Knights quarterbacks coach Jeff Lebby offered encouraging comments on Saturday in a pre-Fiesta Bowl media session, per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com: “Yeah, I think so. We’ll kind of wait and see. I think it’s day-to-day with him. That’s just the reality of it, and working through it all with him and our medical staff and seeing where it goes.”
The Knights lose three starters from an offensive line that helped lead the No. 8 rushing offense in the country (5.8 yards per carry) and allowed 1.46 sacks per game (No. 25). The left side will need to be replaced, but the right side was the best in the AAC.
Left tackle Wyatt Miller and left guard Tyler Hudanick graduated, and right tackle Jake Brown is retiring from football. The new left side will include tackle Elbert, a former Texas A&M and junior college transfer who backed up Miller this season. Notre Dame transfer Boudreaux is expected to be the new starting left guard. Elbert and Boudreaux were rated four-star prospects by 247Sports out of high school.
Now, coordinator Randy Shannon’s unit loses several key contributors, including most of the defensive line. Both kickers are also gone on special teams. With quarterback McKenzie Milton likely still out of the picture, more will be asked of the UCF defense next season. Here’s an early look at how UCF’s defense and specialists project for 2019.
UH was getting guys last year…didn’t turn out so well for us.
But perhaps the biggest recruiting get for the Knights and coach Josh Heupel came a little less than a month later when Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush announced he was enrolling at UCF as a graduate transfer.
“There is no question that when UCF becomes a transfer destination for high-profile players, I think that in and of itself illustrates how the perception of the program has changed,” said Tom Luginbill, ESPN’s national recruiting director.
And Wimbush isn’t the only transfer looking to continue his career with the Knights.
Defensive backs Jordan Hayes (Duke) and Devin Nixon (Western Kentucky) as well as linebacker Aundre Kearney (Virginia Tech) are already enrolled at UCF.
McCrae was only a sophomore