Would coaches turn to Jeff Godfrey if the worst-case scenario happened? (Joshua C. Cruey, Orlando Sentinel / April 24, 2012)
For the last five days, UCF starting quarterback Blake Bortles has watched practice from the sidelines, his right hand wrapped to protect a bruised thumb.
The injury to Bortles, who is unquestionably the most important player on the Knights’ roster, has forced coaches to take a closer look at their back-up plans. So far, those results have been mixed. Junior Tyler Gabbert has taken snaps with the ones, while true freshmen Justin Holman and Pete DiNovo continue to learn at the college level.
The situation begs the question: In a pinch, would UCF turn to former starting quarterback-turned-wide receiver Jeff Godfrey?
On Tuesday, the team installed its WildKnight package with Godfrey taking snaps out of the shotgun. Seeing Godfrey at “quarterback” led to questions about whether the senior would be the best solution should UCF face its worst-case scenario: Bortles out for an extended period in the fall due to injury.
The answer would likely depend on the situation. An injury early in the season might lead to coaches to consider a player like Holman, who has shown flashes of big time potential. But say UCF was in a race for the conference title down the stretch? Godfrey might be the best choice for a win-now mentality.
With his ability to run the WildKnight and a working knowledge of the offense as a receiver – and of course, as a former starting quarterback – it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
Godfrey, for his part, said he would be ready if called upon.
“I feel I could do it, totally,” Godfrey said. “Knowing the plays, I’ve was back there before, I did a good job back there. Bortles will be all right, but if it was a game situation, I’d get back there and do it.”
UCF’s staff hopes it never has to find out the answer.