On Thursday evening, UCF student-athletes convened at the UCF Arena for the second-annual All-Sports…
UCF Knights Spring Football Awards
Defensive MVP: Torrell Troup - The massive defensive tackle was held out of high-contact drills for about a week this spring and it showed. When he was out, the offense was able to move the ball up the middle with relative ease. When Troup was in though, he was unblockable and it's evident that the defense goes as he does.
Most Improved Offensive Player: Ronnie Weaver - The running back really never impressed that many people last year and he lost his starting job by the end of the season. Spring ball didn't start off too hot for Weaver either and he looks like he might be too far back on the depth chart to every get another chance at starting, but he looked quicker than ever and made an impact during several scrimmages.
Most Improved Defensive Player: Justin Boddie - With Emery Allen injured, the opening corner spot was available and Boddie, who was up and down early in camp, finished the final week of spring with a bang. He might have a spot as the starting corner now, as he was nearly flawless at practice this past Tuesday and Wednesday.
Offensive Newcomer Award: Marquee Williams - The quarterback turned receiver was grey-shirted last year and came into spring practice with a lot to prove. From the beginning to the end of practice, Williams was consistent and explosive. He is arguably the most talented receiver on offense and will force coaches to play him more and more as he learns the intricacies of the offense and of the position.
Defensive Newcomer Award: Christ Martin - Martin was also grey-shirted and got more and more comfortable as spring progressed. He will line up behind Troup and Timmons as the third defensive tackle in a stellar rotation.
Biggest Surprise on Offense Award: Zac Norris - The lineman wasn't even listed as a two-deep player when spring began, but George O'Leary was singing his praises by the end of it. Norris may not overtake a starting job, but he is in the coaches' minds.
Biggest Surprise on Defense Award: Josh Linam - After a season of adjusting to the collegiate level, Linam looked like an absolute stud this spring. He still has to get a little more consistent and may have a difficult time unseating Chance Henderson, but Linam was explosive through the spring and looks to have a bright future.
Thrived When Given Chance: Latavius Murray - This award was made especially for the bruising running back. Our staff thought he was the best back by far during camp last summer and he scored two touchdowns in his first game against S.C. State. Despite early success, he saw less and less of the field as the year progressed, but he was finally utilized as a short-yardage back and an H-back this spring and was extremely successful in both roles.
Glimpses of Greatness Award: Travis Timmons - He could be playing on Sundays on day. However, Timmons was too inconsistent last year and that was the case early in spring too. However, something sparked Timmons in the middle of the three weeks (maybe a 4-8 prediction) and the giant woke up. If he keeps that fire lit under him all year, Timmons could form one of the better tackle duos in the nation with Troup.
Left Us Wanting More Award: A.J. Guyton - At times, Guyton was fantastic and hauled in everything his way, but at other times (like in the spring game) he dropped sure catches. Coming back from an injury, Guyton still has some growing to do, but the potential is certainly there.
Comeback Player Award: Darius Nall - Jordan Richards was right there as well, but coming back from cancer is tough to beat. Nall had a big spring game and will make an impact in the rotation at defensive end.
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