There’s no question that the Knights’ defensive secondary appears to be their strength on that side of the ball.
Three of the four full-time starters have returned: cornerbacks Brandon Moore and Nevelle Clarke, and safety Richie Grant, who was UCF’s most acclaimed player this summer. Those three are entering their third season playing together, and the other starting safety spot should belong to Antwan Collier, who has been a UCF fan favorite since he secured the Peach Bowl-clinching interception versus Auburn.
There’s a lot of talent, experience, familiarity and swagger among this group, so I asked Moore on Tuesday if a nickname has developed inside the DB room.
There isn’t one yet, but that’s not due to a lack of effort.
“Man, that’s so crazy because that’s what I’ve been thinking of. Before camp, we’ve got to come up with something,” Moore said. “I don’t know what to call us because I think everybody just wants to be DB.
“I gotta think of something. We can’t just be regular — yeah.”
I asked Clarke if he had any ideas. He honestly contemplated the question for a good 10 seconds.
“I got one,” he then said, rubbing his hands together as if he was about to unleash something that would challenge the bounds of human creativity.
Well, OK. But there is an obvious issue present: That is already the moniker of UCF’s student section.
“Oh, it is?!” Clarke exclaimed before letting out an incredulous, “Noooo!”
However, there’s a fairly understandable reason why Clarke would be unaware of this: “I mean, I’ve never been in the student section!”
So, media day ended without a nickname for UCF’s secondary. The brainstorming continues. Let’s welcome any suggestions.
“I need some type of name, some type of name for us. I don’t know,” Moore said.