Spring Football Practice Report No. 2

March 25, 2005

ORLANDO - The UCF football team completed its second practice of the spring Friday under cloudy conditions in Orlando. For the second straight day, the Golden Knights donned just helmets and continued to work on fundamentals and installation while adding more team periods of work into the mix.

"They continue to get better, which is important," commented UCF head coach George O'Leary. "Obviously, you can see the work in the weight room has paid dividends. I am happy with the progress the players are making."

The Golden Knights implemented parts of their rushing offense and defense while also working on the passing game Friday.

During the pass skeleton period, Mike Walker was the favorite receiver of Steven Moffett, catching five passes from Moffett. Kyle Israel had the big pass play of the day when he hit Blake Carter on a sideline route for an apparent touchdown. The defensive backs also made several plays, including a pass breakup by Johnell Neal and near interception on the play.

During the team periods of practice, the offense looked to get the better of the defense, including several successful runs by Dontavius Wilcox, Curtis Francis and Jason Peters. Peters also showed good hands on two receptions out of the backfield, including a sliding grab in the pass skeleton period.

Defensive end Dennis King batted down a pass in the team period while cornerback Augustus Ashley broke up a deep route to Walker in one-on-one coverage.

UCF returns to the practice field Monday morning at 9:20 a.m. in full pads for the first time this spring. Practice is open the public, but visitors must sign in at the Wayne Densch Sports Center.