With a strong offseason in the weight room, an infusion of newcomers and more experience in general,…
Summer Cheat Sheet: Camp Stars
1.) Torrell Troup, DT- It all starts with the big man in the middle, as Troup has been named to the preseason All C-USA First Team and for good reason. The 6'3", 315 lb. tackle was snubbed from the same honor last year and wasn't too pleased by being overlooked. Troup might be the most talented defensive player UCF has had in recent memory, as he dominates game after game, whether it is by collapsing the pocket, drawing double or sometimes triple teams, or by getting into the backfield and sniffing out a play before it begins. When Troup missed a few practices in the spring with an ankle injury, it was evident how much his presence helps the team.
2.) Bruce Miller, DE- He may not look the part, but Miller is one of the best players in the C-USA. A preseason second-team all-conference selection, Miller has been nothing but productive since bursting onto the scene as a redshirt freshman two years ago. Now as a junior, Miller will look to continue his reign of terror amongst opposing quarterbacks. The 6'2", 258 lb. end has the ability to play on the edge or to move inside as a tackle, making him a valuable player for the Knights. While he's not as dominant as Troup (few are), Miller has become the team's top playmaker, as he's always finding a way to impact the game at a crucial time.
3.) Derrick Hallman, FS- As a sophomore, Hallman turned into a productive outside backer for the Knights. Although undersized, he used his quickness and instincts to cover ground and routinely make life difficult for opposing offenses. With both starting safeties gone from last year, Hallman was asked to move back a level as a roving safety. Hallman thrived there during the spring and is well on his way to becoming a star for the Knights. If Hallman can become just a little more comfortable in coverage this summer, the Knights will have one of, if not the best, run-stopping safeties in the conference at their disposal. His attitude and willingness to play wherever the team needed him has made him a star in the eyes' of the coaching staff.
4.) Lawrence Young, OLB- While Young may not have the experience of five-year veterans Cory Hogue or Jordan Richards, he certainly makes just as big of an impact. Young hasn't developed into a dominant player yet, but he is right on track and could take a step towards that direction in his junior year. Young's biggest asset is his athleticism, which enables him to fly around the field. Although he's not an elite conference player yet, Young has a knack for making big plays and that makes him a hot commodity for the Knights.
5.) Brynn Harvey, RB- There weren't many bright spots on offense last season, as the Knights finished dead-last in the nation for total yards. Harvey's gradual progression though gave us all hope that the offense will get back on track in 2009. As a true freshman, Harvey continued to improve and became a near dominant back by the end of the year. If the big back (6'1", 202 lbs.) continues to improve, he might be an NFL caliber player. Harvey should be the focal point of the offense this year and will benefit from an improved offensive line.
6.) Rocky Ross, WR- No, Ross isn't the best player the Knights will field this year, but he is arguably the toughest player they have. Ross has a great attitude and while he may not be the most intense player, he leads by example. He has a reputation for doing whatever the coaches ask of him and will be a mentor to all the young receivers. Ross' leadership and undisputed toughness make him one of the most valuable members on UCF's up and coming offense.
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