UCF Spring Football Practice Report: Day 13

April 10, 2007

Orlando, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - The UCF football team practiced in full pads on Tuesday as the squad began its final week of spring practice inside the Nicholson Field House. With overnight showers, the Knights practiced indoors for just the second time this spring.

"I thought things went well today," head coach George O'Leary said. "I saw some improvement on the offensive side of the ball and we still have some things to clean up defensively, but overall we looked good out there."

The practice lasted just over two hours as the Knights continued to install different packages on both sides of the ball, including a focus on pass protections in the red zone. After working in team drills without contact, the tempo picked up with a 20-minute period of live contact.

Senior Curtis Francis continued to work at the No. 1 tailback during the live drills, but incumbent starter Kevin Smith got plenty of work in during the installation periods.

The Knights also worked on punt coverage drills and also put in some time working on the two-minute drill. The offense and defense spent that period on opposite sides of the field, focusing more on tempo and timing.

The session ended with a three-on-three tackling drill between the offense and the defense where there were several big hits supplied both in the blocking and tackling phases.

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