Spring Football Practice Opens Friday

March 17, 2011

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By Leigh Torbin

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - On the heels of the most historic football season in school history, UCF opens its spring practice on Friday morning full of hope for achieving similar success in 2011.

The Knights return seven offensive starters, including Conference USA Freshman of the Year Jeff Godfrey at quarterback, and four key defensive starters as UCF aims to win its third C-USA title in five years this fall. The 2010 Knights finished the year ranked No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches poll after going 11-3 with a win over Georgia in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

The Knights added to that squad with what Rivals.com ranked as America's No. 39 signing class and the best nationally of any school not a member of an automatically qualifying BCS conference. Several key members of that highly-touted class will be participating in spring drills including junior college standouts Toby Jackson, Jose Jose, Terran Buck and Ray Cottman, all of which are already on the Knights' two-deep.

All practice sessions will take place either on the team's outdoor practice fields or inside the Nicholson Fieldhouse, depending on weather. The April 16 Spring Game will be played at Bright House Networks Stadium at 2 p.m. and serve as the highlight of a typical full day of festivities in and around the stadium.

Fans are reminded that there is NO photography or videography allowed at practice and are kindly asked to not describe UCF football practices in online public forms.

Friday March 18, 9-11 a.m.
Saturday March 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday March 22, 9-11 a.m.
Thursday March 24, 9-11 a.m.
Saturday March 26, 1-3 p.m.
Tuesday March 29, 9-11 a.m.
Thursday March 31, 9-11 a.m.
Saturday April 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday April 5, 9-11 a.m.
Thursday April 7, 9-11 a.m.
Saturday April 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tuesday April 12, 9-11 a.m.
Thursday April 14, 9-11 a.m.
Saturday April 16, 2 p.m. (Spring Game at Bright House Networks Stadium)
Practice dates and times subject to change

2011 UCF Football season ticket packages can be purchased or renewed online at UCFAthletics.com or by calling the UCF Athletics Ticket Office at (407) 823-1000. Home games include Charleston Southern [Champions UKNIGHT (Sept. 3)], Boston College [Hall of Fame Weekend (Sept. 10)], Marshall (Oct. 8), Memphis [Alumni UKNIGHT - Homecoming 2011 (Oct. 29)], Tulsa (Nov. 5) and UTEP [Senior Day (Nov. 26)]. Should UCF host the C-USA Championship Game for the fourth time in seven years, it would be played on Saturday, Dec. 3 and season ticket holders will receive the first shot at the best seats.

? 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl champions
? Top 20 ranking and a program-best 11 wins in 2010
? Two-time Conference USA champions (2007 & 2010)
? Three-time Conference USA East Division champions (2005, 2007 & 2010)
? Four bowl appearances since 2005
? Led by three-time C-USA Coach of the Year George O'Leary
? Over a dozen UCF Knights appeared on NFL rosters in 2010