2012 UCF Knights football team

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2012 UCF Knights football
University of Central Florida UCF vertical text logo.svg
Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl Champions
C-USA East Division Co–Champions
C-USA Championship vs Tulsa, L 27–33 OT
Conference Conference USA East
2012 record 10–4 (7–1 C-USA)
Head coach George O'Leary (9th year)
Offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe (4th year)
Offensive scheme Pro Style
Defensive coordinator Jim Fleming (1st year)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Bright House Networks Stadium (Capacity: 45,323)
Seasons
« 2011 2013 »
2012 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
UCF xy   7 1         10 4  
East Carolina x   7 1         8 5  
Marshall   4 4         5 7  
Memphis   4 4         4 8  
UAB   2 6         3 9  
Southern Miss   0 8         0 12  
West
Tulsa xy   7 1         10 3  
SMU   5 3         7 6  
Rice   4 4         7 6  
Houston   4 4         5 7  
UTEP   2 6         3 9  
Tulane   2 6         2 10  
Championship: Tulsa 33, UCF 27
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 UCF Knights football team represented the University of Central Florida in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Knights played in the Eastern Division of Conference USA and played their home games at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The Knights were led by head coach George O'Leary, who was in his ninth season with the team.

The 2012 season marked UCF's last as a member of Conference USA, as the Knights moved to the American Athletic Conference in 2013. UCF was originally barred from postseason play for the season due to recruiting violations in both football and basketball under previous athletic director Keith Tribble.[1] The university had its appeal delayed until 2013 and was bowl-eligible for 2012.[2] For the fourth time as C-USA members, UCF won the Conference USA Eastern Division, though the Knights lost the Conference USA Championship game to Tulsa. As a result, the Knights appeared in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, in which they defeated Ball State, 38–17, for the second bowl victory in program history. The Knights finished the season receiving votes both in the AP and Coaches polls.[3]

All games were be broadcast live on the UCF-IMG radio network.[4] The Knights' flagship station was WYGM "740 The Game" in Orlando.

Personnel[edit]

Head Coach George O'Leary

Coaching staff[edit]

2012 UCF Knights coaching staff

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Charlie Taaffe
  • Running Backs – Danny Barrett
  • Wide Receivers – Sean Beckton
  • Offensive Line – Brent Key
  • Graduate Assistant – Jonathon Ford

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Jim Fleming
  • Defensive Backs – Kirk Callahan
  • Defensive Line – Blaise Winter
  • Defensive Assistant - Tyson Summers
  • Graduate Assistant – Mark Cammack
 

Special Teams

  • Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends – Allen Mogridge

Administrative Staff

  • Athletic Director (A.D.) – Todd Stansbury
  • Assistant A.D. for Football Operations – Marty O'Leary
  • Director of Player Personnel – Drew Hughes

Roster[edit]

2012 UCF Knights roster
2012 Roster from the University of Central Florida Knights

Quarterbacks

  • 3 Tyler Gabbert – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 5 Blake BortlesRedshirt Sophomore
  • 7 Troy Green – Freshman
  • 11 Mitchell Bourne – Redshirt Freshman

Halfbacks

  • 13 Dontravius Floyd – Redshirt Senior
  • 40 Brendan Kelly – Redshirt Senior

Fullbacks

  • 32 Billy Giovanetti – Redshirt Senior

Running Backs

  • 8 Storm Johnson – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 17 Cedric Thompson – Redshirt Freshman
  • 23 Ariel Hoffman – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 24 Blake Tiralosi – Freshman
  • 28 Latavius Murray – Redshirt Senior
  • 34 Brynn Harvey – Redshirt Senior
  • 44 Joseph Puopolo – Redshirt Freshman
  • 45 Daron Humphrey – Freshman

Wide Receivers

  • 2 Jeffrey Godfrey (QB) – Junior
  • 4 Rob Calabrese (QB) – Redshirt Senior
  • 6 Rannell Hall – Sophomore
  • 9 J.J. Worton – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 14 Quincy McDuffieSenior
  • 19 Joshua Reese – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 20 Taylor Oldham – Freshman
  • 22 Christopher Nahat – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 25 Dareen Owi – Freshman
  • 31 Jared Greenaway – Redshirt Junior
  • 80 Drico Johnson – Freshman
  • 81 Breshad Perriman – Freshman
  • 89 Jacques Mackeroy – Redshirt Freshman
 

Tight Ends

  • 39 Kevin Garvy Redshirt Senior
  • 82 Blake Davis – Freshman
  • 84 Justin Tukes – Sophomore
  • 85 Kevin Miller – Redshirt Freshman
  • 86 D.J. Brown – Redshirt Junior
  • 88 Cal Bloom – Freshman
  • 88 Chris Martin – Redshirt Junior

Offensive Line

  • 61 Tarik Cook – Redshirt Freshman
  • 62 Rey Cunha – Redshirt Junior
  • 63 Jordan McCray – Junior
  • 64 Justin McCray – Junior
  • 65 Kelly Parfitt – Freshman
  • 67 Robert Gibbons – Freshman
  • 68 Theo Goins – Redshirt Senior
  • 71 Michael Wiszowaty – Redshirt Freshman
  • 72 Torrian Wilson – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 73 Jordan Rae – Redshirt Senior
  • 74 Michael Campbell – Freshman
  • 75 Phil Smith – Redshirt Senior
  • 76 Colby Watson – Freshman
  • 77 Kelly Davison – Redshirt Junior
  • 79 Tony Jacob – Redshirt Sophomore

Linebackers

  • 11 Jonathan Davis – Senior
  • 16 Mark Rucker – Freshman
  • 23 Willie Mitchell – Sophomore
  • 41 Terrance Plummer – Sophomore
  • 42 Stanley Sylverain – Freshman
  • 46 Ray Shipman – Redshirt Senior
  • 50 Domenic Spencer – Freshman
  • 51 D.J. Williams – Redshirt Senior
  • 52 Maurice Russell – Freshman
  • 53 Tyler Linde – Freshman
  • 56 Cody Ralston – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 57 Troy Gray – Sophomore
 

Defensive Line

  • 44 Miles Pace – Redshirt Freshman
  • 47 Deion Green – Redshirt Freshman
  • 48 David Nelson – Freshman
  • 49 Cam Henderson – Senior
  • 58 Troy Davis – Senior
  • 69 Thomas Niles – Redshirt Freshman
  • 90 Micah Anderson – Freshman
  • 91 Victor Gray – Redshirt Junior
  • 92 Luke Adams – Freshman
  • 93 Josh Wofford – Redshirt Junior
  • 94 Demetris Anderson – Sophomore
  • 95 E.J. Dunston – Junior
  • 96 Andrew Rice – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 97 Chester Brown – Freshman
  • 98 Joey Grant – Redshirt Freshman
  • 99 Jose Jose – Junior

Defensive Backs

  • 10 Jordan Ozerities – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 12 Jacoby Glenn – Freshman
  • 15 Michael Easton – Sophomore
  • 18 Kemal Ishmael – Senior
  • 21 A.J. Bouye – Senior
  • 22 Jared Henry – Freshman
  • 24 Jeremy Davis – Freshman
  • 25 Brendin Straubel – Redshirt Freshman
  • 26 Clayton Geathers – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 27 Sean Beckton – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 28 Connor Price – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 29 Lyle Dankenbring – Redshirt Senior
  • 30 Nicco Whigham – Freshman
  • 33 Jamar McClain – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 35 Sean Maag – Sophomore
  • 36 Woodley Cadet – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 37 Brandon Alexander – Sophomore
  • 38 Bruce Dukes – Sophomore
 

Punters/Kickers

  • 18 Rodrigo Quirarte – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 35 Sean Galvin – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 43 Jamie Boyle – Senior
  • 48 Caleb Houston – Freshman
  • 83 Shawn Moffitt – Sophomore

Snappers

  • 54 Greg Marsil – Freshman
  • 56 Scott Teal – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 59 Matt Morrison – Redshirt Junior

Terms:

  • Freshman – A player in his first year.
  • Sophomore – A player in his second year.
  • Junior – A player in his third year.
  • Senior – A player in his fourth year.
  • Redshirt Redshirt – A player who sat out a previous season.

Recruiting class[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Bright House Networks Stadium, the Knights home field
Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:00 PM at Akron* InfoCision Stadium – Summa FieldAkron, OH ESPN3 W 56–14   12,616
September 8 12:00 PM at Ohio State* Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ESPN2 L 16–31   104,745
September 15 4:00 PM FIU* Bright House Networks StadiumOrlando, FL CSS W 33–20   40,478
September 29 12:00 PM Missouri* Bright House Networks Stadium • Orlando, FL FSN L 16–21   35,835
October 4 8:00 PM East Carolina Bright House Networks Stadium • Orlando, FL CBSSN W 40–20   32,181
October 13 8:00 PM Southern Miss Bright House Networks Stadium • Orlando, FL CBSSN W 38–31 2OT  34,514
October 20 8:00 PM at Memphis Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN CSS W 35–17   22,106
October 27 8:00 PM at Marshall Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV CBSSN W 54–17   22,563
November 3 7:00 PM SMUdagger Bright House Networks Stadium • Orlando, FL CBSSN W 42–17   36,036
November 10 7:00 PM at UTEP Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX FCS W 31–24   25,483
November 17 12:00 PM at Tulsa Chapman StadiumTulsa, OK FSN L 21–23   19,725
November 24 12:00 PM UAB Bright House Networks Stadium • Orlando, FL FSN W 49–24   28,602
December 1 12:00 PM at Tulsa Chapman Stadium • Tulsa, OK (C-USA Championship) ESPN2 L 27–33 OT  17,635
December 21 7:30 PM vs. Ball State* Tropicana FieldSt. Petersburg, FL (Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl) ESPN W 38–17   21,759
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Akron[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 7 28 14 7 56
Zips 0 0 7 7 14
  • Location: Akron, OH
  • Game start: 7:00 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:05
  • Game attendance: 12,616
  • Game weather: 83 °F, Sunny
  • Referee: Steve Barth


Ohio State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 3 7 6 0 16
Buckeyes 7 10 14 0 31
  • Location: Columbus, OH
  • Game start: 12:02 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:11
  • Game attendance: 104,745
  • Game weather: 61 °F, Cloudy
  • Referee: Randy Smith


FIU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 0 14 6 20
Knights 9 14 7 3 33
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Game start: 4:07 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 40,478
  • Game weather: 84 °F, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Wayne Winkler


Missouri[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 7 7 7 21
Knights 3 7 0 6 16
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Game start: 12:05 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:26
  • Game attendance: 35,835
  • Game weather: 86 °F, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: David Smith


East Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
East Carolina 14 3 3 0 20
Knights 7 13 10 10 40
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Game start: 8:06 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:09
  • Game attendance: 32,181
  • Game weather: 76 °F, Light Rain
  • Referee: Randy Smith


Southern Miss[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT Total
Golden Eagles 0 7 7 10 7 0 31
Knights 7 10 0 7 7 7 38
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Game start: 8:06 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:49
  • Game attendance: 34,514
  • Game weather: 75 °F, Mostly Clear
  • Referee: Ed Ardito


Memphis[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 14 0 7 14 35
Tigers 10 0 0 7 17
  • Location: Memphis, TN
  • Game start: 7:07 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:01
  • Game attendance: 22,106
  • Game weather: 62 °F, Clear
  • Referee: Ken Antee


Marshall[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 7 20 20 7 54
Thundering Herd 3 7 0 7 17
  • Location: Huntington, WV
  • Game start: 8:05 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:23
  • Game attendance: 22,563
  • Game weather: 48 °F, Cloudy
  • Referee: Brad Rogers


SMU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mustangs 3 7 0 7 17
Knights 7 14 14 7 42
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Game start: 7:04 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 36,036
  • Game weather: 79 °F, Clear
  • Referee: Ed Ardito


UTEP[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 7 10 0 14 31
Miners 7 3 0 14 24
  • Location: El Paso, TX
  • Game start: 7:05 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:21
  • Game attendance: 25,483
  • Game weather: 68 °F, Partly Sunny
  • Referee: Wayne Winkler


Tulsa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 0 14 0 7 21
Golden Hurricane 10 0 13 0 23
  • Location: Tulsa, OK
  • Game start: 12:06 AM
  • Elapsed time: 3:21
  • Game attendance: 19,725
  • Game weather: 54 °F, Sunny
  • Referee: Ken Antee


UAB[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blazers 0 10 7 7 24
Knights 14 21 7 7 49
  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Game start: 12:05 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:20
  • Game attendance: 28,602
  • Game weather: 68 °F, Sunny
  • Referee: Chris Snead


Conference USA Championship Game[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Knights 0 14 13 0 0 27
Golden Hurricane 7 14 0 6 6 33
  • Location: Tulsa, OK
  • Game start: 12:01 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:39
  • Game attendance: 17,635
  • Game weather: 73 °F, Overcast
  • Referee: Ed Ardito
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Brian Griese (color)


Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 13 15 7 3 38
Cardinals 0 7 3 7 17


References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA adds 1-year postseason bans to UCF penalties". WESH-TV Orlando. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  2. ^ "UCF asks NCAA for expedited appeal". ESPN. 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Football Earns Second-Highest Finish in National Polls in Program History". University of Central Florida Athletics Association. 2013-01-08. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  4. ^ UCF ISP Radio Network