The Daily - UCF Football Aug. 31

Aug. 31, 2011

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - News and notes from the UCF football team for Wednesday, Aug. 31. It's the middle of game week and the end of August. Are your goose bumps forming yet?

-Today will be the UCF Football Student Season Ticket Event at the Student Union from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students can purchase season tickets to guarantee themselves a seat at all six home games beginning with the season opener this Saturday. And students who have already purchased student season tickets can pickup their exclusive t-shirt and "THE PATCH" on Wednesday.
-Check out the UCF depth chart by clicking Here
-In campus news, UCF is building its own power plant. Read about it from UCF Today

Web Links
-FS Southwest: C-USA Ready to Make Noise - Click Here
-Central Florida Future: Depth Chart - Click Here
-Orlando Sentinel: New UCF iPhone and iPad app - Click Here
-Orlando Sentinel: Blake Bortles - Click Here

UKNIGHT and Get The "PATCH" Interview
#35 - Ronnie Weaver
On being one of seven Knights aiming for their third C-USA title...
"It seems like we've been here so long that it's just a blessing to have that opportunity, and have this team around you to go for that third conference championship in your tenure at the school. But we understand that we've got to keep working hard every day, and it's not going to be easy. The first two times weren't easy at all."

On UCF's rising expectations...
"The expectations of not only the community but of ourselves have grown. We understand we can do great things if we put our mind to it and do what we're coached to do. As long as we execute we'll be just fine."

On having extra motivation due to not being ranked in the top 25...
"Personally, I don't really look at the polls. Coach O'Leary always tells us that the poll that matters is the one at the end. We can't control how the polls come out, so we worry about the things that we can control."

Stat of the Day
-UCF would love to open 2011 similar 2010, as on the first drive against South Dakota last year, the Knights took it 75 yards on 10 plays (5:23 elapsed), culminating in a 1-yard Jonathan Davis rushing touchdown. Davis, now slated to start as an outside linebacker this season, ran for 30 yards on five carries and Rob Calabrese was 2-for-2 for 25 yards on the drive.

What to Look For
-UCF continues its practice sessions Thursday morning before its walk-thru Friday.
-George O'Leary Radio Show at The MOAT in Oviedo Thursday at 7 p.m.
-Welcome Back `Pre-Tailgate Rally' Thursday from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Tower III Lobby - it's an interactive information session where you can connect with campus offices and receive free pizza, refreshments and prizes.
-Lunch with George at Bright House Networks Stadium Friday at noon, and the first 200 attendees get free Chick-fil-A.

UCF football season ticket packages can be purchased online at UCFAthletics.com or by calling the UCF Athletics Ticket Office at (407) 823-1000. 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.