⚔️ Post Spring Position Review: Secondary ⚔️
The @ucf.football.updates Post Spring Position review continues with the secondary.
When you lose a first round NFL draft pick and 1st All AAC cornerback, it’s going to hurt your secondary.
The Knights lose Mike Hughes, who went 30th overall to the Vikings after a monster 1-season stint in Orlando, where he posted 4 interceptions and 3 KR/PR TDS.
Despite the loss, the secondary may end up being the strength of the defense in 2018. The Knights return the majority of their big time producers, including Tre Neal, Kyle Gibson, Richie Grant and Brandon Moore.
From a CB standpoint, the Knights will look to Bam Moore and Nevelle Clarke to form a dynamic duo at cornerback. Clarke was suspended the first 6 games of last season, but had a solid second half of the year once he returned. Moore had an extremely promising freshman campaign, including an INT and monster hit + forced fumble in the Navy game.
From a safety standpoint, UCF is pretty loaded. The Knights return Tre Neal and Kyle Gibson, who started every game for the the team last year.
Gibson, who was 1st team all conference last season, had a breakout year with 64 tackles and 4 interceptions. Neal posted 68 tackles and 3 interceptions, none more important than his game clincher against Memphis in overtime of the AAC title game.
Young safeties Richie Grant and Antwan Collier also played major roles last season and should be big factors in 2018. Collier and Grant combined for 50 tackles, both forced one fumble, and Collier recorded the final interception of the season in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Junior Rashard Causey should also see playing time this year.
Past them, the Knights are excited about Alabama transfer Aaron Robinson, who is eligible to play this season after sitting out last year. Randy Shannon will also look to develop young corners Zamari Maxwell, Jermaine McMillian, Bryan Brown and Derek Gainous, who could be playmakers in the near future.
The Knights secondary will be very strong this year and is full of talent.
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