Practice Report No. 8

Aug. 12, 2006

ORLANDO - The UCF football team continued its preparation for the 2006 season on Saturday afternoon, practicing for two hours on campus. Head coach George O'Leary was pleased with his squad's effort on Saturday.

"I thought today was a good practice," he said. "We were competitive throughout the whole practice. For a lot of the other practices, we having been going good and then there have been spurts where we didn't have it. I thought that every period today, we got some good work done."

O'Leary closed the practice with the first team offense working against the first team defense on goal line situations. The offense dominated the competition as senior tailback Jason Peters scored on the ground three times.

Saturday's practice began with the third and fourth teams participating in a scrimmage. UCF's defense was in control as junior tackle Rex Hill, freshman tackle Wes Sauvao and freshman end DaQuwan McNealy all posted stops inside. Junior linebacker Robinson Jean had the highlight of the period, forcing an incompletion with a hard hit on freshman tight end Ricky Yates.

Later when the first team offense worked against the first team defense, sophomore tailback Kevin Smith had a pair of impressive carries, including a long run to open the period.

The Golden Knights will practice again on Sunday, starting at 3:30 p.m.