ... when we win the time of possession, our winning statistic is good. But we have to make first downs. Whether we control the possession time or not, obviously we have to stay on the field and score points. But (Baylor is) a prolific offensive football team, and we have to certainly do our part to help out."

Johnson said there is no added emphasis regarding ball control for this game.

"I wouldn't say 'pressure' (to remain on the field)," Johnson said. "I would say we need to do our jobs, bring our A game, not have any lapses. I feel like our team is going to be ready to play. Our coaches will be sure of that."

Taaffe is thankful he has personnel that often allows the Knights to accomplish their offensive goals.

"We feel we have pretty good speed at wide receiver," Taaffe said. "Blake has really blossomed this year in his second year as a starter at quarterback. We have an outstanding running back in Storm Johnson, and William Stanback, who has played a lot of football this year. We try to spread it around."

While the UCF offense has plenty of talent, Taaffe said he knows his unit has its work cut out for it on New Year's Night.

"His scheme is pretty much the same as it's been," Taaffe said of Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett. "They've obviously recruited well. They have very good team speed. They do a lot of line movements, which their style, a little different than some of the teams we've seen. I know their offense gets all the attention, being as prolific as Baylor has been, but I think they're a very good defensive football team. I've known Phil for a long time. He does a good job."

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-UCF returned to Pinnacle High School for its second practice of the week, and is scheduled to have at least one session at the school each day leading up to gameday.
-Members of the Knights visited the Phoenix Children's Hospital after practice. Chequan Burkett, Justin Holman, Deion Green and Seyvon Lowry played games, signed autographs and met with several youngsters to help brighten their day.
-The Knights held their team awards banquet Saturday night, and a full recap can be found on
-In town with the San Francisco 49ers, UCF great Bruce Miller joined the Knights at their banquet.
-UCF announced the hiring of Paul Ferraro as its defensive coordinator for 2014.

Web Links
-Day Three Facebook Photo Gallery
-Tostitos Fiesta Bowl - Bowl Homepage
-Tostitos Fiesta Bowl YouTube Page - Videos from the Fiesta Bowl
-CBS Sports - Fiesta Bowl Preview
-Orlando Sentinel - Baylor DC Praises UCF
-Waco Tribune - Baylor Preparing for UCF Offense

What to Look For
-The UCF defense will have its turn in the media spotlight Sunday morning as bowl week activities continue counting down toward Wednesday night's 6:30 p.m. MT kickoff.
-Following the defensive press conference and unit meetings at the Fairmont Princess Sunday, the Knights will hold their third practice of the trip at Pinnacle High School.
-In the evening, the players will venture away from the hotel for a team dinner, while selected staff members will go to a separate dinner function.

Bowlin' in the BCS Archive
-No. 1 - Getting Ready
-No. 2 - Arriving in Arizona
-First Press Conference
-No. 3 - Time to Work
-Fly, Knight and Win
-Meet UCF's New Defensive Coordinator

Media Information
-UCF Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Media Guide and Game Notes

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