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  Dillon Gabriel accounted for five touchdowns, including three TD passes to Jacob Harris, and UCF beat South Florida 58-46 on Friday night in the season finale for both teams. Gabriel was 22-of-36 passing for 336 yards and four touchdowns with an interception and scored on a 12-yard run late in the third quarter. Harris finished with five receptions for 110 yards. Greg McCrae had 25 carries for 130 yards and a score and Ben Thompson added 110 yards rushing and two TDs on 16 carries for UCF (6-3, 5-3 American Athletic Conference). Jordan McCloud had 404 yards passing and four touchdowns with no interceptions for the Bulls. Bryce Miller had 11 receptions for 121 yards and two TDs and DeVontres Odoms-Dukes had scoring catches of 23 and 14 yards. Dwayne Boyles intercepted a pass by Gabriel near midfield and three plays later Brian Battie scored on a 1-yard run to trim USF's deficit to 45-38 with 10:10 to play.

The Bulls defense then forced UCF to go three-and-out but, on the next play from scrimmage, Divaad Wilson forced fumble that was recovered by Keenan Hester. Three plays later on fourth-and-7 at the USF 37 - with the Knights clinging to a 7-point lead - Gabriel hit O'Keefe for a 12-yard gain. After USF was penalized for having 12 men on the field, McCrae scored on a 20-yard run to make it 52-38 with 6:34 remaining. UCF, which recovered two Bulls fumbles, went into the game leading the nation with 20 forced turnovers and 11 fumble recoveries. The Knights have won four games in a row in the War on I-4 rivalry and are 6-6 all-time against USF. - UCF/AP College Football


(DS#19 QB) So/2023 QB Dillon GabrielCentral Florida
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  Jake Hescock has seen a lot in his three seasons as a tight end at UCF, but the redshirt senior isn't quite ready to close his college career. The Massachusetts native is going to take advantage of a one-time NCAA waiver that allows players who participated in this pandemic-altered season to receive an additional year of eligibility. "I think I'm definitely going to take it," Hescock said. "I think getting another year under [tight ends coach Alex] Golesh is going to be beneficial for me."

Hescock has appeared in 33 games during his career with the Knights, starting 12 times. He has 18 catches for 137 yards and five touchdowns during that stretch. This season, Hescock has seven catches for 37 yards and two touchdowns. He's spent time on the offensive line, at the slot position, at wideout and in the backfield to provide pass protection or run blocking. "We also have a very young room and it gives me an opportunity to leave a legacy with those guys," Hescock explained. "To help them figure out how to get things done and the process of being a college football player. So if I can stay and pass that along to those guys and get another year under Coach Golesh and grow, that sounds good to me." - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#34 TE) rSr/2021 TE Jake HescockCentral Florida
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  His first surgery started less than three hours after the injury, one of the many factors that opened the door to his recovery. Milton endured multiple surgeries and one doctor told him 50% of people with the same injury need to have the leg amputated because the artery is too damaged or severed and it's too late to restore blood flow. Milton used a wheelchair or crutches for the first five months following surgery and it wasn't until earlier this year that doctors allowed him to ditch a restrictive brace for a less bulky one that allowed him to increase his physical activities. He received clearance from his doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to return to practice in August and recently began working out with the team in full pads. He also took over as quarterback for the scout team.

"He's a pretty good one," coach Josh Heupel said when asked how good of a scout-team quarterback Milton has been for the Knights. "It's great to see him out there and playing with bodies around him and doing some of the things he's accustomed to doing before the injury." ESPN's College GameDay Saturday featured Milton, sharing his grueling recovery process. "I believe I'll play football again," Milton told ESPN Tom Rinaldi, reiterating the faith he has shared throughout his recovery process. - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2021 QB McKenzie MiltonCentral Florida
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  11/23/20 - Richie GrantrSr/2021, Central Florida, 6-0, 194 (DS#8 FS) + More +

  NOV 23 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Richie Grant, UCF, Sr., S,...Had a game-and career-high 16 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups in a 36-33 loss to No. 7 Cincinnati. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#8 FS) rSr/2021 FS Richie GrantCentral Florida
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  Former Alabama defensive back Aaron Robinson, now at Central Florida, has been added to the roster for the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile. The 6-foot-1, 193-pound Robinson played at Alabama in 2016, seeing action in 13 games as a reserve defensive back before transferring back to his home state early the next year. The Deerfield Beach, Fla., native has started the last two seasons at nickelback for the Knights, totaling 98 tackles, three interceptions and 21 pass breakups heading into Saturday's game with Temple. Robinson is the fourth player with state of Alabama ties announced for the 2021 Senior Bowl, which takes place Jan. 30 at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile. - Birmingham News

(DS#14 CB) rSr/2021 CB Aaron RobinsonCentral Florida
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  NOV 16 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Marlon Williams, UCF, Jr., WR,...Had four receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-13 win against Temple. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#20 WR) Sr/2021 WR Marlon WilliamsCentral Florida
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  11/16/20 - Eriq GilyardJr/2022, Central Florida, 5-11, 228 (DS#33 ILB) + More +

  NOV 16 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Eriq Gilyard, UCF, Jr., LB,...Had 12 tackles (matching his career high), a sack, 3.0 tackles for loss a forced fumble and a six-yard fumble return that set up a touchdown in a 38-13 win against Temple. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#33 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB Eriq GilyardCentral Florida
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  Dillon Gabriel threw a pair of touchdown passes to Marlon Williams and Central Florida rolled to a 38-13 victory over Temple on Saturday night. Gabriel was 12 of 22 for 268 yards passing without an interception. Williams had four catches for 102 yards. The duo connected on touchdowns of 23 and 21 yards in the third quarter. Jaylon Robinson finished with four receptions for 113 yards for UCF (5-2, 4-2 American Conference). Greg McCrae had touchdown runs of 7 and 1 yard, and Otis Anderson had a 14-yard scoring run in the first quarter. Tayvon Ruley ran 23 times for 90 yards for Temple (1-5, 1-5). Onasis Neely had a 5-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. The Knights have won four straight against the Owls. - AP College Football

(DS#19 QB) So/2023 QB Dillon GabrielCentral Florida
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  UCF coach Josh Heupel apologized for the behavior of several Knights football players involved in a traffic stop that led to the arrest of defensive back Antwan Collier. UCF police officers noticed two cars that appeared to be racing near campus early Thursday morning. One of the cars was pulled over by police on Gemini Boulevard near Libra Drive. Police identified Antwan Collier as the driver and linebacker Eric Mitchell and defensive backs Aaron Robinson and Brandon Moore as passengers.

Officers reported they smelled cannabis inside the car. While searching the car, they found a backpack on a passenger-side floorboard with a "loaded AR 15 semi-automatic rifle with a magazine inserted" and a "Glock pistol with an extended magazine." Mitchell had a valid concealed carry license and the firearms were placed in the trunk of the car but Collier said he had a third gun under the driver's seat. He told the police he also had a concealed carry license, but officers could not confirm it existed. Collier also told police he had an identification card and intended to get his license, but he did not have one with him. Officers arrested Collier and charged him with driving without a license and carrying a firearm without a license. - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#999 FS) Sr/2021 FS Antwan CollierCentral Florida
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  NOV 2 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Daniel Obarski, UCF, So., K, Chandler, Ariz.,...Obarski scored 14 points, matching his career high with three field goals, to help UCF to a 44-21 win at Houston. He connected on field goals of 34, 24 and 38 yards in the first half to help stake the Knights to a 23-7 halftime lead. Obarski ranks third in The American at kicker scoring at 9.0 points per game. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#13 K) So/2023 K Daniel ObarskiCentral Florida
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  NOV 2 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Dillon Gabriel, UCF, So., QB,...Completed 19 of 33 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns without an interception in a 44-21 win at Houston. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#19 QB) So/2023 QB Dillon GabrielCentral Florida
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  Dillon Gabriel passed for 328 yards and two touchdowns, UCF rushed for another 300-plus and the balanced, high-octane offense swamped Houston 44-21 on Saturday. Gabriel, who leads the nation in yards passing per game, was 19 of 33 for 328 yards with a pair of TD passes to Ryan O'Keefe. Otis Anderson (170 yards rushing), Greg McCrae (107) and Ben Thompson (87) each ran for touchdowns as the Knights (4-2, 3-2 American Athletic Conference) piled up 681 yards of offense. Gabriel has thrown 166 passes without an interception.

Houston (2-2, 2-1) lost for the first time in conference with Clayton Tune throwing two interceptions that resulted in 14 UCF points. Tune was 21-of-41 passing for 263 yards and a touchdown. Tune capped a quick, 82-yard fourth-quarter drive with a touchdown toss and two-point conversion pass, closing to 37-21 with 4:17 remaining. The Cougars onside kick attempt failed, and McCrae made a huge third-and-long conversion with a 20-yard gain that led to Anderson's 28-yard touchdown, icing the game. UCF starting defensive back Antwan Collier did not make the trip. Collier was arrested by campus police Thursday and charged with carrying a concealed firearm without a license. - UCF/AP College Football


(DS#19 QB) So/2023 QB Dillon GabrielCentral Florida
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  At 6-foot-7, Hescock has become a target for Gabriel in the red zone, with both of his touchdowns coming inside the opponent's 20, including a 4-yard score during the Knights' win over Tulane Saturday. All five of his career touchdowns have come inside the red zone. "I think that was one of the things that were a point of emphasis for him being able to grow in his ability to use him down the field and in the passing game," UCF coach Josh Heupel said. "He caught a couple of passes this week, one which was a touchdown. "I think he's grown as a complete player, but as an emphasis with Coach [Alex] Golesh coming in, he's gotten into details of route running and coverage recognition and trying to put himself in the right place for the quarterback to catch the ball."

Golesh, who coaches the Knights' tight ends, said Hescock is growing at a good rate. "We put a lot on him this offseason and I think missing spring was huge just in terms of the plans we had at developing him into a receiver," Golesh said. "He's done a good job and we're able to play him more whether the ball's come to him or not, he's been in a position to make plays." While Hescock's role as an offensive target has grown, so have his contributions as a blocker in the run game. "He's been challenged in a big way the last two weeks [to help]...us to run the ball better," Golesh said. "He's stepped up in that way a week ago and he's got to continue to do the dirty work and the reward of the catches will come." - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#34 TE) rSr/2021 TE Jake HescockCentral Florida
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  OCT 26 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Marlon Williams, UCF, Sr., WR,...Had nine receptions for 174 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-34 win against Tulane. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#20 WR) Sr/2021 WR Marlon WilliamsCentral Florida
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  OCT 26 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Dillon Gabriel, UCF, So., QB,...Completed 26 of 40 passes for 422 yards and five touchdowns in a 51-34 win against Tulane. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#19 QB) So/2023 QB Dillon GabrielCentral Florida
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