VIDEO: UCF Offense Finding Their Stride As Knights Conduct First Full Scrimmage
By Brian Ormiston, UCF // March 27, 2016
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (UCFKnights) – With the UCF offense installing a new system this year, it was no surprise that the defense won the first five practices of 2016 Spring Camp. On Friday, however, things changed.
The Knights held their first full scrimmage during practice No. 6 and the end zone was quite busy with the first, second and third team offenses successfully marching down the field throughout the day.
The scrimmage opened with a Justin McDonald interception, but a long touchdown from Nick Patti to Tre’Quan Smith set the stage for the rest of the session.
Pete DiNovo got into the act with a touchdown pass to Michael Colubiale who dragged one foot in bounds on his diving reception. After the Knights’ punt units did some work, Justin Holman delivered a 27-yard touchdown strike to Jordan Franks.
UCF’s D fired back with a stop and an interception from Nevelle Clarke before Matthew Wright connected on a 46-yard field goal.
The defensive line looked strong on the next drive, only to witness Garrett Kruzcek heave a 50-yard touchdown strike to Josh Maisel.
Taj McGowan and Patti both reached the end zone moments later, while the next drive stalled and Wright converted a 50-yard field goal.
The two-minute drill was up next and the defense started showing some muscle with a Jamiyus Pittman sack, a forced fumble by Drico Johnson and Shaquem Griffin as well as a Tre Neal interception.
The offense completed the day with a TD pass from Patti to Dontravious Wilson, while Tyler Harris led a drive that finished with a C.J. Jones rushing touchdown.
“Today’s going to give guys confidence in what we’re doing, and confidence in what they’re doing on the field. I really started to see guys believing in the philosophy that we have,” head coach Scott Frost said.
“We’re a different team than we were from practice one.
“I think the key for our team right now is we are six practices in, we have nine left, a lot of teams would probably put it on cruise control right now and just try to survive the rest of the spring. We are not going to have that luxury if we want to get where we want to get to. We have to keep our foot on the accelerator and keep ascending from here.”
Week three of Spring Camp will get underway on Monday.
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