UCF Football Summer Preview - Memphis

July 19, 2010

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By Leigh Torbin

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The Knights will wrap up their 2010 regular season on Nov. 27 when they head to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to face off against Memphis.

The Knights are undefeated against the Tigers since joining Conference USA in 2005, posting a perfect 5-0 mark. Memphis will be in its first year under the guidance of new head coach Larry Porter, a former Memphis running back who had spent the past five seasons on Les Miles' staff at LSU.

Offensive Players to Watch
The Tigers lost their quarterback, top receiver and top rusher from 2009 but bring back all five starters on their offensive line in Ronald Leary (LT), Joel McCleod (LG), Brad Paul (C), Dominik Riley (RG) and Tommy Walker (RT). The five players combined for a total of 56 starts last fall and their continued development will be crucial to help a young skill position group for Memphis.

Defensive Player to Watch
A C-USA All-Freshman team pick in 2009, 6-foot-5, 350 pound defensive tackle Dontari Poe returns for his redshirt sophomore season in 2010. The massive defensive tackle made seven tackles for loss last fall, including a pair of sacks, and forced three fumbles.

Second Half Burst Beats Memphis
Last fall UCF typically started slow at home against Memphis on Oct. 3 as the Tigers held a 7-3 lead at intermission. However, 29 second half points later, the Knights pulled away with a 32-14 victory. Brynn Harvey simply wore down the Tigers as he carried the ball 42 times for 219 yards and a touchdown. Nick Cattoi was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals in the contest and Brett Hodges threw a pair of second half touchdowns for UCF. Meanwhile, the eventual C-USA Defensive Player of the Year, Bruce Miller, added 2.5 sacks and 3.5 TFLs while Josh Robinson snared the first of his six interceptions on the season en route to Freshman All-America accolades.

To UKNIGHT behind your team and receive your free Knights Rewards Card's valuable discounts, reserve your 2010 football season tickets today. Call the UCF Athletic Ticket office at (407) 823-1000 or log onto UCFAthletics.com.