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Top 100 Greatest UCF Male Athletes: #70-61

Rankings continue with some of UCF’s two-sport athletes

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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 get to #70-61:

#70 - Jacoby Glenn (Football)

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Jacoby Glenn #12 of the UCF Knights is seen during the NCAA Bitcoin St Petersburg bowl between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the UCF Knights at Tropicana Field on December 26, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Florida
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Following an All-AAC First Team selection as a freshman in 2013, cornerback Jacoby Glenn was the American Athletic Conference’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year and an All-AAC First Teamer in 2014. He was the first freshman or sophomore in UCF history to be named a conference player of the year. While only with the Knights for two seasons, Glenn helped them win two AAC titles and the Fiesta Bowl against Baylor.

He was also selected to the Associated Press’ All-America Second Team in 2014 (UCF’s first AP All-American since 2007).

Glenn’s seven interceptions in 2014 are the 2nd-most in a single season in program history and helped propel him to nine career interceptions, which is tied for the 7th-most in program history. His 15 passes broken up in 2013 are tied for the second-most in a season in program history.

Glenn played in the NFL with the Chicago Bears (2015-2016) & Kansas City Chiefs (2017).

#69 - Doug Gabriel (Football)

Gabriel played two years at UCF, finishing his career with 97 receptions for 1,869 yards and 20 touchdowns, plus 795 yards on 37 kickoff returns.

His 20 touchdowns rank eighth all-time at UCF. He also shares the UCF record for most touchdown catches in a game with 4 and his 19.3 career yards per reception is the 2nd-best in program history.

Gabriel held the single-season record at UCF for most receiving yards in a single season for 17 years with 1,237 yards in 2002 and was one-half of the most prolific UCF wideout tandem in program history with Jimmy Fryzel (1,126). Gabriel received All-MAC Second Team honors that season.

After getting selected by the Raiders in the 5th round (#167) of the 2003 NFL Draft, he played in Oakland until he was traded to the Patriots during the 2006 season. He eventually returned to the Raiders late in the 2006 season. Gabriel also played in the United Football League (2009-2010) for the Florida Tuskers, California Redwoods, and Sacramento Mountain Lions. He concluded his football career in the Arena Football League playing for Orlando Predators in 2011.

He currently serves as the president and CEO of his non-profit organization, the DG 85 Foundation, which he founded in 2004, and has coached at several Orlando high schools.

#68 - Darrell Rudd (Football)

One of the standouts from the very early years of UCF football, Rudd still holds the school record for fumble recoveries with 11 during his career spanning 1981-1984.

He also holds the school record for most tackles in a season with 150 in 1983, ranks 3rd in program history with 56.5 career tackles for a loss and ranks 6th in program history with 347 career tackles.

Rudd’s 1984 season saw him tie Micheal O’Shaughnessy’s feat of five sacks in a game, set the single-season school record for sacks with 19.5 and finish off his career with 31.5 sacks, which was the school record until 2010.

He led the team in tackles in 1983 and 1984 and sacks from 1982-84, making him one of only two Knights in school history to lead the team in sacks in three consecutive seasons.

Rudd was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.

#67 - Beau Taylor (Baseball)

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Rockledge product Beau Taylor hit .337 with 16 home runs, 42 doubles, 105 RBI and a .990 fielding percentage during his time with the Knights from 2009-2011. He was named a Perfect Game and Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American in 2009, becoming the first UCF catcher to receive the honor. Taylor was the third UCF catcher to make the Johnny Bench Awards Finalist in 2011, joining Drew Butera (2005) and Ryan Bono (2006).

Taylor threw out 26 baserunners in 2009 which led Conference USA. For his career, Taylor threw out 58 baserunners, which is second-most ever in UCF history behind only Drew Butera’s 63.

Taylor also tied the UCF record with a 26-game hitting streak from April 13, 2010 to Feb 25, 2011. He shares that record with Mike Myers, who set it back in 2001.

Taylor helped lead the Knights back to the NCAA Tournament in his final season of 2011, hitting .325 with 11 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 47 RBI and 51 runs scored. He also made just one error all season behind the plate for a .998 fielding percentage and threw out 20 baserunners.

Taylor was selected in the fifth round (166th pick) of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics and has had brief stints in MLB with the Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Guardians.

#66 - Michael O’Shaughnessy (Football and Baseball)

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The enigmatic Micheal O’Shaughnessy was a two-sport athlete for the Knights in baseball and football in 1979 at the age of 23. While he would go on to just play football in 1980, his two seasons as a Knight set a high bar for the program in sacks.

His five sacks in a single game on Nov. 3, 1979, has still yet to be beaten, only tied by Darrell Rudd in 1984. He led the team with 10 sacks in 1979 and his 12-sack 1980 season ranks as the 5th-most in program history. Additionally, despite only playing football for two seasons, his 22 career sacks are tied for the 6th most in program history.

Post-UCF, O’Shaughnessy got into the sport of paddleboarding. On June 23, 2000, he teamed up with three other men to paddleboard in a relay across the Florida Straits from Havana, Cuba to Key West in 19 hours, 19 minutes and 52 seconds for a Guinness World Record. On July 18, 2006, he set another Guinness World Record, this time solo, for the fastest crossing of the English Channel on a paddleboard at five hours and nine minutes.

O’Shaughnessy was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

T-#65 - Calvin Lingelbach (Baseball and Basketball)

Calvin Lingelbach was part of UCF’s Final Four Basketball team in 1978. Lingelbach was inducted into UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.
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Our first dual-sport athlete on the list, Calvin Lingelbach was a point guard on the basketball team and a utility infielder on the baseball team from 1973-78.

On the court, he would help the Knights to back-to-back Sunshine State Conference titles in their first two seasons in the conference in 1975-76 and 1976-77 and subsequently make the program’s first-ever NCAA DII Tournaments. The Knights would fall in the first round in 1976 but would make it to the Regional Final in 1977. Lingelbach himself would get All-SSC Honorable Mention honors in 1976 and Second Team honors in 1977.

His 138 assists in the 1976-77 season ranks 10th in program history while his 161 career steals is the 6th most in program history.

According to the April 7, 1978 edition of the Central Florida Future, Lingelbach had an operation after his final basketball season to “correct a congenital knee problem,” and proceeded to return to the baseball team one final time in 1978 and have his best offensive season, hitting .300 with two home runs, 18 RBIs and 11 doubles, per his UCF Athletics Hall of Fame biography.

He was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

T-#65 - John Rhys Plumlee (Football and Baseball)

In April 2023, John Rhys Plumlee captivated the sporting world as he competed in both a UCF Baseball game and the Spring Football Game on the same day. It was an achievement that shined a spotlight on the starting quarterback and everyday starting center fielder’s entire spring season, where he had to balance integral roles on both teams.

The Banneret’s Eric Lopez wrote a column back then that touted Plumlee as UCF’s greatest two-sport athlete and the reasons he provides there apply here as well.

Plumlee was the football team’s leading rusher in 2022, setting new program records for rushing quarterbacks and even getting into the Top 10 in certain non-QB rushing categories:

  • Most and 2nd-most QB rushing yards in a game (176 yards vs. Tulane; 133 yards vs. USF)
  • Was 3rd player in program history that was responsible for 7 touchdowns in one game (Darin Slack on Oct. 17, 1987, and Daunte Culpepper on Sept. 12, 1998)
  • Tied for 5th-most 100-yard rushing games in a season (5; tied with 2013 Storm Johnson, 2005 Kevin Smith, 2004 Alex Haynes and 2012 Latavius Murray)
  • Tied for 10th-most single-season rushing touchdowns (11; tied with 1990 Willie English, 2010 Latavius Murray and 2010 Ronnie Weaver)
  • 2nd-most rushing TDs in a season by a QB (only one behind 1998 Daunte Culpepper)
  • Most single-season rushing yards by a QB (862). For comparison, 2017 McKenzie Milton had the old record at 613 rushing yards.

Plumlee then followed this up by starting 58 games and taking 196 at-bats for the baseball team in 2023, hitting a .286 batting average, a .384 on-base percentage, and 10 home runs. He also led the team with 18 stolen bases. All this while only missing one spring football practice.

#64 - Darin Hinshaw (Football)

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Darin Hinshaw posted a combined 28-16 record at UCF from 1991-94, including a 9-3 mark in 1993 that resulted in a berth in the Division I-AA playoffs. He was named to UCF’s 25th Anniversary Team in 2004.

Hinshaw ranks 3rd in pass completions (614), 3rd all-time in passing yards (9,000), 4th all-time in total offense (8,865 yards) and tied for 2nd in passing touchdowns (82).

He also appeared in five games for the men’s basketball team in 1993-94.

Hinshaw returned to UCF to be the offensive coordinator and QB coach in 2023.

#63 - Greg Eason (Men Golf)

Greg Eason won CUSA Golfer of the Year in 2013, was selected All-CUSA First Team in 2012 and 2013, was the CUSA Freshman of the Year in 2011, and was a two-time CUSA second-teamer in 2011 and 2012. He was also part of the Knights’ C-USA Championship team in 2011 and won the individual CUSA Championship in 2012.

Eason also led the Knights into the NCAA Championship after they finished in a tie for second in the regional tournament at Tempe, Arizona. Eason also won the regional individually, becoming the first Knight in program history to win an NCAA regional individually.

Aside from the 2012 CUSA Championship and the 2013 NCAA Tempe Regional, Eason also won the 2010 Adams Cup of Newport, the 2012 Jack Nicklaus Invitational, the 2013 Insperity Augusta Invite, the 2014 John Hayt Invitational and the 2014 3M Augusta Invitational. His seven career individual victories remain a program record.

Post-UCF, the Englishman played in 121 career professional events, winning over $230,000 in prize money between the Korn Ferry Tour, PGA Tour Latinoamerica, and PGA Tour Canada.

#62 - Ryan Schneider (Football)

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Schneider played for the Knights from 2000-2003, and his name still dots the record books. His 10,976 career passing yards remain second in program history behind Daunte Culpepper and his 82 career touchdown passes are tied with Hinshaw for the second-most in program history.

His 2002 season saw him set the program record for most passing yards in a game (497) and season (3,770), though both records would get surpassed later by McKenzie Milton and Dillon Gabriel respectively.

He does still hold the program record for most consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass with 28 straight games.

Since 2018, Schneider has been the head football coach at Cocoa High School.

#61 - Bruce Miller (Football)

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Bruce Miller was a two-time Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010 and remains the all-time school leader in sacks with 35.5. He was part of two Conference USA Championship teams (2007, 2010), on three bowl teams (2007, 2009 and 2010) and selected All-CUSA three times (Second Team in 2008 and First Team in 2009 and 2010). He also ranks second in program history in tackles for losses (57.5).

Miller was drafted by the 49ers in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft and switched over to fullback. He played from 2011-2016 and was part of the 49ers’ Super Bowl appearance in 2012. After four years away from football, he made a short-lived comeback with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020.