UCF’s Worton Up for ESPN Sport Science Newton Award

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – Jaws continue to drop when viewers catch a glimpse of J.J. Worton’s crucial one-handed touchdown catch at Temple Nov. 16. It also caught the eye of The ESPN Sport Science Newton Awards, which has selected Worton as a nominee for “Best Catch.”

Worton will travel to Los Angeles Friday-Sunday for the first edition of the awards show, “named in honor of science’s first MVP Sir Isaac Newton.” It will take place at the ESPN Sport Science set Saturday, premiere on ESPN Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. and air on ABC Feb. 22 as well.

Winners will be judged based on unprecedented scientific analysis of thousands of moments, plays and performances from the world of sports during 2013.  The findings of the extensive process will result in custom-made trophies awarded in a broad variety of categories such as “Outstanding Agility” and “Best Projectile Launch.”

Hosted by John Brenkus, ESPN Sport Science brings viewers amazing insights into athletic performance from a scientific viewpoint. Currently in its seventh year of production, the innovative approach of ESPN Sport Science has made it one of the company’s most decorated properties in recent years, garnering a total of six Emmys.  ESPN Sport Science is produced by ESPN and BASE Productions.

With No. 15 UCF trailing Temple, 36-29, and less than two minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Blake Bortles scrambled to his left and found Worton escaping behind the defense. The pass appeared to be overthrown, until the Homestead, Fla., native laid out and brought in the pigskin with his right hand, barely falling in bounds in the process for the 30-yard touchdown catch. It would be Worton’s 10th catch of the day as he had 179 yards and three touchdowns vs. the Owls.

Now tied at 36-36, the UCF defense halted Temple’s next drive in quick fashion. The Black and Gold got the ball back with 19 seconds left as Bortles connected with Rannell Hall on a 64-yard strike, setting up Shawn Moffitt’s game-winning 23-yard field goal as time expired. UCF improved to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the American Athletic Conference, as it was on its way to winning the league title and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, while also finishing 2013 ranked No. 10 in the country with a 12-1 record.

SOURCE: UCF Athletics

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