Page 5

FOOTBALL

improved in the spring. They were pre�y compe��ve with a pre�y good defensive line. There’s some all-conference players over there and they prac�ce that way too. That’s only made us be�er on offense. The offensive line is a big ingredient in any improvement we make and I have been very pleased with the spring and summer improvement. Is it where it needs to be? No, but I think it is a lot be�er than it had been. I think that increased girth, size and strength shows with the offensive line. I think two-deep that we have a line that can help us win a game or sustain a win. I have been very pleased with them.” George O’Leary on the defense: “Defensively, we return everybody up front. We have the whole two-deep back up front except for one player and we are also fortunate to get back Darius Nall for that spot, a freshman all-conference player who is returning a�er a year out. In the secondary we graduated four seniors but we have a lot of athle�cism at those posi�ons and a lot of those players have played in games here so I’m pleased with that.” George O’Leary on All-Conference USA defensive linemen Torrell Troup and Bruce Miller: “In Torrell and Bruce you have two dominant defensive linemen and that does a lot for you in terms of establishing the run defense and establishing the passing defense. I expect them to have good seasons and con�nue the growth that we’ve seen the past two seasons playing together. They are both all-conference material. They’ve been produc�ve on the field and I expect them to get things done. We are also surrounding them with a lot of players who have played a lot of football for us. I’m very comfortable with the front seven two-deep, not just the front seven starters. I expect them to control the line of scrimmage and keep some pressure on the quarterbacks because we have so many good quarterbacks in this conference.” George O’Leary on who will get a shot at replacing All-America punt returner Joe Burne�: “There are three or four that will be looked at. The most important ability of any returner is being able to catch the ball. Right now, if everything works out the way I think it should work out, it will come down to either Rocky Ross, Josh Robinson and Brian Wa�ers. There’s athletes there but the preseason will tell us more about who will be out there based on what we see.” George O’Leary on the benefits of having seven home games at Bright House Networks Stadium: “It’s a great home field advantage. Our fan base has done an outstanding job. Our student body has done an outstanding job of suppor�ng the program. I think it’s a great Saturday a�ernoon as far as the tailga�ng and crowd noise. People just enjoy themselves. I think if you talk to the rest of the conference teams that have been to Bright House they will tell you that it is a very difficult place to play from a crowd noise stand point. We look forward to taking advantage of that. There’s no ques�on Bright House is a tough place to play. It has been in the past and hopefully will con�nue to be this year.” George O’Leary on UCF’s a�tude heading into the season: “I like that this team has a chip on its shoulder. I saw that in the spring and summer. They understand what took place last year. They know what could have been that didn’t happen. The biggest thing last year was that we were coaching two different teams because of all of the youth on offense while the defense was more experienced and successful. The coaches have handled the offseason well. The a�tude has been great from the team and I am really looking forward to ge�ng the season started. “There are three kinds of people. Angry people live in the past. Fearful people live in the future. The ones I’m looking at are excited. They live for today. That’s how I look at this football team. I’m excited about what’s happening and what’s going on here. You have to take care of today and that’s what I preach to my team all of the �me.”

DARIUS NALL

55

Outlook  

2009 OUTLOOK 206-208 MEDIA INFORMATION 149-152 ADMINISTRATION 129-148 COACHING STAFF 153-205 HISTORY CREDITS ISP/UCF Athle cs Communica on...

Outlook  

2009 OUTLOOK 206-208 MEDIA INFORMATION 149-152 ADMINISTRATION 129-148 COACHING STAFF 153-205 HISTORY CREDITS ISP/UCF Athle cs Communica on...

Advertisement