UCF Spring Football Outlook - Special Teams

April 11, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - Following the departure of two starters, UCF's special teams units have a new look this spring. As a result, special teams coordinator Brent Key has new players taking over key roles for the Knights.

Sophomore placekicker Jordan Dodds sat out last season after transferring from South Carolina. The Orlando native is the leading candidate to replace Michael Torres, who made a school-record 21 field goals in 2007. Long snapper Michael Buscemi concluded his eligibility in the fall. A 2007 All-Conference USA First Team pick, Buscemi is now working with the Knights as a graduate assistant.

Sophomore Ryan Khawly served as Buscemi's understudy a year ago. He has impressed Key with his work ethic and improvement.

"He's worked really hard in the offseason to become a [better] snapper and get better at his technique, his protection and the speed of his snap," said Key. "I think he has worked hard at that and I just want to see him continue to get better.

Blake Clingan averaged 40.7 yards on 59 punts as a true freshman this past season. Clingan started 13 contests and placed 14 punts inside the 20-yard line. Sophomore Parker Langley earned the other start at punter and also served as the squad's holder on place kicks.

Key has also noticed progression in Clingan's game.

"Obviously, he's a year older and a year stronger. He's been working to get better and obviously he's gained more experience in it. From the standpoint of field position, he understands how important the punt game is."

UCF will hold its annual spring football game on Saturday as part of the 2008 UCF Hall of Fame Weekend. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. and the game will be played for the first time in Bright House Networks Stadium.

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