UCF Spring Football Practice Report No. 13

April 16, 2005

ORLANDO - The UCF football team held its third and final scrimmage of the spring Saturday under sunny skies in Orlando. The Golden Knights ran 123 plays in windy conditions for just over two hours.

"I asked them to just go out and execute and both sides had their time," commented UCF head coach George O'Leary. "I was happy with the hitting and defensively we made some plays. Again, Steven Moffett makes plays and I was real pleased with him today."

Moffett took the majority of snaps at quarterback. The junior from Winter Park was 26-of-37 passing for 258 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Moffett looked to have an 85-yard touchdown pass to junior wide out Mike Walker early in the scrimmage, but Walker had the pass go just through his hands on the play.

Walker led the receivers with eight receptions for 82 yards. The Orlando native had two receptions over 20 yards including a 32-yard catch.

"I was real pleased with some of the running backs," added O'Leary. "I thought they went out there and found some yards." Junior tailback Dontavius Wilcox carried the ball 13 times for 40 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman tailback Chris Strother continued his excellent play this spring with 15 carries for 62 yards. One of the fastest players on the team, Strother hit the hole quickly and showed the ability to make defenders miss.

The defense played well for the second straight scrimmage as the defensive line made its presence felt. The Golden Knights recorded 11 sacks on the day (there was no contact on the quarterbacks). Junior transfer Kareem Reid totaled two sacks and senior Glenroy Watkins had three sacks on the scrimmage.

Junior linebacker Ronnell Sandy had seven tackles, one sack and a forced fumble to lead the linebackers. Freshman outside linebacker Jordan Richards added seven tackles for the defense.

Senior place kicker Matt Prater used the wind to his advantage as he booted a 57-yard field goal. Prater was 2-for-4 on field goal attempts, hitting from 45 and 57 while missing wide right from 52 and 38 yards away.

UCF finishes spring practice Sunday. The Golden Knights are scheduled to practice from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Unofficial Scrimmage Statistics

RUSHING: Dontavius Wilcox, 13-40, 1 TD; Chris Strother, 15-62; Curtis Francis, 7-10; Bruce Meeks, 3-21; Steven Moffett, 4-23; Ed Marynowitz, 1-1; Jeff Branham, 2-3

PASSING: Steven Moffett, 26-37, 258, 1 TD, 0 INT; Ed Marynowitz, 4-8, 38, 0 TD, 0 INT

RECEIVING: Mike Walker, 8-82; Brandon Marshall, 2-20; Blake Carter, 4-35; Brooks Turner, 2-28; Chris Narsesian, 1-14; Andre Sumpter, 1-5; Darcy Johnson, 3-17; Mike Merritt, 1-31; Dontavius Wilcox, 2-5; Curtis Francis, 1-9; Javid James, 2-17, 1 TD

DEFENSE: Renford Parkes, 5 tackles; Keith Shologan, 3 tackles, 1 sack, FF; Frisner Nelson, 2 tackles, 1 TFL; Randy Dozier, 4 tackles, 1 sack; Glenroy Watkins, 3 tackles, 3 sacks; Paul Carrington, 2 tackles, 1 sack, FR; Augustus Ashley, 3 tackles, 1 PBU; Mike Graham, 3 tackles; Sha'reff Rashad, 4 tackles; Ronnell Sandy, 7 tackles, 1 sack, FF; James Cook, 7 tackles; Anthony Willis, 3 tackles; Marlon Williams, 4 tackles, 1 PBU; Neil Bittong, 4 tackles, 2 TFL; Jordan Richards, 7 tackles; Dennis King, 2 tackles, 1 TFL; Leger Douzable, 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 PBU; Rashad Mays, 2 tackles; Clarence Howard, 2 tackles, 1 sack; Brian Goins, 2 tackles; Kareem Reid, 2 tackles, 2 sacks; Johnell Neal, 4 tackles