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Top 100 Greatest UCF Male Athletes: #90-81

Our countdown continues

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A lot has changed since the world emerged from the COVID-19 lockdowns, which was the last time we ranked the Top 100 Male Athletes in UCF history.

In just three years, many legends cemented their status in his final few seasons, while others were born, and for a few athletes, their stories have been rediscovered.

With UCF getting ready for its first year as a member of the Big 12 (and Men’s Soccer for its first season in the Sun Belt), it’s once again time to count down the Top 100 Male UCF Knights athletes of all time.

Criteria used to create this list include:

  • A player’s impact on their respective sport and on the school
  • What accomplishments have they had after their UCF career
  • What accolades have they received

We made sure to include at least one athlete from every current UCF sport.

Now, let’s continue the countdown:

T-#90 - Lou Cioffi (Soccer)

Lou Cioffi may have only played goalkeeper for the UCF Men’s Soccer team for two seasons (1979-1979), but he was one of the program’s early stars.

He was the 5th different player in program history to be named to the NSCAA All-South Region team with his selection in 1979. That was also the season in which the Knights won its first conference tournament in program history, the Sunshine State Conference tournament.

Cioffi’s 111 career saves rank 13th in program history. His six shutouts are tied for the 14th-most in program history. His 1.54 Goals-Against Average sits in 11th in program history.

He would go on to play professionally for teams like the NASL’s Atlanta Chiefs, the MISL’s New Jersey Rockets, Cleveland Force and Chicago Sting, and the ASL’s Orlando Lions.

He was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

T-#90 - Ryan McIntosh (Soccer)

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In the UCF Men’s Soccer team’s final years in the ASUN, Ryan McIntosh defended the net like the program had not seen since the Jim Rudy era.

His 379 career saves from 2002-2005 are the second-most in program history and his 21 shutouts are tied for second in program history with Rick Bratincevic, who will be seen later on this list. He is also ninth in program history in career goals against average (1.28).

McIntosh was named ASUN Defensive Player of the Year twice (2003 and 2004), the All-ASUN First Team twice (2003 and 2004), All-ASUN 2nd Team in 2002 and the All-ASUN Freshman Team in 2002.

He also led the team to its first three NCAA Tournament appearances in program history in 2002, 2003, and 2004. His 15 career saves in NCAA Tournament games remain a program record.

After his UCF career, McIntosh spent two seasons with the Premier Development League’s Central Florida Kraze and would end up returning to the UCF Soccer Complex with the team to help them win a PDL championship in 2004. He spent a year with DC United in 2006 before playing two seasons with the USL First Division’s Atlanta Silverbacks from 2007-2008.

#89 - Elgin Davis (Football)

Even 36.5 years after his final game as a Knight in 1986, Elgin Davis has still held on to the Top 10 in UCF history in rushing yards. His 2,170 career rushing yards rank 10th in program history.

Despite injuries that marred his college career, Davis also accumulated 23 total touchdowns (19 of which were rushing TDs) during his four years as a Knight. One such touchdown was his 79-yard touchdown run in his final game against Samford in 1986. It would hold as the longest run from scrimmage in program history for two decades before Kevin Smith broke it in September 2007.

Davis would get selected by the New England Patriots in the 12th round of the 1987 NFL Draft, becoming the second UCF player ever drafted. He spent two seasons in Foxborough before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers and later playing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.

Davis was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

T-#88 - Matt Williams (Basketball)

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Matt Williams (12) waits for the ball during the second half of an NCAA basketball game against the Connecticut Huskies at CFE Federal Credit Union Arena
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Williams scored 1,105 career points in four seasons at UCF (‘12-’17). He set program records for three-pointers in a career (274), a season (126), and a game (11). He averaged 15.1 points per game as a senior, leading UCF to the NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden.

His 38-point, 11-three outburst against USF was the third-highest single-game total ever by a Knight in the Division I era. He also played 1,315 minutes as a senior, which was a single-season record.

T-#88 - Aubrey Dawkins (Basketball)

Dawkins was Second Team All-AAC in his only season at UCF (2018-2019) and helped lead the Knights to the NCAA Tournament in 2019. His 1,103 minutes played in 2019 ranks as the 5th-most minutes played in a single season in program history. Dawkins put on a clinic in one of greatest performances by any Knight as he scored 32 points in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament against Duke.

#87 - Greg McCrae (Football)

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While he may not have as many postseason honors as a couple of his running backs teammates had, Greg McCrae let his rushing speak for itself during his career spanning 2017-2020.

  • 4th in program history in career rushing yards (2,620 yards)
  • Highest career average yards per carry in program history (6.45 yards per carry)
  • Tied for 5th-most rushing touchdowns in program history (29)
  • 5th in program history in total touchdowns scored (30)
  • Tied for 5th-most 100-yard rushing games in program history (8)

In particular, his 2018 season was one for the history books:

  • 4th-most rushing yards in a single season in program history (1,182 yards)
  • Ranked 2nd in the nation with 8.89 yards per carry (Highest single-season average yards per carry in program history). For comparison, 2017 Adrian Killins is 2nd on the list with 6.48 yards per carry.
  • Rushed for 206 yards in the 2018 AAC Championship Game, making one of only seven players in program history to rush for over 200 yards in a single game (10th-highest single-game rushing yards in program history)
  • Named an Honorable Mention All-American by Pro Football Focus

#86 - Joe Rogers (Baseball)

Rogers leads the UCF Baseball team in career saves (30), and saves in a single season (13).

That 13-save season came in 2012 when Rogers was named to the All-CUSA First Team and an Honorable Mention All-American after going 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA (the 5th-lowest single-season ERA in program history). Those 13 saves broke a 14-year record that was set by UCF Athletics Hall of Famer Jason Arnold, who had 12 in 1998.

His 79 appearances rank 5th in program history. He helped UCF make two NCAA Tournaments in 2011 and 2012, including a regional final in 2012 at Coral Gables.

Rogers was also named to the All-CUSA Freshman team and a Freshman All-American in 2010.

He was selected in the 5h round (#184 overall) of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers.

T-#85 - Matthew Wright (Football)

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The wider country might know Matthew Wright as the kicker that was working a full-time job with Lockheed Martin before the NFL came calling. However, before that, his leg helped the Knights to both of their AAC Championships in 2017 and 2018.

He’s UCF’s all-time leader in scoring with 375 points, successful field goals (55), and field goal percentage (.775). Only Kevin Smith’s 180-point 2007 season outperforms Wright’s 119-point 2017 season.

He was also named to the All-AAC Second Team twice in 2017 and 2018.

Wright is also one of only five football players in UCF history to receive the Order of Pegasus, the university’s most prestigious award for students.

While he has mainly been a replacement kicker in the NFL, having multiple brief stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs, he became the starting kicker for the Jacksonville Jaguars midway through the 2021 season.

T-#85 - Matt Prater (Football)

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While the majority of Matt Prater’s UCF career came during the MAC days, limiting the impact of his UCF career, he’s made up for it by finding staying power in the NFL.

With the Knights, he ranks tied for third in program history with 50 converted field goals, sixth in program history in career field goal percentage (.676), and eighth in program history in scoring with 258 points.

One aspect of Prater’s UCF career people may forget was that he was also a punter. He was named to the All-MAC Second Team as a punter in 2003 and holds the program record in career average yards per punt (47.6 yards per punt) and season yards per punt (47.9 yards per punt).

After going undrafted in 2006 and brief stints with the Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, and Miami Dolphins, he became the starting kicker for the Denver Broncos in 2008. Prater has remained a starting kicker in the NFL ever since, staying with the Broncos until 2014, returning to the Lions through the 2020 season, and ending up with the Arizona Cardinals, where he signed a two-year extension earlier this year.

Prater also found his way into the NFL’s record books on Dec. 8, 2013, by kicking a 64-yard field goal, which became the longest made field goal in NFL history. The record had been at 63 yards since 1970 and had been tied three times up to that point.

Prater held the record for just under eight years before Justin Tucker would surpass him with a 66-yarder in 2021.

#84 - Eric Skoglund (Baseball)

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Eric Skoglund #53 of the Kansas City Royals delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game at Target Field on September 20, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Skoglund was named American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2014 and was also a unanimous selection to the All-AAC First Team as a starting pitcher. Skoglund led the Knights with 94 strikeouts that year, finishing with a 9-3 record.

As a freshman in 2012, Skoglund was part of UCF’s NCAA Tournament team that ended up making it to the Coral Gables Regional final.

Skoglund was selected in the third round (92nd overall) of the MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals. In his MLB debut on May 31st, 2017, Skoglund outdueled Justin Verlander to help the Royals over the Detroit Tigers.

T-#83 - Quincy McDuffie (Football)

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Edgewater grad Quincy McDuffie finished his career at UCF as the program’s all-time leader in kickoff returns (90), kickoff returns yards (2,501) and kickoff return touchdowns (six). He ranks 7th in program history with 4,014 all-purpose yards. He was honored by Sports Illustrated in 2012 as a First Team All-American kick returner.

McDuffie won the CUSA Special Teams Player of the Year award while also getting a spot on the All-CUSA First Team in his senior season at UCF. He was a First Team All-CUSA in 2010 and 2012.

McDuffie played in the Canadian Football League from 2014-2017 with the Hamilton Tigercats (2014-2015), Winnipeg Bluebombers (2016) and Ottawa Redblacks (2017).

T-#83 - Mike Hughes (Football)

Mike Hughes (19) returns a 95 yard kickoff to assure the UCF Knights win during the football game between the UCF Knights and USF Bulls on November 24, 2017
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Hughes made a huge impact in his one season at UCF in 2017 earning 2nd team All-American as well as earning 1st team AAC All-Conference as a cornerback and 2nd team as a returner. Hughes returned one punt return for a TD and two kick-offs for a touchdown, including one of the most memorable plays in UCF history with the game-winning kick return for a touchdown in the Knights’ 2017 Black Friday win over South Florida.

Hughes was drafted in the 1st round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the 30th overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings. He spent three seasons with the Vikings before signing on with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021, the Detroit Lions in 2022, and the Atlanta Falcons in 2023.

#82 - Mark Nonsant (Football)

Mark Nonsant played at UCF from 1995-1998 and was one of Daunte Culpepper’s favorites to throw the ball to.
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Nonsant played from 1995-1998 and was one of UCF Hall of Famer Daunte Culpepper’s favorite targets. He still ranks second all-time at UCF in receiving yards (2,809) and receptions (198).

#81 - A.J. Bouye (Football)

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A.J. Bouye with the Jaguars in 2019
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Bouye was a Second Team CUSA pick in 2012 and was part of the CUSA Championship team in 2010. He played in three bowl games (‘09, ‘11, ‘12). After his UCF career, Bouye spent nine seasons in the NFL playing for the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, and Carolina Panthers. He is also one of eight former UCF players that have participated in the Pro Bowl, thanks to his 2017 selection to the game.