Orlando Bishop Moore head football coach Matt Hedrick said on Friday that running back Blake Tiralosi will accept a preferred walk-on spot on the UCF roster for this coming fall.
"I’m thrilled," Tiralosi said. "It’s nice with me being from a smaller school to get that opportunity. I was [getting grustrated] because we were getting down to the end and I wasn’t getting much ... just small schools like D-II and stuff like that."
Tiralosi (6-foot, 180 pounds) ran for 1,022 yards as a senior this past season for the Hornets, quite an impressive feat considering that feature running back Tyler Floyd ran for 1,374 yards himself. More impressive for Tiralosi, however, was his 10 yards-per-carry average on his 101 rushing attempts. Tiralosi had 14 touchdowns.
"I was really aiming for getting to 1,000 yards this year and over 10 touchdowns and we got it," tiralosi said.
He also played outside linebacker for Bishop Moore and had just over 50 solo tackles.
"He's excited," Hedrick said. "He has been talking to some smaller schools, like Mount Union (Ohio), Whittenberg (Ohio), places like that, and then some D-IIIs.
"Blake is a real natural, instinctive football player who has a very good understanding of what he’s doing. He likes UCF anyway and this gives him a chance to play big-time college football if he’s willing to do the work."
Tiralosi said UCF coaches told him he has a chance to work his way on the field
"I like UCF and I was hoping I'd get the opportunity and then they offered and I took it," he said. Right now it’s a preferred walk-on and I’ll be working for a scholarship. They told me they can see me helping out at the running back position and believe I can get stronger and help make the team better. I’m hoping to do that and maybe work my way up to special teams."
Mom and dad were also happy with Tiralosi's decision. It beats making intinerary plans for Ohio.
"They’re really happy to get a chance to see me play here," Tiralosi said. "If I went up to Ohio they were afraid they wouldn’t get a chance to see me play. This way I'm still local."