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2022 Banneret Awards: Men’s Breakout Athlete of the Year

See the nominees for Men’s Breakout Athlete of the Year and cast your vote for who you think should win

Ryan O’Keefe is one of four nominees
Photo: Derek Warden

It’s time for the 2022 Black & Gold Banneret Awards!

Each year we pass out a bunch of awards honoring the best athletes, coaches, teams, and moments of the previous UCF Knights athletic year. Our staff votes, and so do you, the fans.

Here’s how it works: We, the staff, put together our nominees for each award. You can listen to our nominations podcast episode here. Over the next couple of weeks, we will open fan voting for each award. Each staff member gets one vote, and the winner of the fan vote will get one vote. If there is a tie, the fan vote will be the tiebreaker. We will announce the winners in two weeks.

Our 2022 Black & Gold Banneret Awards continue with Men’s Breakout Athlete of the Year. Here are your nominees:

Noah Orlando

Utility — Baseball

Noah Goldberg
  • 2021: Played in 30 of 61 games (Started 11), .111 batting average
  • 2022: Played in 54 of 60 games (Stared 46), .322 batting average


  • 5th in the AAC in On-Base Percentage
  • 2nd in the AAC in Stolen Bases (20), only behind Gephry Pena
  • 12th in the AAC in Batting Average
  • 3rd on the team in Home Runs (8)
  • Played 2B, 3B, SS, LF, RF, and DH

Andrew Sundean

Catcher — Baseball

Noah Goldberg

2021: High School

2022: Played 43 of 60 games (Started 37), .348 Batting Average


  • All-AAC 2nd-Team
  • 4th in the AAC in Batting Average
  • 7th in the AAC in On-Base Percentage
  • Hit five doubles in AAC tournament (tournament record)
  • Leads AAC in Hit By Pitches (18), 6th-most in a single season in program history
  • HC Greg Lovelady on Sundean’s emergence:

Teddy Tetak

Men’s Golf

UCF Athletics

2020-21: Played in 4 of 6 tournaments, 74.17 scoring average

2021-22: Played in 8 of 11 tournaments, 71.88 scoring average


  • Voted unanimously to All-AAC team
  • Finished Tied for 7th individually in AAC Tournament (-6)
  • Finished 3rd as part of UCF’s 1-2-3 individual finish in the Hartford Hawks Invitational
  • Tallied one Top 5, two Top 10, and three Top 20 individual finishes

Ryan O’Keefe

WR — Football

Ryan O’Keefe Photo: Noah Goldberg

2020: 20 receptions, 391 yards, 3 TDs

2021: 84 receptions, 812 receiving yards, 7 Receiving TDs; 16 rushing attempts, 274 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD; 3/3 passes, 66 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns


  • All-AAC 2nd Team
  • Gasparilla Bowl MVP
  • Caught 5th-most receptions in a single season in program history (18th in the nation), most since Mike Sims-Walker’s 90-reception 2006 season
  • Ranked 20th in the nation in receptions per game (6.5 receptions per game)
  • 6th in the AAC in All-Purpose yards, 99th in the nation (97.46 yards)
  • 7th in AAC in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns

Vote for who you think is the 2022 UCF Men’s Breakout Athlete of the Year below:


Who is the 2022 UCF Men’s Breakout Athlete of The Year?

This poll is closed

  • 56%
    Noah Orlando
    (127 votes)
  • 22%
    Andrew Sundean
    (50 votes)
  • 0%
    Teddy Tetak
    (1 vote)
  • 20%
    Ryan O’Keefe
    (45 votes)
223 votes total Vote Now