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The 2012 UCF Knights football team represented the University of Central Florida in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Knights played in the Eastern Division of Conference USA and played their home games at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The Knights were led by head coach George O'Leary, who was in his ninth season with the team.

2012 UCF Knights football
UCF Knights logo.svg
C-USA East Division co-champion
Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl champion
C-USA Championship, L 27–33 OT vs. Tulsa
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionEast Division
2012 record10–4 (7–1 C-USA)
Head coachGeorge O'Leary (9th season)
Offensive coordinatorCharlie Taaffe (4th season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorJim Fleming (1st season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumBright House Networks Stadium (Capacity: 45,323)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
UCF xy   7 1         10 4  
East Carolina x   7 1         8 5  
Marshall   4 4         5 7  
Memphis   4 4         4 8  
UAB   2 6         3 9  
Southern Miss   0 8         0 12  
West Division
Tulsa xy$   7 1         10 3  
SMU   5 3         7 6  
Rice   4 4         7 6  
Houston   4 4         5 7  
UTEP   2 6         3 9  
Tulane   2 6         2 10  
Championship: Tulsa 33, UCF 27
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 season marked UCF's last as a member of Conference USA, as the Knights moved to the American Athletic Conference in 2013. UCF was originally barred from postseason play for the season due to recruiting violations in both football and basketball under previous athletic director Keith Tribble.[1] The university had its appeal delayed until 2013 and was bowl-eligible for 2012.[2] For the fourth time as C-USA members, UCF won the Conference USA Eastern Division, though the Knights lost the Conference USA Championship game to Tulsa. As a result, the Knights appeared in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, in which they defeated Ball State, 38–17, for the second bowl victory in program history. The Knights finished the season receiving votes both in the AP and Coaches polls.[3]

All games were broadcast live on the UCF-IMG radio network.[4] The Knights' flagship station was WYGM "740 The Game" in Orlando.

Contents

PersonnelEdit

 
Head Coach George O'Leary

Coaching staffEdit

2012 UCF Knights coaching staff

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Charlie Taaffe
  • Running Backs – Danny Barrett
  • Wide Receivers – Sean Beckton
  • Offensive Line – Brent Key
  • Graduate Assistant – Jonathon Ford

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Jim Fleming
  • Defensive Backs – Kirk Callahan
  • Defensive Line – Blaise Winter
  • Defensive Assistant – Tyson Summers
  • Graduate Assistant – Mark Cammack
 

Special Teams

  • Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends – Allen Mogridge

Administrative Staff

  • Athletic Director (A.D.) – Todd Stansbury
  • Assistant A.D. for Football Operations – Marty O'Leary
  • Director of Player Personnel – Drew Hughes

RosterEdit

2012 UCF Knights roster
2012 Roster from the University of Central Florida Knights

Quarterbacks

  • 3 Tyler Gabbert –   Sophomore
  • 5 Blake Bortles  Sophomore
  • 7 Troy Green – Freshman
  • 11 Mitchell Bourne –   Freshman

Halfbacks

  • 13 Dontravius Floyd –   Senior
  • 40 Brendan Kelly –   Senior

Fullbacks

  • 32 Billy Giovanetti –   Senior

Running Backs

  • 8 Storm Johnson  Sophomore
  • 17 Cedric Thompson –   Freshman
  • 23 Ariel Hoffman –   Sophomore
  • 24 Blake Tiralosi – Freshman
  • 28 Latavius Murray  Senior
  • 34 Brynn Harvey –   Senior
  • 44 Joseph Puopolo –   Freshman
  • 45 Daron Humphrey – Freshman

Wide Receivers

  • 2 Jeffrey Godfrey (QB) – Junior
  • 4 Rob Calabrese (QB) –   Senior
  • 6 Rannell HallSophomore
  • 9 J.J. Worton –   Sophomore
  • 14 Quincy McDuffieSenior
  • 19 Joshua Reese –   Sophomore
  • 20 Taylor Oldham – Freshman
  • 22 Christopher Nahat –   Sophomore
  • 25 Dareen Owi – Freshman
  • 31 Jared Greenaway –   Junior
  • 80 Drico Johnson – Freshman
  • 81 Breshad PerrimanFreshman
  • 89 Jacques Mackeroy –   Freshman
 

Tight Ends

  • 39 Kevin Garvy   Senior
  • 82 Blake Davis – Freshman
  • 84 Justin Tukes – Sophomore
  • 85 Kevin Miller –   Freshman
  • 86 D.J. Brown –   Junior
  • 88 Cal Bloom – Freshman
  • 88 Chris Martin –   Junior

Offensive Line

  • 61 Tarik Cook –   Freshman
  • 62 Rey Cunha –   Junior
  • 63 Jordan McCray – Junior
  • 64 Justin McCray – Junior
  • 65 Kelly Parfitt – Freshman
  • 67 Robert Gibbons – Freshman
  • 68 Theo Goins –   Senior
  • 70 Daniel Mcgrattan – freshman
  • 71 Michael Wiszowaty –   Freshman
  • 72 Torrian Wilson –   Sophomore
  • 73 Jordan Rae –   Senior
  • 74 Michael Campbell – Freshman
  • 75 Phil Smith –   Senior
  • 76 Colby Watson – Freshman
  • 77 Kelly Davison –   Junior
  • 79 Tony Jacob –   Sophomore

Linebackers

  • 11 Jonathan Davis – Senior
  • 16 Mark Rucker – Freshman
  • 23 Willie Mitchell – Sophomore
  • 41 Terrance PlummerSophomore
  • 42 Stanley Sylverain – Freshman
  • 46 Ray Shipman –   Senior
  • 50 Domenic Spencer – Freshman
  • 51 D.J. Williams –   Senior
  • 52 Maurice Russell – Freshman
  • 53 Tyler Linde – Freshman
  • 56 Cody Ralston –   Sophomore
  • 57 Troy Gray – Sophomore
 

Defensive Line

  • 44 Miles Pace –   Freshman
  • 47 Deion Green –   Freshman
  • 48 David Nelson – Freshman
  • 49 Cam Henderson – Senior
  • 58 Troy Davis – Senior
  • 69 Thomas Niles –   Freshman
  • 90 Micah Anderson – Freshman
  • 91 Victor Gray –   Junior
  • 92 Luke Adams – Freshman
  • 93 Josh Wofford –   Junior
  • 94 Demetris Anderson – Sophomore
  • 95 E.J. Dunston – Junior
  • 96 Andrew Rice –   Sophomore
  • 97 Chester Brown – Freshman
  • 98 Joey Grant –   Freshman
  • 99 Jose Jose – Junior

Defensive Backs

  • 10 Jordan Ozerities –   Sophomore
  • 12 Jacoby GlennFreshman
  • 15 Michael Easton – Sophomore
  • 18 Kemal Ishmael – Senior
  • 21 A. J. BouyeSenior
  • 22 Jared Henry – Freshman
  • 24 Jeremy Davis – Freshman
  • 25 Brendin Straubel –   Freshman
  • 26 Clayton Geathers –   Sophomore
  • 27 Sean Beckton –   Sophomore
  • 28 Connor Price –   Sophomore
  • 29 Lyle Dankenbring –   Senior
  • 30 Nicco Whigham – Freshman
  • 33 Jamar McClain –   Sophomore
  • 35 Sean Maag – Sophomore
  • 36 Woodley Cadet –   Sophomore
  • 37 Brandon Alexander – Sophomore
  • 38 Bruce Dukes – Sophomore
 

Punters/Kickers

  • 18 Rodrigo Quirarte –   Sophomore
  • 35 Sean Galvin –   Sophomore
  • 43 Jamie Boyle – Senior
  • 48 Caleb Houston – Freshman
  • 83 Shawn Moffitt – Sophomore

Snappers

  • 54 Greg Marsil – Freshman
  • 56 Scott Teal –   Sophomore
  • 59 Matt Morrison –   Junior

Terms:

  • Freshman – A player in his first year.
  • Sophomore – A player in his second year.
  • Junior – A player in his third year.
  • Senior – A player in his fourth year.
  •   Redshirt – A player who sat out a previous season.

Recruiting classEdit

ScheduleEdit

 
Bright House Networks Stadium, the Knights home field
DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:00 PMat Akron*ESPN3W 56–1412,616
September 812:00 PMat No. 14 Ohio State*ESPN2L 16–31104,745
September 154:00 PMFIU*CSSW 33–2040,478
September 2912:00 PMMissouri*
  • Bright House Networks Stadium
  • Orlando, FL
FSNL 16–2135,835
October 48:00 PMEast Carolina
  • Bright House Networks Stadium
  • Orlando, FL (Rivalry)
CBSSNW 40–2032,181
October 138:00 PMSouthern Miss
  • Bright House Networks Stadium
  • Orlando, FL
CBSSNW 38–31 2OT34,514
October 208:00 PMat MemphisCSSW 35–1722,106
October 278:00 PMat MarshallCBSSNW 54–1722,563
November 37:00 PMSMU 
  • Bright House Networks Stadium
  • Orlando, FL
CBSSNW 42–1736,036
November 107:00 PMat UTEPFCSW 31–2425,483
November 1712:00 PMat TulsaFSNL 21–2319,725
November 2412:00 PMUAB
  • Bright House Networks Stadium
  • Orlando, FL
FSNW 49–2428,602
December 112:00 PMat Tulsa
ESPN2L 27–33 OT17,635
December 217:30 PMvs. Ball State*ESPNW 38–1721,759
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summariesEdit

AkronEdit

1 234Total
Knights 7 28147 56
Zips 0 077 14
  • Location: Akron, OH
  • Game start: 7:00 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:05
  • Game attendance: 12,616
  • Game weather: 83 °F, Sunny
  • Referee: Steve Barth

Ohio StateEdit

1 234Total
Knights 3 760 16
Buckeyes 7 10140 31
  • Location: Columbus, OH
  • Game start: 12:02 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:11
  • Game attendance: 104,745
  • Game weather: 61 °F, Cloudy
  • Referee: Randy Smith

FIUEdit

1 234Total
Panthers 0 0146 20
Knights 9 1473 33
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Game start: 4:07 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 40,478
  • Game weather: 84 °F, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Wayne Winkler

MissouriEdit

1 234Total
Tigers 0 777 21
Knights 3 706 16
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Game start: 12:05 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:26
  • Game attendance: 35,835
  • Game weather: 86 °F, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: David Smith

East CarolinaEdit

1 234Total
East Carolina 14 330 20
Knights 7 131010 40
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Game start: 8:06 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:09
  • Game attendance: 32,181
  • Game weather: 76 °F, Light Rain
  • Referee: Randy Smith

Southern MissEdit

1 234OT2OTTotal
Golden Eagles 0 771070 31
Knights 7 100777 38
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Game start: 8:06 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:49
  • Game attendance: 34,514
  • Game weather: 75 °F, Mostly Clear
  • Referee: Ed Ardito

MemphisEdit

1 234Total
Knights 14 0714 35
Tigers 10 007 17
  • Location: Memphis, TN
  • Game start: 7:07 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:01
  • Game attendance: 22,106
  • Game weather: 62 °F, Clear
  • Referee: Ken Antee

MarshallEdit

1 234Total
Knights 7 20207 54
Thundering Herd 3 707 17
  • Location: Huntington, WV
  • Game start: 8:05 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:23
  • Game attendance: 22,563
  • Game weather: 48 °F, Cloudy
  • Referee: Brad Rogers

SMUEdit

1 234Total
Mustangs 3 707 17
Knights 7 14147 42
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Game start: 7:04 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 36,036
  • Game weather: 79 °F, Clear
  • Referee: Ed Ardito

UTEPEdit

1 234Total
Knights 7 10014 31
Miners 7 3014 24
  • Location: El Paso, TX
  • Game start: 7:05 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:21
  • Game attendance: 25,483
  • Game weather: 68 °F, Partly Sunny
  • Referee: Wayne Winkler

TulsaEdit

1 234Total
Knights 0 1407 21
Golden Hurricane 10 0130 23
  • Location: Tulsa, OK
  • Game start: 12:06 AM
  • Elapsed time: 3:21
  • Game attendance: 19,725
  • Game weather: 54 °F, Sunny
  • Referee: Ken Antee

UABEdit

1 234Total
Blazers 0 1077 24
Knights 14 2177 49
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Game start: 12:05 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:20
  • Game attendance: 28,602
  • Game weather: 68 °F, Sunny
  • Referee: Chris Snead

Conference USA Championship GameEdit

1 234OTTotal
Knights 0 141300 27
Golden Hurricane 7 14066 33
  • Location: Tulsa, OK
  • Game start: 12:01 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:39
  • Game attendance: 17,635
  • Game weather: 73 °F, Overcast
  • Referee: Ed Ardito
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Brian Griese (color)

Beef 'O' Brady's BowlEdit

1 234Total
Knights 13 1573 38
Cardinals 0 737 17

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NCAA adds 1-year postseason bans to UCF penalties". WESH-TV Orlando. Archived from the original on December 9, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "UCF asks NCAA for expedited appeal". ESPN. August 15, 2012. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  3. ^ "Football Earns Second-Highest Finish in National Polls in Program History". University of Central Florida Athletics Association. January 8, 2013. Archived from the original on March 7, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "UCF ISP Radio Network". Archived from the original on February 13, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2012.