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  Offensive depth has never been much of an issue for UCF during Heupel's tenure, particularly at wide receiver. When Gabriel Davis declared early for the NFL draft, it seemed the Knights had many options to offset the loss of his record-setting numbers. Enter senior Marlon Williams, who has quickly become one of Gabriel's favorite options. Williams has been targeted 30 times through the first two games, leading the team in receptions (23) and receiving yards (290). He also has six plays of at least 20 yards so far this season.

"The truth is that Marlon has been showing out forever," Gabriel said. "Last year, there was Gabe and Tre [Nixon] and this year it's Tre, Jacob [Harris]...there's so many guys that we don't have just one guy to focus on and I think that's the beauty of it - that we have a bunch of weapons all over the field." Robinson, who sat out last season after transferring from Oklahoma, has become another deep threat. The redshirt sophomore has 15 catches for 255 yards and two touchdowns. His 17 yards per catch is second behind Nixon's 23.50 average. Robinson's 64-yard touchdown grab against East Carolina was the longest play from scrimmage this season and he has three of the team's four longest plays this season. - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#58 WR) Sr/2021 WR Marlon WilliamsCentral Florida
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  SEPT 28 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Dillon Gabriel, UCF, So., QB, Mililani, Hawaii,...Gabriel earns Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week after he registered his second straight game with at least 400 passing yards to lead the Knights to a 51-28 win at East Carolina. Gabriel completed 32 of 47 passes for 408 yards and four touchdowns, becoming the first UCF player in program history with back-to-back 400-yard games. The four TD passes came as part of a string of 41 straight points for the Knights, while Gabriel set a school record with 18 consecutive completions in the second and third quarters. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#18 QB) So/2023 QB Dillon GabrielCentral Florida
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  SEPT 28 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Daniel Obarski, UCF, So., K, Chandler, Ariz.,...Obarski scored 15 points to help UCF to a 51-28 win at East Carolina in the Knights' conference opener. Obarski went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, making the first three attempts of his career by connecting from 26, 33 and 31 yards, and was 6-for-6 on PATs. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#999 K) So/2023 K Daniel ObarskiCentral Florida
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  09/28/20 - Eriq GilyardJr/2022, Central Florida, 5-11, 228 (DS#21 ILB) + More +

  SEPT 28 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Eriq Gilyard, UCF, Jr., LB,...Had six tackles with two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in a 51-28 win at East Carolina. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#21 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB Eriq GilyardCentral Florida
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  SEPT 26 CFB STARS: Dillon Gabriel, Central Florida, threw for 408 yards and four TDs to help the No. 13 Knights beat East Carolina 51-28. - AP College Football

(DS#18 QB) So/2023 QB Dillon GabrielCentral Florida
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  It wasn't the way UCF wanted to start its road contest against East Carolina, but the Knights overcame mistakes and penalties to blow out the Pirates 51-28 Saturday. Quarterback Dillon Gabriel threw four touchdown passes for the second consecutive game and at one point completed a school-record 18 consecutive passes as the offense generated more than 600 yards during back-to-back games. It was the 41st straight game that the Knights scored at least one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown. It was another inauspicious start for No. 13 UCF (2-0, 1-0 AAC), which gave up a touchdown after a 75-yard kickoff return to Georgia Tech on the opening drive last week. During Week 2 against East Carolina (0-1, 0-1 AAC), pre-snap penalties crushed the Knights' early momentum. UCF committed false starts during its first four offensive plays of the game, a trend that proved tough to shake. The Knights set a school record with 19 penalties for a loss of 139 yards. UCF trailed in the first quarter for the second consecutive week after a 17-yard Darius Pinnix touchdown run gave East Carolina an early 7-0 lead. But it would be all Knights the rest of the way, with UCF scoring 41 consecutive points. A week after passing for a career-high 417 yards in the opener, Gabriel connected with six different receivers for 408 yards. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#18 QB) So/2023 QB Dillon GabrielCentral Florida
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  Dillon Gabriel threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns to help No. 13 Central Florida beat East Carolina 51-28 on Saturday to open its American Athletic Conference schedule. Jaylon Robinson and Marlon Williams each had huge games as Gabriel's top targets for the Knights (2-0, 1-0). Robinson had nine catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns, while Williams had a career-best 13 catches for 136 yards. Throw in Greg McCrae's short first-quarter scoring run to lead a productive ground game, and UCF finished with 632 yards with its fast-paced offense pushing the tempo to keep the pressure on.

The Knights had a penalty-filled start in the first quarter - including four false-start penalties while trying to get off their first offensive snap - before settling in and blowing the game open with a pair of touchdowns in the final 5 minutes before halftime. Holton Ahlers threw for 215 yards and three TDs for the Pirates (0-1, 0-1), who were making a delayed start to the season after coronavirus-related scheduling changes. And it came in an essentially empty Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium due to COVID-19 protocols, with only a smattering of player family members in attendance. - AP College Football


(DS#999 WR) rSo/2023 WR Jaylon RobinsonCentral Florida
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  09/24/20 - Otis AndersonSr/2021, Central Florida, 5-11, 174 (DS#29 RB) + More +

  As the country battles the coronavirus pandemic, Otis Anderson wondered whether he would ever play football again at UCF. Like many of his teammates, Anderson found himself stuck at home in isolation away from his teammates and as the hours turned into days and then weeks into months, Anderson considered his future. "Some of the players, we got discouraged during the summer because it was tough not being here and working out together," Anderson said. "During the summer, there were times when I thought about opting out. "But I think that crossed everyone's mind, just the fact the whole virus was spreading and the unknowns of the future and how it would affect you. I think everyone had that thought process."

But gloom turned to excitement as players returned to campus in June and back onto the football field Saturday as No. 13 UCF defeated Georgia Tech 49-21 during the season opener in Atlanta. "It was a great feeling, especially [considering] the fact we might not have had a season," Anderson said. "There were a lot of questions on whether we would be able to play." The Knights rushed for 243 yards, with six players sharing 51 carries. Anderson led the team in rushing yards (88) and carries (18). He added a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. "He's done it time and time again," said UCF co-offensive coordinator Anthony Tucker, who's been Anderson's position coach for the past two seasons. "He's as dependable as it gets. I didn't expect anything than what he did." - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#29 RB) Sr/2021 RB Otis AndersonCentral Florida
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  Less than 48 hours after proclaiming his team as the best in Florida, UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel did what any pure passer worth his eye black would do. He held firm in the proverbial pocket. Gabriel stood by his proclamation during a brief session with reporters Monday, two days after his 417-yard, four-touchdown performance in the Knights' 49-21 romp of Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The week before, the Yellow Jackets defeated FSU, 16-13. "I said what I said, and I was confident in it," said Gabriel, whose performance thrust him into early Heisman chatter. "It's up for you guys to feel whatever you guys want to feel. Everyone has the right to their opinion, but I still feel we're the best team in Florida, and that's all I've got to say." To this point, only four of the state's seven Division I-A programs have played a game. Florida, Florida Atlantic and Florida International are slated to open their seasons this weekend. Following UCF's win Saturday, it moved up one spot - to No. 13 - in the latest Associated Press rankings, behind No. 12 Miami (2-0) and the fifth-ranked Gators. - Tampa Tribune

(DS#18 QB) So/2023 QB Dillon GabrielCentral Florida
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  SEPT 21 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Dillon Gabriel, UCF, So., QB, Mililani, Hawaii,...Gabriel was chosen as the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week after he enjoyed a career day in the Knights' 49-21 win at Georgia Tech in UCF's season-opener. Gabriel completed 27 of 41 passes for a career-high 417 yards and four touchdowns, becoming the fifth player in program history to throw for more than 400 yards with four TDs in a game. Gabriel earned the second Walter Camp of his young career after first earning the honor as a freshman last season. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#18 QB) So/2023 QB Dillon GabrielCentral Florida
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  SEPT 21 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Josh Celiscar, UCF, Fr., DL,...Had two tackles with an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in his first career game, a 49-21 win at Georgia Tech. - American Athletic Conference Football

(DS#999 DE) Fr/2024 DE Josh CeliscarCentral Florida
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  SEP 20 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: DILLON GABRIEL, UCF, Sophomore, Quarterback, Mililani, Hawaii/Mililani,...Dillon Gabriel completed 27-of-41 passes for 417 yards and four touchdowns as 13th-ranked UCF defeated Georgia Tech, 49-21. Gabriel also rushed for 30 yards and led UCF to 660 yards of total offense. Notes: Dillon Gabriel earns Walter Camp National Player of Week honors for the second time (Sept. 15, 2019) and is the fifth UCF player to win the award since 2004. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

(DS#18 QB) So/2023 QB Dillon GabrielCentral Florida
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  Dillon Gabriel made sure Central Florida didn't let another game slip away on the road. The sophomore threw for a career-best 417 yards and four touchdowns, leading the No. 14 Knights to a 49-21 victory over Georgia Tech in their season opener Saturday. It was a rewarding performance for UCF, coming off the uncertainty of the pandemic-affected summer and a bit of a disappointing season by its standards in 2019. The Knights lost three games - all on the road - by a total of seven points.

After falling behind 28-7, Georgia Tech closed within a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. But Gabriel led a dominating performance the rest of the way, finishing 27 of 41 to eclipse his previous career high of 365 yards in a game last season at East Carolina. "We had so many guys making plays all over the field," Gabriel said. "When that happens, you see what we can do." UCF bounced back after giving up a long return on the opening kickoff and falling behind less than a minute into the game. Tre Nixon and Marlon Williams each hauled in a pair of TD passes. Showing off its running back depth, UCF got touchdowns on the ground from Greg McCrae, Otis Anderson and Bentavious Thompson. Gabriel, a left-hander from Hawaii who claimed the starting job early in his freshman year, is the one who makes the fast-paced offense go. - Central Florida Football


(DS#18 QB) So/2023 QB Dillon GabrielCentral Florida
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  UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton has made tremendous strides as he continues his rehabilitation from a catastrophic knee injury that nearly cost him his leg in 2018. While most people associated with the Knights football program believe Milton's return to the football field is inevitable, don't expect it to happen soon. UCF coach Josh Heupel ruled out Milton for the season opener against Georgia Tech on Saturday in Atlanta and the foreseeable future. "McKenzie won't play in this football game here and realistically the first couple weeks of the season," Heupel said. "He's continuing to do more and more out at practice. His heath is continuing to get better. He's throwing with our guys and moving around the pocket and doing those types of things. I think he's getting more and more comfortable."

Milton's spent the past 22 months recovering from a horrific knee injury he suffered during the Knights' 2018 regular-season finale against USF at Raymond James Stadium. He had emergency surgery at Tampa General Hospital to repair damaged nerves and restore blood flow to his lower right leg. The injury nearly forced doctors to amputate his leg. He was in a wheelchair or on crutches for the first five months following the surgery and it wasn't until earlier this year that doctors cleared him to ditch a restrictive brace for a less bulky one that allowed him to increase his physical activities. - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2021 QB McKenzie MiltonCentral Florida
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  09/05/20 - Tay GowanrSr/2021, Central Florida, 6-1, 185 (DS#50 CB) + More +

  UCF cornerback Tay Gowan said he opted out of playing during the 2020 season because of concerns about his daughter's health. In a social media post published Wednesday, the redshirt senior thanked Knights fans for their support and explained his decision not to play this season. "I'm a father first to a beautiful baby girl who was born prematurely with health problems," Gowan posted on Twitter. "I have also tested positive for COVID in the past and I will not put my daughters health at risk again. "Her health is important, my health is important."

Gowan went on to thank the UCF football program and the coaching staff before announcing he was entering his name into the 2021 NFL draft. "I've came to the toughest decision in my life as a man and I have to stand on what I believe is right. I love this game with all my heart and never thought I'd have to make this decision. With that being said I WILL BE ENTERING MY NAME IN THE 2021 DRAFT!!! #23OUT #GowanIsland," he wrote. Gowan was among 10 Knights UCF coach Josh Heupel said chose to opt out this season. Several of them posted on social media they planned to play for UCF next season. - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#50 CB) rSr/2021 CB Tay GowanCentral Florida
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