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  03/22/20 - Tre NixonrSr/2021, Central Florida, 6-1, 180 (DS#63 WR) + More +

  UCF has closed the book on Gabriel Davis' stellar career and the Knights are already working to identify their next great wide receiver. It's a story receivers coach Darrell Wyatt said hasn't been written yet. When Wyatt was asked who would replace Davis, who declared early for the NFL after setting the single-season school record with 1,241 yards and 12 touchdowns this past season, he responded, "I was asked this question two years ago. That's still a work in progress. Who's going to be the guy? I think you earn that in practice. You earn that in the scrimmages. "We've got some talented guys. We've got a few guys that have come back and made some plays, but past results do not guarantee future results. Every day, they come out and grind and the guy that emerges will be the go-to guy."

Before UCF suspended spring football workouts due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Knights' receivers were battling to show Wyatt they could replace Davis. Tre Nixon entered the offseason as a strong candidate for the job. Nixon was second on the team behind Davis in receiving yards (830) and receiving touchdowns (7) last season while third in catches (49) behind Davis and Marlon Williams. He also was targeted 94 times, second-most behind Davis (133). "Tre's done a great job for us for two years," Wyatt said. "He's had some big plays for us. He's been able to get deep and give us some big plays, but he wants to improve his overall game. He's been in what we call the lab, working on his craft." Nixon, who transferred from Ole Miss in 2017, points to several areas of his game he's hoping to bolster this spring. - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#63 WR) rSr/2021 WR Tre NixonCentral Florida
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  03/10/20 - Richie GrantrSr/2021, Central Florida, 6-0, 194 (DS#3 FS) + More +

  UCF athletic director Danny White has signed a five-year contract that will pay him more than $1 million annually. White's base salary will start at $1.081 million and increase by 5% every year on the rollover date. The deal includes a $2.5 million buyout, which White or his new employer would owe UCF if he leaves the school before May 11, 2021 to become an athletic director at another school, an executive with a professional team, college conference or the NCAA, or an executive with a sports marketing, sports management company, broadcasting or social media company.

One of Duke AD Kevin White's five children, Danny White has helped UCF reach new heights since taking over in 2015. The football program has been one of the nation's best over the last three years, including going undefeated in 2017 and prompting White to declare the Knights national champions. The men's basketball team made the NCAA Tournament last year and barely lost to Duke in the second round. He also helped raise $31.7 million in financial commitments in 2019, nearly double the previous year and nearly four times what UCF raised just three years earlier. - AP College Football


(DS#3 FS) rSr/2021 FS Richie GrantCentral Florida
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  UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel will remain on campus while his classmates enjoy spring break next week. He wouldn't have it any other way. Instead of hitting the beach or going to parties, Gabriel's days will consist of a grind of workouts and film room sessions. Because in the end, an undefeated football season is worth more to the sophomore than a few days off. Why the relentless pursuit of perfection? "Obviously, not doing what I wanted, which is going undefeated," Gabriel said when asked why he felt the need to push himself during the spring. "That was our goal. We didn't meet that and when you don't meet a goal, you're disappointed.

"Personally, I'm going to do whatever it takes to get back to where we should be." UCF posted a 10-3 record in 2019, the program's third consecutive double-digit win season, but the three losses were the most since the 2016 campaign. Gabriel, who took over the starting job in Week 2, set a school record for passing yards in a season by a freshman with 3,653 yards. His 29 touchdown passes were the third-most in a season by a Knights quarterback and his passer rating (156.92) was the fifth-best in school history. But there were growing pains for the true freshman. All seven of Gabriel's interceptions took place during the team's three losses: Pittsburgh (2), Cincinnati (3) and Tulsa (2). - Orlando Sentinel


(DS#14 QB) So/2023 QB Dillon GabrielCentral Florida
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  McKenzie Milton was tired, fatigued and, given the import of the occasion, maybe, a little jubilant, too. For the first time in the 15 months since the University of Central Florida quarterback was carted off the field on a stretcher in the final regular-season game of the Knights' 2018 football season, Milton was jogging again. "It was hard, I got tired fast. I definitely hadn't felt that way in a long time, so it was good," he said about a modest jog at the Knights' athletic training facility in Orlando two weeks ago. For the Mililani High graduate, it is a journey best measured not in how far he went that day but in how far he has come since his right leg was left painfully contorted by a hit from a University of South Florida defender.

Back then, as they rushed him to a hospital, there were concerns whether the player who had led the Knights to a 23-game winning streak would even be able to keep his right leg from amputation, much less jog unaided again after suffering torn ligaments, a dislocated knee, a severed artery and nerve damage. But there he was Wednesday on Twitter in a brace, planting on the surgically repaired right leg and flinging passes on the practice field to a distant receiver again, an exercise once routine but now celebrated as a hard-earned milestone. "It felt good, the muscle memory was coming back fairly quickly," Milton said. It was the lower half of the body that took some time to get reacquainted. - Honolulu Advertiser


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2021 QB McKenzie MiltonCentral Florida
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  Quarterback McKenzie Milton, his surgically repaired right leg encased in a brace, has returned to the practice field for the University of Central Florida football team, firing passes at the start of spring practice. Video of the Mililani High graduate planting the right leg and throwing passes in Orlando, Fla., was posted on the team's Twitter account with the notation, "Progress every day. #10hana," and quickly drew more than 400 comments Wednesday.

Milton was a two-time American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year when he suffered a gruesome injury to his right knee after being hit in the Nov. 23, 2018 regular-season finale against South Florida. Milton tore his lateral collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament, dislocated his knee, severed an artery and suffered nerve damage. Initially, there was concern the leg might have to be amputated. Milton underwent several surgeries and months of physical therapy. He continues the rehabilitation process, the school said. - Honolulu Advertiser


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2021 QB McKenzie MiltonCentral Florida
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  12/23/19 - Richie GrantrSr/2021, Central Florida, 6-0, 194 (DS#3 FS) + More +

  Richie Grant and Tre'mon Morris-Brash had first-quarter defensive touchdowns, Dillon Gabriel lead three third-quarter scoring drives and Central Florida beat Marshall 48-25 in the Gasparilla Bowl on Monday. Grant had a 39-yard interception return on Marshall's third play from scrimmage 56 seconds into the game and Morris-Brash recovered a fumble and ran it 55 yards for a score that helped UCF go up 21-0 with 7 minutes left in the first quarter. Gabriel threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Otis Anderson, connected on a 75-yard score with Marlon Williams, and added a 3-yard TD run as UCF went ahead 45-22 with 6:39 remaining in the third. Gabriel completed 14 of 24 passes for 260 yards as the Knights (10-3) reached 10 or more wins in a school-record third consecutive season. Williams caught seven passes for 132 yards and Greg McCrae had 80 rushing yards on 14 carries. Isaiah Green went 9 of 23 for 173 yards with a TD and had a rushing touchdown for Marshall (8-5). Brenden Knox, the Conference USA MVP, had 103 yards on 26 carries. - AP College Football

(DS#3 FS) rSr/2021 FS Richie GrantCentral Florida
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  2019 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Gabriel Davis, UCF, Jr.,...Davis (Sanford, Fla.), who was a second-team selection last season, led the Knights with 72 receptions for 1,241 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns in 2019. His yardage set a new UCF single-season record, topping the previous best of 1,237 by Doug Gabriel back in 2002. With 12 touchdowns, Davis was two-shy of the program record of 14 receiving scores in a season. He had five games of 100 or more receiving yards on the season, four of which came in consecutive games, which is tied for the second longest streak by a UCF receiver. He ranks eighth in the nation in receiving touchdowns and fifth in receiving yards. - Central Florida Football

(DS#13 WR) Jr/2020 WR *Gabriel DavisCentral Florida
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  12/08/19 - Richie GrantrSr/2021, Central Florida, 6-0, 194 (DS#3 FS) + More +

  2019 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): S Richie Grant, UCF, Jr.,...Grant (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.), also a back-to-back first-team honoree, led the UCF defense in a big improvement from a year ago. The team ranked 34th in the nation in total defense, allowing just 344.8 yards per game, and 38th in scoring defense, giving up 22.8 points per contest. In his third season on the field, Grant totaled 68 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, and eight pass break-ups, while the Knights help opponents to just 28 percent on third-down conversions, which ranks sixth in the nation. - Central Florida Football

(DS#3 FS) rSr/2021 FS Richie GrantCentral Florida
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  12/08/19 - Jake BrownrSr/2020, Central Florida, 6-3, 305 (DS#38 OG) + More +

  2019 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OT Jake Brown, UCF, Sr.,...Brown (Encinitas, Calif.), earning his second straight first-team selection, protected left-handed quarterback Dillon Gabriel's blindside all season long, starting all 12 games at right tackle. The UCF offensive line allowed just 23 sacks in 2019, as Gabriel threw for a Knights freshman record 3,393 yards. The offensive line also allowed the offense to rush for 2,599 yards and 32 touchdowns on the ground. Brown and crew assisted in four different backs totaling over 400 yards on the ground and at least five touchdowns. - Central Florida Football

(DS#38 OG) rSr/2020 OG Jake BrownCentral Florida
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  2019 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): CB Aaron Robinson, UCF, Jr.,...Sophomore offensive guard Cole Schneider, senior running back Adrian Killins Jr., senior defensive end Brendon Hayes, senior linebacker Nate Evans and junior cornerback Aaron Robinson all received second-team honors. With 12 overall honors in 2019 and 16 selections in 2018, the Knights have picked up 28 all-conference nods over the last two seasons under Josh Heupel, which is the most for any team in The American during that span. - Central Florida Football

(DS#9 CB) rSr/2021 CB Aaron RobinsonCentral Florida
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  12/08/19 - Nate EvansSr/2020, Central Florida, 6-0, 248 (DS#51 OLB) + More +

  2019 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB Nate Evans, UCF, Sr.,...Sophomore offensive guard Cole Schneider, senior running back Adrian Killins Jr., senior defensive end Brendon Hayes, senior linebacker Nate Evans and junior cornerback Aaron Robinson all received second-team honors. With 12 overall honors in 2019 and 16 selections in 2018, the Knights have picked up 28 all-conference nods over the last two seasons under Josh Heupel, which is the most for any team in The American during that span. - Central Florida Football

(DS#51 OLB) Sr/2020 OLB Nate EvansCentral Florida
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  2019 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Brendon Hayes, UCF, Sr.,...Sophomore offensive guard Cole Schneider, senior running back Adrian Killins Jr., senior defensive end Brendon Hayes, senior linebacker Nate Evans and junior cornerback Aaron Robinson all received second-team honors. With 12 overall honors in 2019 and 16 selections in 2018, the Knights have picked up 28 all-conference nods over the last two seasons under Josh Heupel, which is the most for any team in The American during that span. - Central Florida Football

(DS#31 DT) rSr/2020 DT Brendon HayesCentral Florida
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  2019 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB Adrian Killins, UCF, Sr.,...Sophomore offensive guard Cole Schneider, senior running back Adrian Killins Jr., senior defensive end Brendon Hayes, senior linebacker Nate Evans and junior cornerback Aaron Robinson all received second-team honors. With 12 overall honors in 2019 and 16 selections in 2018, the Knights have picked up 28 all-conference nods over the last two seasons under Josh Heupel, which is the most for any team in The American during that span. - Central Florida Football

(DS#34 RB) Sr/2020 RB Adrian Killins Jr.Central Florida
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  2019 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OG Cole Schneider, UCF So.,...Sophomore offensive guard Cole Schneider, senior running back Adrian Killins Jr., senior defensive end Brendon Hayes, senior linebacker Nate Evans and junior cornerback Aaron Robinson all received second-team honors. With 12 overall honors in 2019 and 16 selections in 2018, the Knights have picked up 28 all-conference nods over the last two seasons under Josh Heupel, which is the most for any team in The American during that span. - Central Florida Football

(DS#9 OG) rJr/2022 OG Cole SchneiderCentral Florida
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  2019 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DL Kenny Turnier, UCF, Jr.,...There were also four Knights that collected honorable mention all-conference accolades; junior running back Otis Anderson, senior cornerback Nevelle Clarke, junior wide receiver Tre Nixon, and junior defensive tackle Kenny Turnier. - Central Florida Football

(DS#30 DT) rSr/2021 DT Kenny TurnierCentral Florida
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