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UCF Football’s Preseason Camp is Officially Underway

After a delay of more than a week, the Knights held their first full-team practice Friday

Photo: Derek Warden

Training camp is officially underway for the UCF Knights. The UCF Football Twitter account provided visual proof Friday morning:

The Knights were originally scheduled to open camp on Aug. 6. But that was put on hold after players from the American Athletic Conference listed their concerns about playing sports this fall during the COVID-19 pandemic. That document, which also contained 10 demands from the student-athletes, including guaranteed medical insurance and scholarship retention, originated at UCF, according to Sports Illustrated. It is unknown which UCF athletes were involved with the document’s creation or development

The Knights have been going through meetings, workouts and some other team activities this week, but Friday was their first formal team practice since the spring.

The first five days of fall camp are an acclimatization period. Helmets are the only piece of productive equipment players may wear during the first two days of this period. Shoulder pads are introduced on the third day. On the fifth day and thereafter, players are allowed to practice in full pads.

UCF’s first game is currently scheduled for Sept. 19 at Georgia Tech. Their Sept. 12 home game versus Florida International was effectively scrapped on Thursday once FIU postponed all intercollegiate competition through Sept. 16.

Defensive end Randy Charlton:

Defensive coordinator Shane Burnham:

Special teams coordinator Nick Toth: