2019 Football Preview - Running Backs

It’s July, which means that there will be college football games played next month. As the Knights continue to prepare for the upcoming 2019 campaign, which kicks off Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. from inside Spectrum Stadium, we will take a look at what UCF brings back and what fans of the Black and Gold have to look forward to this fall.


Returning Running Backs


Greg McCrae, Junior | 5-10, 175

Stats: Rushed for 1,182 yards, averaging 8.9 yards per carry and scored 11 total touchdowns

Record: McCrae set a new UCF record with his 8.9 yards per carry on the season, topping Killins’ record of 6.5 yards per carry set in the 2017 season

Ranking: Only one running back in the nation rushed for more yards per carry last season than Greg McCrae


Adrian Killins Jr., Senior | 5-8, 164

Stats: Rushed for 715 yards and caught 19 passes for 377 yards, totaling eight touchdowns on the season

Record: Killins’ career yards per rush average of 5.7 is the best all-time at UCF

Watch: Look out for AK climbing up the charts, as he is currently sixth in UCF record books with 26 total touchdowns


Otis Anderson, Junior | 5-11, 174

Stats: Rushed for 275 yards on just 51 attempts, while catching 16 balls for 230 yards and totaling seven scores on the season

Ranking: Anderson also held punt return duties last year, ranking 10th in the nation with an average return of 11.9 yards

Note: Otis was listed as utility on the depth chart in 2018, because of his versatility and his ability to line up anywhere on the field


Bentavious Thompson, r-Sophomore | 6-1, 197

Stats: Rushed for 150 yards on 29 carries as a redshirt freshman in 2018

Note: Thompson had a stellar Spring Game, unofficially rushing for 110 yards on just 12 carries and scoring one touchdown on the ground

Quote: Josh Heupel on Thompson in Spring Game: “…ran with great pad level, finished (his) runs going north and south.”


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Noteworthy Group

Last season, the UCF running backs helped lead the Knights to a new program record with 3,448 rushing yards on the season. It topped the previous record of 3,287 set in 2007, a team led by All-American Kevin Smith.


The 2018 Knights also set UCF records with 265.2 rushing yards per game, 43 rushing touchdowns scored and a team average of 5.8 yards per rush.


The 2019 season gets started Aug. 29 when the Knights host Florida A&M at Spectrum Stadium. UCF will also play host to Stanford, UConn, ECU, Houston and South Florida as the Knights aim to win a third straight American Athletic Conference Championship and return to a New Year’s Six bowl for the third consecutive season.