The 2022 UCF Knights Athletics Hall of Fame class has been announced, and five Knights will be enshrined: Football alumni Latavius Murray and Joe Burnett, Softball pitcher Mackenzie Audas, Rowing coach Krystina Sarff, and Spirit coach Linda Gooch.
The induction banquet will take place on Friday, September 23.
Latavius Murray finished his UCF career second in school history in total touchdowns with 44, and seventh in rushing yards with 2,424. He was named Most Valuable Player of both the 2010 C-USA Championship Game and the 2010 Liberty Bowl victory over Georgia, where he scored the winning TD in UCF’s first-ever bowl victory.
Murray has played in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, and the Baltimore Ravens. He has rushed for 4,855 yards and has scored 45 touchdowns in his NFL career.
Defensive back and kick returner Joe Burnett was named first-team All-American as a senior in 2008. He helped UCF to its first two bowl berths (2005 Hawai’i Bowl and 2007 Liberty Bowl) and the first-ever conference championship in 2007.
Burnett picked off 16 passes in his UCF career (which still stands as the school record), plus 221 career tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and 35 passes defended. He also is tied for the record for most punt return touchdowns with three, plus he ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns.
Burnett was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 32nd pick of the fifth round (168th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played three seasons in the NFL with the Steelers (2009-2010), New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars (2011). He would put together a solid career from 2011-2018 in the CFL with Edmonton Eskimos (2011-2014), Calgary Stampeders (2015-2017), and Montreal Alloutes (2018).
“The Strikeout Queen of UCF Softball,” Mackenzie Audas was a 2015 Capital One All-American and a unanimous American Athletic Conference First Teamer, 2012 Conference USA Co-Pitcher of the Year, and 2012 Conference USA Freshman of the Year. She was the first Knight to ever win Pitcher of the Year, helping to turn around a UCF program that was coming off a 22-32 season in 2011 to 39-19 in 2012 and making the NCAA Tournament.
Audas was part of three NCAA Tournament teams (2012, 2014, and 2015), two regional final appearances (2014 and 2015), two AAC regular season championships (2014-2015), and an AAC Tournament championship (2015).
Audas still holds many UCF career pitching records, including career strikeouts (945), and No-Hitters (5).
Audas’ 78 wins rank third all-time only behind her “Shake & Bake” teammate Shelby Turnier and Alea White. She was tied for 5th with Turnier in the top 80 greatest UCF female athletes rankings in 2020. She is the fourth Softball player to be inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame, joining Stephanie Best, Allison Kime, and Natalie Land.
Krystina Sarff was the first UCF rower to become a three-time All-American CRCA All-American (2006-2008) in program history. She led UCF to the its first NCAA Tournament in program history in 2007 and their highest ranking in polls (#9) during her time at UCF (2004-2008). Sarff is the first rower to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Three is the magic number for Linda Gooch, whose spirit squad began competing in the national championships in 1994. In the time since, the UCF Cheer Team has captured three national titles at the UCA College Cheerleading National Championships (2003, 2007, and 2020).
2003 2007 2020 #ChargeOn ⚔️ #BuiltByUCF pic.twitter.com/tTIeexEC2M— Varsity Knights (@Varsity_Knights) July 6, 2020
The Knights have finished in the top three finish at the national championships in each of the past six seasons and have finished among the top 10 in 17 of the last 19 years.
In 2003, the Knights won their first national title, ending Kentucky’s streak of eight consecutive titles. That team was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.
In 2007, UCF claimed its second national championship, outlasting Kentucky once again. The team was also featured in a six-part television documentary that followed them as they prepared to defend their national title.
In 2020, the Knights won their third national title. Gooch was ranked 3rd in our UCF Top 40 Head Coaches of All Time in 2020.