Five Knights Chasing Glory
RB Latavius Murray: While there is considerable buzz about Miami transfer Storm Johnson, Murray is a proven leader who always finds a way to shine when it counts.
QB Blake Bortles: The sophomore who demonstrated poise under pressure and a powerful arm coming off the bench last season takes over as the Knights' starter.
DE/DT Victor Gray: Versatile defensive lineman has the wing span and athleticism to give opposing quarterbacks fits.
WR J.J. Worton: The Knights have no shortage of talented receiving threats, but Worton stands out thanks to his superior ability to catch the football under duress.
S Kemal Ishmael: One of the most fundamentally sound Knights who can make plays on the ball and help steer the defense in the right direction.
Hope and Glory: Keys to the season
Avoid turnovers: Late turnovers last season, especially against FIU and BYU, contributed heavily to narrow losses and the Knights' 5-7 record.
Be heavy hitters: UCF's linebackers and secondary must do a better job of open-field tackling after failing to wrap up key playmakers late in contests last season.
Finish: After struggling in the fourth quarter during the 2011 season, the Knights' mantra this year is to finish plays, games and their final season in Conference USA the right way.
No Guts, No Glory: Make-it or break-it games
Sept. 29 vs. Missouri: The Knights get a rare opportunity to host a high-profile Southeastern Conference team at Bright House Networks Stadium. UCF has the talent to keep up with the Tigers and turn heads nationally.
Oct. 13 vs. Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles have been UCF's nemesis. The Knights get a chance to avenge a string of losses and claim valuable ground in C-USA.
Oct. 27 at Marshall: UCF has won seven consecutive games in the heated series, but the talented Herd hope to gain ground in the C-USA standings and snap the streak during what could be the final meeting between the two rivals.
Quest for Glory: Did you know ...
Senior LB Ray Shipman says he's the team's best cook. Shipman's favorite dish this summer was grilled salmon, which he learned to prepare after the football staff emphasized the importance of healthy food.
Senior RB Latavius Murray is a big fan of the other football. Murray said he started checking out UEFA soccer during the past year and loves the players' endurance under pressure and fans' passion.
The Knights have the fastest lineup of coach George O'Leary's tenure. A handful of UCF players agreed receivers Quincy McDuffie, Rannell Hall, Josh Reese and Jeff Godfrey would make a formidable 4x100-meter relay team.
Glory Days: Knights' 5 greatest players
QB Daunte Culpepper (1995-98): The best player in school history broke more 30 records. He set an NCAA record for single-season completion percentage, passed for more than 10,000 yards and rushed for more than 1,000 yards.
RB Kevin Smith (2005-07): UCF's first consensus All-American and all-time leading rusher with 4,560 yards and 45 touchdowns.
C Mike Gruttadauria (1991-94): Four-year starter widely considered the best center to ever play at UCF. He went on to a seven-year NFL career and became the first Knight to earn a Super Bowl ring.
DL Greg Jefferson (1991-94): Sack specialist earned honorable mention All-America in 1994. Jefferson set the school record for tackles for a loss in a game (7).
WR Sean Beckton (1987-90): Finished as the school's leader in receptions with 196 and career yardage with 2,493. He scored four TDs four different ways in a 1990 game.
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