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Could Tremon Morris-Brash Return to Lineup vs. Louisville?

The junior defensive lineman could make his 2021 debut this week.

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The UCF defense could be getting one of its dominant pieces back.

Junior defensive lineman Tremon Morris-Brash has returned to the team after being away for nearly two weeks following a DUI arrest August 28.

“He’s back with the team,” coach Malzahn said. “We’ll see what that means. He has some things to take care of, but he is back with the team and we’ll see where that goes.”

Morris-Brash would certainly be a welcomed addition back in the lineup. As a sophomore in 2020, Morris-Brash recorded 3.5 sacks, good for second on the team. Considering the pass rush failing to record a sack in either of its first two games, this is certainly a plus the team could use right now.

UCF faces Malik Cunningham, Louisville’s mobile quarterback, this week. Cunningham has already ran the ball into the end zone four times in the first two games of the season, so applying pressure to Cunningham is paramount and one of the keys to a victory Friday night.

Given that the Knights are on a short week, it’s hard to tell whether Morris-Brash would play Friday night against Louisville. While Malzahn appeared optimistic about his return to the team, he gave no clarity on his playing status for this week. With a bye week coming up, it’s possible that the team doesn’t want to rush him back and would prefer to wait with three weeks of practice before the team plays again October 2 against Navy.

Regardless of whether Morris-Brash returns this week or later in the season, his return will be a much-needed boost for the Knights’ front seven.