It is very common for offensive linemen to be the unsung hero of the offense. This Friday, UCF honors one of the best to wear the black and gold by enshrining Josh Sitton into the UCF Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2021.
Josh Sitton was an under-recruited two-star offensive lineman from Pensacola Catholic High School in Pensacola, Florida. With only two other offers, Josh joined UCF for the 2004 season. He had the dubious honor of being part of a winless program as a first year player, garnering four starts. Sitton would start every game in his final three seasons. He played a total of 50 games during his four years with the Knights.
Sitton played the majority of his career at right tackle with a few at right guard and one at left guard. He covered the front side for quarterbacks Steven Moffett and Kyle Israel. Israel had this to say about Sitton:
“Josh was one of the most talented ATHLETES I’ve ever played with. He could throw a football 55+ yards kick a field goal 40+ yards and would simply dominate opponents with raw strength or nearly perfect technique every play.”
From 2005 to 2007, Sitton blocked for running back Kevin Smith, who had the then second best single season rushing yardage mark in FBS history while breaking the record for carries in a season.
Josh was able to be a part of a number of firsts for UCF. They won their first division title in 2005 and went to their first bowl game. The Knights opened Bright House Networks Stadium before winning their first conference championship in 2007. He bridged the rebrand from the UCF Golden Knights to the UCF Knights in 2007. His work helped christen a new stadium and give Knights nation a taste of the championship culture we see today.
Sitton would end up being drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He ended up making four Pro Bowls and was Super Bowl XLV with the Packers. He also played for Chicago and Miami. In 2018, Josh retired from the NFL.
Friday, he gets inducted into UCF’s Hall of Fame.