The 2018-2019 UCF athletic year is here. Here are some athletes you need to watch this fall.
Grant is the leader of the strongest part of UCF’s defense which is the defensive backs. Grant led the team last season in total tackles with 109, and also in total interceptions with six, as he was named All-AAC First Team.
McCrae rushed for 1,182 yards on the ground on 133 touches with nine touchdowns and was the breakout player of the team in 2018. he became the first Knights running back since Storm Johnson in 2013 to rush for 1,000 yards.
Jennings was among the nation’s leaders in scoring with 20 goals in his junior season, as he ended up being a Hermann Trophy semifinalist and American Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Jennings led the Knights to American Athletic Conference regular season championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2018.
Jennings will now look to lead a UCF team with high expectations in 2019, ranked 15th in the national preseason poll.
Perez scored three goals and had five assists during the 2018 season that saw him win the The American’s Midfielder of the Year award. Perez was also named to the Hermann Trophy watch list for the upcoming 2019 season. A native of Villennes Sur Seine, France, Perez scored the game-winner in the final regular season game to clinch share of the conference regular season title and home pitch for the conference tournament.
Scott started all 18 games of her freshman season in 2018 and scored six goals to tie for second on the team. Scott will be depended upon to pick up some of scoring load left by Stephanie Sanders, who had 13 goals last season. Sanders left after the season to play professional soccer in Germany. Scott was named to the All-AAC Preseason team last week. She scored two goals and added one assist in her first postseason game last season, helping UCF defeat Temple 3-0 in the American Conference Championship opening round.
Plummer, who was also named to the All-AAC Preseason team last week, appeared in 10 games for UCF last season. She was in and out of the Knights’ lineup during the 2018 season as she also helped the Jamaican Women’s National Team become the first Caribbean country to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Plummer participated in the World Cup this summer for Jamaica and returns as one of three captains on UCF’s team.
Melville’s freshman year was one of the best any Knight has ever had. She was a 2018 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention as well as All-Southeast Region First Teamer, 2018 American Athletic Conference First Teamer, and 2018 American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. Melville started and played in all 31 matches, leading the team in kills, kills per set , total attacks and aces. She finished in the top 10 in UCF’s single-season history in kills (10th) and attacks (8th).
Fisher was All-AAC First Team in 2018, finishing second on the team with 353 kills for a 3.02 per set average. Fisher and Melville will look to duplicate in 2019 on what they accomplish in 2018, as both were a big part of the Knights winning The American and going to the NCAA Tournament.
Jung was UCF’s top finisher in five of the team’s six races last year.
Williams returns in 2019 after missing all of 2018 with an injury. Williams was the top runner in 2017 and returns to what should be a deep UCF team in 2019-2020.
Crook made her debut at the UCF Knights Invitational last year, finishing sixth overall with an 18:54.6.