April 11, 2006
ORLANDO - The UCF football team held its 12th practice of the spring inside the Nicholson Fieldhouse Tuesday morning. The team worked out in shoulder pads and shorts, spending most of the practice installing plays on offense and defense.
"I think we are getting better," stated UCF head coach George O'Leary. "Most of the positions have had a good spring."
After going to the program's first bowl game at the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, the extra practices gained last December have been a major asset in helping the team this spring.
"The main area that has improved from having the extra bowl practices is our contact speed," O'Leary continued. "There is no question from last spring to now, our contact speed has picked up, along with the knowledge on the field."
During Tuesday's workout, the team spent time working on third down efficiency and red zone plays. In the red zone period, senior quarterback Steven Moffett was efficient, completing several passes to senior wide receiver Brooks Turner. He hit Turner on three different occasions, including a touchdown pass.
"Today was a big installation day, but tomorrow we will bang it around pretty good and scrimmage between the offense and defense," said O'Leary.
Practice Notes: Sophomore linebacker Cory Hogue had two pass breakups during 11-on-11 drills Tuesday ... sophomore cornerback Joe Burnett continued his strong spring with an interception during team period ... sophomore tailback Kevin Smith continued to show an explosive burst through the line with a long run near the end of practice in a team period of work.