2008 UCF Knights football team

The 2008 UCF Knights football team represented the University of Central Florida in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Their head coach was George O'Leary, in his fifth season with the team. For the second season, the UCF Knights played all of their home games at Bright House Networks Stadium on the school's main campus in Orlando, Florida. The Knights sought unsuccessfully to defend their Conference USA football championship.

2008 UCF Knights football
UCF Knights logo.svg
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionEast
2008 record4–8 (3–5 C-USA)
Head coachGeorge O'Leary
Offensive coordinatorTim Salem
Defensive coordinatorDave Huxtable
Home stadiumBright House Networks Stadium
(Capacity: 45,323)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
East Carolina x$   6 2         9 5  
Memphis   4 4         6 7  
Southern Miss   4 4         7 6  
UAB   3 5         4 8  
UCF   3 5         4 8  
Marshall   3 5         4 8  
West Division
Tulsa xy   7 1         11 3  
Rice x   7 1         10 3  
Houston   6 2         8 5  
UTEP   4 4         5 7  
Tulane   1 7         2 10  
SMU   0 8         1 11  
Championship: East Carolina 27, Tulsa 24
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

PersonnelEdit

Recruiting classEdit

Coach O'Leary and his coaching staff announced these people to the 2008 UCF Knights Football Team on Wednesday February 6, 2008; as it was the National Football Signing Day:
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Athlete
Marquee Williams (Vanguard – Ocala, Florida)

Defensive Backs
Chad Keys (St. Paul's School – Covington, Louisiana)

Defensive Ends
Jarvis Gathers (Feather River C.C. – Andrews, South Carolina)
Robert Pritchard (North Gwinnett – Suwanee, Georgia)

Defensive Tackle
Theo Goins (Hightower – Fort Bend, Texas)
Chris Martin (Choctawhatchee – Fort Walton Beach, Florida)

Linebackers
Josh Linam (Tavares – Tavares, Florida)
Loren Robinson (Lyman – Longwood, Florida)
David Williams (Cardinal Gibbons – Ft. Lauderdale)

Offensive Lineman
Chad Hounshell (Lake Catholic – Mentor, Ohio)
Jarien Moreland (Glade Central Community – Belle Glade, Florida)
John Oliver (Troup – LaGrange, Georgia)
Steven Robinson (Lincoln – Tallahassee, Florida)

Running Backs
Brandon Davis (Peachtree Ridge – Suwanee, Georgia)
Brynn Harvey (Largo – Largo, Florida)
Vance King (Stockbridge – Stockbridge, Georgia)
Latavius Murray (Onondaga Central – Nedrow, New York)

Tight Ends / Hybrid Back
Brendan Kelly (Shoreham-Wading River – Shoreham, New York)
Kyle Madden (Harrison – Kennesaw, Georgia)

Quarterback
Rob Calabrese (East Islip – Islip Terrace, New York)

OffseasonEdit

On August 22, 2008, wide receiver Richard Jackson announced that he had completed his enrollment at UCF, completing a transfer from the University of Notre Dame. Jackson was a star prospect from East Ridge High School in nearby Clermont, Florida.[1] He received a hardship waiver from the NCAA on September 5, giving him immediate eligibility.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 306:00 PMSouth Carolina State*W 17–042,126
September 67:00 PMNo. 17 South Florida*
ESPN2L 24–3146,805
September 201:00 PMat Boston College*ESPNUL 7–3441,267
September 278:00 PMat UTEPCBSCSL 13–5833,339
October 43:30 PMSMU
  • Bright House Networks Stadium
  • Orlando, FL
CBSCSW 31–1743,147
October 113:45 PMat Miami (FL)*ESPNUL 14–2040,011
October 268:00 PMat No. 22 TulsaESPNL 19–4930,000
November 28:15 PMEast Carolina
  • Bright House Networks Stadium
  • Orlando, FL (rivalry)
ESPNL 10–1340,202
November 83:30 PMSouthern Miss 
  • Bright House Networks Stadium
  • Orlando, FL
L 6–1741,652
November 154:30 PMat MarshallCSSW 30–1424,059
November 222:00 PMat MemphisW 28–2118,836
November 291:00 PMUAB
  • Bright House Networks Stadium
  • Orlando, FL
L 0–1523,644
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summariesEdit

South Carolina StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0
Knights 0 7 0 10 17

The Knights began their season at home against South Carolina State. Making his first start at quarterback, Michael Greco had a difficult time trying to find his groove, completing 9-of-16 passing for 90 yards, and running 13 times for 57 yards. But the defense remained strong and carried the team, holding the Bulldog offense to less than 22 minutes of play time, with Jason Venson catching an interception.

South FloridaEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
#17 Bulls 10 0 14 07 31
Knights 7 3 0 140 24

Greco's struggles continued when the Knights hosted South Florida for the last match in their "War on I-4" rivalry. While the Bulls scored first, Joe Burnett answered back with a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Knights defense held as well as they could, holding the Bulls to 10 points in the first half and allowing the Knights to tie the game going into halftime. However, the Knights had difficulty maintaining their discipline, and it cost them in penalties. The Knights had 12 penalties for 148 yards, one of which negated a touchdown on an interception in the second quarter.

Although it appeared the Bulls would begin to run away with the game, scoring two touchdowns in the third quarter, Michael Greco finally awoke toward the end of the fourth quarter, leading two touchdown drives in the final minutes of regulation to force overtime. However, they came up short on a fourth-down run on their turn, failing to answer a quick South Florida touchdown.

Although sluggish for most of the game, the Knights offense did not turn the ball over. After their first two games, UCF has a +3 turnover ratio.

The unanticipated struggles for the Bulls dropped them back to their preseason #19 ranking in the AP poll despite the win.

Boston CollegeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 0 7 0 0 7
Eagles 0 3 14 17 34

UTEPEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 0 7 6 0 13
Miners 10 17 14 17 58

SMUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mustangs 10 0 0 7 17
Knights 3 7 14 7 31

Miami (FL)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 0 7 0 7 14
Hurricanes 10 0 0 10 20

TulsaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 0 19 0 0 19
Golden Hurricane 7 7 21 14 49

East CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4OT Total
Pirates 0 0 3 73 13
Knights 3 7 0 00 10

Southern MissEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Eagles 0 7 7 3 17
Knights 6 0 0 0 6

MarshallEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
'Knights 10 10 3 7 30
Thundering Herd 0 7 7 0 14

MemphisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 14 7 7 0 28
Tigers 7 0 7 7 21

UABEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 3 6 3 3 15
Knights 0 0 0 0 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brandon Helwig (August 22, 2008). "Jackson transferring to UCF". UCFSports.com via Rivals.com. Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  2. ^ "Football's Richard Jackson Cleared By NCAA". UCFAthletics.com. 2008-09-05. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2008-09-08.