Spring football is almost here and so the Knights will begin preparing for year two of the Jeffrey Godfrey era in Orlando.
Godfrey (5-11/185) had an outstanding freshman season in 2010. He threw for 2,159 yards and 13 touchdowns (just eight picks) and also added 566 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. He got better and better as the season went along, despite having a tough day in the bowl game against Georgia.
The bottom line, however, is that Godfrey helped the Knights win football games. He lacks ideal size at 5-foot-11 and doesn't have a rocket for an arm but he brings a lot to the table as the leader of this football team. He understands the game very well, can read defenses well, and can make a lot of things happen with his feet. Whether it's buying extra time in the pocket or taking off running, Godfrey's mobility and running ability help bring an extra dimension to this offense.
Big things will be expected from the talented sophomore in 2011 and it starts with spring football this Friday.
Godfrey's backup for the spring session will be redshirt freshman Blake Bortles. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, he's the QB prototype. He has a big arm, some athletic ability, and simply can make every throw. He will need to continue learning the offense, becoming more accurate, and simply learning how to compete and make Godfrey the best quarterback he can be as well as himself.
Bortles came to UCF as one of the state's top quarterback prospects a few years ago but spent his first season learning on the scout team as a redshirt. Bortles should see plenty of action this spring, as the team will need to prepare both quarterbacks for action in the fall.
Incoming freshman DaMarcus Smith, a three-star recruit, doesn't enroll until the summer and won't be around for spring football.
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