Jan. 12, 2012
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By Makeda Gibson UCFAthletics.com
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - This weekend UCF fans can watch four former football players in action as they try to advance to their respective conference championship games. The Black and Gold started off with five players on NFL playoff teams heading toward the Super Bowl, and after this past weekend four Knights have continued on to the divisional playoffs.
Josh Sitton, a former UCF offensive lineman, is helping the Green Bay Packers through the playoffs for the fourth-straight time. Drafted in 2008, Sitton has participated in the postseason with the Packers ever since. The Packers enjoyed a first-round bye and have home-field advantage throughout this season's playoffs, and face the New York Giants Jan. 15 at 4:30 p.m.
Fullback Bruce Miller and the San Francisco 49ers have earned the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. They will face the New Orleans Saints Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m. Miller was Conference USA's Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, and stands as UCF's all-time sacks leader when he recorded 35.5 as a defensive end from 2007-10.
The Denver Broncos and former UCF placekicker Matt Prater will join his team in the divisional playoffs against the New England Patriots on Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. Prater was 19-for-25 during the regular season and a perfect 30-for-30 in extra points. He also helped his team win the division title by kicking multiple field goals in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Prater was 3-for-3 in field goals and 2-for-2 in extra-points in the Broncos' overtime win vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers to help keep Denver alive in the playoffs. Unfortunately, Kevin Smith will not be joining his fellow Knights in the divisional playoffs, as the Detroit Lions lost to the Saints, 45-28, in the opening round.
Rookie offensive lineman Jah Reid has played in all 16 games for the Baltimore Ravens and will go on to host a divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans. The Ravens are the No. 2 seed in the AFC, and UCF fans can catch the game on Jan 15. at 1 p.m. Reid was a third-round draft pick and a two-time All-CUSA First Team member for the Knights.