It’s 90 degrees outside, the fans are sitting in the bleachers of Bright House Network Stadium with a couple clouds spreading shade above the home team’s tunnel, and alongside head coach Scott Frost, will be the 2016 starting quarterback for the black and gold, senior Justin Holman, helping to leading the team out of the tunnel
Holman, alongside offensive weapons such as redshirt sophomore wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith, Sophomore wide receiver Cam Stewart and senior running back Dontravious Wilson, will look to lead the Knights on a rebound season with a new, fast-paced offensive scheme that Frost has been training his team to be masters of during this recent, soon to be over, off-season.
The offense isn’t the only thing that is new and improved. A pumped up defense led by the senior Griffin twins, cornerback Shaquill and outside linebacker Shaquem, with the extra fierceness added by senior cornerback D.J. Killings, is ready to take the field against South Carolina State on September 3.
The Knights have nearly 70 different players on their first depth chart of the 2016 season and have backups with loads of experience ready to play if needed. Such backups include redshirt senior quarterback Nick Patti, sophomore running back Taj McGowan and redshirt sophomore tightend Jordan Atkins. Atkins will play backup to the starter, to junior Jordan Franks.
On the special team’s squad, sophomore Tristian Payton will return kickoffs and redshirt junior Chris Johnson will return punts on fourth downs. Sophomore Donald De La Haye will take care of placekicks while sharing responsibilities with redshirt sophomore Matthew Wright.
UCF will take on the Bulldogs at home at 7 p.m.