With the season officially over and one month until National Signing Day, it's time for UCF fans,…
A Pleasant Surprise
A.J. Bouye, standing at 6'1" 180 lbs, would be the freshman who stole the show this summer. His rare combination of speed and size made it hard for receivers to create any separation. He outshined highly touted Robinson and proved that he can hang with upperclassman wide outs. Bouye, a member of the 2009 Tucker H.S. (Ga.) state championship team, was one of the most unknown players in the Knights' class of 2009, but his skill level and physicality made him stand out quickly. He did have six interceptions as a senior last year, which is impressive on any level, much less in a tough 5A schedule (the largest division of football in the State of Georgia) in Georgia.
Not only did Bouye surprise spectators this past month, but he also made quite the impression on the entire coaching staff.
"A.J. has been a real surprise out there, a great technique guy," head coach George O'Leary commented. "[He is also] a 6'1" guy too, you like height out there."
Bouye has teamed with fellow corner Kemal Ishmael to become two of the biggest surprises of camp, and both should vie for playing time in the secondary as true freshmen, as will Robinson and safety Jarrett Swaby.
"I see him (Bouye) and Ishmael as the two that can help us out there as a physical standpoint, also mental," added O'Leary.
This corner will be easy to spot too, as he will be rocking number 19, the jersey of former Knight ‘Smokin' Joe Burnett. Now the Knights are hoping that he can have a similar impact as well.
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