Spring Football: Young UCF Players to Watch

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles runs for TD

The UCF Knights had a fantastic season in 2013 and as spring practice begins on Wednesday, they prepare for another successful year. We already know that QB Blake Bortles is moving on to bigger things as a pro player but back in Orlando, there are some young players who are considered to be up and comers. Not every young athlete will get a chance to start but there is plenty of talent to keep your eyes on.

  • OT Chester Brown- RS Sophomore

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Brown will be a crucial part of UCF’s process to rebuild the offensive line. This talented, 6’4″, 308-pound player is versatile. He changed from defensive tackle and now he’s said to be the most athletic player on the offensive line for the Knights. This spring, Brown will have the chance to prove himself and show how effective he can be on the edge.

  • LB Justin McDonald- Sophomore

Because of injuries last season, McDonald got an opportunity to play. He moved from safety to linebacker and it didn’t take long for him to show his instincts to make an instant impact. Even though he didn’t practice at linebacker last season, he has a natural quickness to make big plays. McDonald may have to fight for a spot but if he adds some weight this spring, he may be a solid starting contender.

  • CB Shaquill Griffin- Sophomore

This is a talented, young player who will be able to fight for Sean Maag’s former role. Griffin has considerable size and speed to cover man-on-man. He played last season when Jacoby Glenn was injured and it was because of his play during that time that coaches are now wanting to see more from him. There will be tough competition at this spot and it will ultimately come down to who can cover in the slot and on the outside.

For more on this story visit: Paul Tenorio, Orlando Sentinel