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Top 100 Greatest UCF Male Athletes: #40-31

Rankings continue into the Top 40

Gabe Davis UCF Photo: Derek Warden

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 with #40-31:

T-#40 — Matt Fox (Baseball)

A graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fox was named All-American and ASUN Pitcher of the Year in 2004 when he went 14-2 with a 1.85 ERA and helped lead UCF to the ASUN Championship and a trip to Tallahassee Regional Final. His 14 wins are tied for 2nd-most by any UCF pitcher in program history behind only Justin Pope’s 15 in 2001.

Fox’s 2004 season also ranks tied for 2nd in program history in shutouts (3), tied for the 3rd-most games started in a season (17) and tied for 4th-most single-season strikeouts (125).

For his career, Fox ranks tied for third all-time in shutouts (3) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.82).

He was a first-round pick (35th overall) in the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft by the Minnesota Twins. He got a no-decision in his only MLB start in 2010, against the Texas Rangers.

T-#40 — Kyle Bono (Baseball)

Occasionally pairing with his brother Ryan in the UCF battery, Bono became one of the nation’s dominant relief pitchers in his freshman year in 2003, posting a UCF single-season record 0.83 ERA in 28 appearances. As a sophomore, Bono earned All-American honors with an 8-2 record and 1.93 ERA as part of a 1-2 punch along with Matt Fox that helped UCF win the ASUN regular season championship and earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Bono’s 2004 season is also the UCF single-season record in shutouts (5) and the 8th-most single-season strikeouts in program history (107).

Kyle ended his college career as UCF’s all-time career ERA leader with 1.66 and tied for the single-season shutout record at five. Both still stand today. He also ranks 5th all-time in career strikeouts per nine innings (10.38).

Bono was drafted in the 8th round of the 2004 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox.

#39 — Terrance Plummer (Football)

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl - Central Florida v Baylor
JANUARY 01: Defensive MVP linebacker Terrance Plummer #41 of the UCF Knights poses with his trophy on stage after defeating the Baylor Bears 52-42 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona
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Terrance Plummer ranks eighth all-time at UCF in tackles with 334 and was a two-time AAC First Team selection (2013 and 2014). Plummer was part of three bowl teams (2012-2014) and two AAC championship teams (‘13 and ‘14).

Plummer was the Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP in the Knights’ win over Baylor, his 14 tackles going down as a UCF bowl-game record. He has played in the NFL, the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts and the XFL with the Tampa Bay Vipers in 2020 and then the Orlando Guardians in 2023.

T-#38 — Bennie Shaw (Basketball)

Bennie Shaw played under Torchy Clark during the 1974-75 and 1975-76 seasons, helping UCF make NCAA Tournament in his final season. He was named an AP Division ll All-American in 1975.

Shaw scored 1,238 points, which ranks 14th all-time at UCF despite only playing two seasons. Both of Shaw’s seasons rank in the Top 10 in program history in single-season points, field goals, and scoring average. His 25.4 points per game on his career also ranks 2nd all-time at UCF behind only Bo Clark’s 27.8.

Shaw became the first UCF player selected in the NBA Draft, going in the ninth round with the 146th pick overall to the Milwaukee Bucks. He was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. Today, Shaw runs Florida Comets AAU Basketball, which he formed in 2005.

T-#38 — Ken Leeks (Basketball)

A 6-9 center, Ken Leeks led UCF in scoring and rebounding for four consecutive years from 1988-1992. He ranks 4th on the program’s all-time scoring list (1,763), 2nd in career rebounds (942) and 3rd in career blocks (141) and free throws (413). His single-season rebound record (in the Division I era) of 268, set in 1991, would stand until Tacko Fall broke it in 2017.

For his career, he averaged 16.5 points (10th best in program history) and 8.8 rebounds a game (4th best in program history), and shot 56% from the floor (9th best in program history).

Leeks went on to play a long overseas pro career, including stops in Turkey, Russia, Chile and Portugal. He was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.

#37 — Tim Foskett (Baseball)

Tim Foskett was one of the UCF Baseball team’s first offensive juggernauts, leading the team in hits and runs in three of his four seasons at UCF, spanning 1980-1983.

While he earned D-II All-South honors in 1980 and his 1981 season ranks seventh all-time for the most single-season stolen bases (36), Foskett’s best statistical year came in his last one, 1983. In this final season, he was named a Division ll All-American and All-Sunshine State Conference. He ranks second all-time in single-season batting average (.444), triples (10) and on-base percentage (.542). Additionally, his 1983 season ranks tied for seventh in program history in hits (92) and tenth in slugging percentage (.657).

For his career, Foskett still ranks second all-time at UCF in hits with 289 and is behind only fellow UCF Athletics Hall of Famer Tim Barker in career stolen bases with 92. He is also fifth in career batting average at .363, third in career sacrifice hits with 25, tied for the sixth-most career walks with 127 and eighth in career on-base percentage with .450.

Foskett was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.

#36 — Kemal Ishmael (Football)

Atlanta Falcons v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TAMPA, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 29: Kemal Ishmael #36 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers missed a field goal during the second half at Raymond James Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Tampa, Florida.
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Ishmael was the CUSA Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and was a two-time First Team All-CUSA choice in 2010 and 2012. He led the Knights in tackles three straight years becoming only the third UCF player to do so.

He currently has the fourth-most tackles in program history with 368 and the third-most career fumble recoveries (6).

Ishmael was drafted in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons and has played his entire career there, ending in 2019.

#35 — Rick Bratincevic (Soccer)

Rick Bratincevic playing goal for UCF in 1982 against Tampa Spartans was a 3-time All American during his time at UCF

Rick Bratincevic (1980-1983) was a three-time All-American goalkeeper who led UCF to two Sunshine State Conference titles in 1980 and 1981 and two Division II NCAA Tournament appearances in 1982 and 1983.

Bratincevic is the all-time saves king of UCF Men’s Soccer, amassing 444 of them across his career, 65 more than second-place Ryan McIntosh. He also holds the single-season saves program record with 149 in 1982, with only 1983 Rick Bratincevic’s 143 saves coming anywhere close (2008 Sean Johnson and 1986 Dan Cordia are tied for third at 108 goals).

He also ranks tied for second all-time at UCF with 21 career shutouts and ranks fourth all-time in career goals-against average with 1.07. Bratincevic and fellow goalkeeper Winston DuBose are the only three-time All-Americans in program history.

Bratincevic was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the old North American Soccer League (NASL) in 1984 with the 20th pick. Currently, he is a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley.

T-#34 — Tre’Quan Smith (Football)

UCF WR Tre'Quan Smith (Photo: Derek Warden)
UCF WR Tre’Quan Smith at 2018 Peach Bowl vs Auburn (Photo: Derek Warden)

Tre’Quan Smith was a dominant receiver for UCF in a time of great upheaval in the program. He had 168 receptions (tied for 5th all-time at UCF) for 2,748 yards (3rd all-time) and 22 touchdowns (4th all-time) during his three seasons at UCF from 2015-2017.

He started his college career by getting named the AAC Rookie of the Year in UCF’s disastrous winless campaign in 2015, becoming the first freshman in UCF history to lead his team in receptions and receiving yards. His 52 receptions and 724 receiving yards rank as the most by a freshman in program history.

He was then a critical part of the Knights’ 2017 AAC championship and perfect season that concluded with a win in the Peach Bowl against Auburn. Smith was selected All-AAC Second Team that season and his 1,171 receiving yards rank as the sixth-most a Knight has had in a single season in program history.

Smith also ranks tied for second in career 100-yard receiving games (11) and ninth in career yards per reception with 16.4.

Smith was taken with the 91st pick in the 3rd round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints and still remains with the franchise as of this ranking. His 2nd career NFL reception was a historic one, as he caught a 62-yard TD pass from Drew Brees that pushed the quarterback past the NFL’s career passing yards record on October 9, 2018.

T-34 — Gabe Davis (Football)

Gabe Davis Photo: Derek Warden

A product of Seminole High School, Gabriel Davis finished in the top 10 at UCF all-time in TD catches (23, 2nd) yards (2,447, 7th), catches (152, 10th), and games with 100 or more receiving yards (8, tied for 9th). He was named All-AAC twice (Second Team in 2018, First Team in 2019), and part of three bowl teams, including two New Year’s Six Bowl trips, and two AAC Championships (2017-2018). Davis also broke Doug Gabriel’s single-season school record for receiving yards with 1,241 in 2019.

Davis was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft and has remained with the franchise since as of this ranking. He made NFL history in 2022 by becoming the first player to get four receiving touchdowns in a playoff game and the first receiver to have 200 or more receiving yards and four touchdowns in any game since Jerry Rice in 1990.

#33 — Keith Clanton (Basketball)

Central Florida v Memphis
Keith Clanton
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Keith Clanton started all four years at UCF (2009-2013) and remains UCF’s all-time leader in rebounds (1,000) and games played (129).

He also ranks second in program history in career blocks (227), fifth in free throws (399), sixth in points (1,718) and sixth in field goals (622).

He led UCF to two postseason appearances in the 2011 CBI and the 2012 NIT and was only the second of three players in CUSA history to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. In UCF’s 2012 victory over Memphis, the most memorable win for UCF Basketball in the CUSA, Clanton dropped 23 points, including the game-winning three-point play with four seconds remaining.

#32 — Cliff Kresge (Golf)

Mastercard Japan Championship - Round Two
NARITA, JAPAN - JUNE 08: Cliff Kresge of USA hits a tee shot on the 2nd hole during the second round of the Mastercard Japan Championship at Narita Golf Club on June 08, 2019 in Narita, Chiba, Japan.
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Cliff Kresge may have only played two seasons for UCF, but he still accomplished what only a handful of others on the UCF Men’s Golf team have done: win multiple tournaments.

Both wins came in the spring of 1990: the UCF Golf Classic in Orlando and the Music City Invitational in Nashville. He finished that season with a 72.12 scoring average, which was the third-lowest in school history at the time. He was also named Second-Team All-America that season.

He led UCF to its first NCAA East Regional appearance in 1989 and its first NCAA Championship appearance in 1990, finishing 21st. Kresge was also part of the 1989-1990 team alongside Andrew Rice, Hans Strom-Olsen and others that won six tournaments, including five straight, both of which are still program records.

Kresge turned professional in 1991 and has gone in to earn over $5 million in prize money across his entire professional career. He won three times on the Korn Ferry Tour and was most active on the PGA Tour during the 2000s. He’s finished in third place twice on the Tour: the 2002 B.C. Open and the 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

He has finished in the Top 10 in eleven PGA Tour events, including finishing tied for 10th at the 2003 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields Country Club. He played on the PGA Tour Champions from 2019-2022. He has been a teaching professional at Ridgefields Golf and Athletic Club in Tennessee since 2014.

#31 — Yannik Oettl (Soccer)

Yannik Oettl is a 3-time AAC Goal Keeper of year has helped UCF to Three AAC regular season championships and 3 NCAA Tournament appearances.
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Yannik Oettl (2017-2021) is the only UCF Goalkeeper to ever win a conference Goalkeeper of the Year award in the Division 1 era. Oettl helped UCF to three AAC regular-season championships (2018-2019,2021) and subsequently three NCAA Tournament appearances (2018-2019,2021), including runs to the program’s first-ever trips to the Sweet 16 in 2019 and spring 2021.

Oettl won the AAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player award as he led UCF to the AAC Tournament title in the spring of 2021. That same season, Oettl’s 0.81 goals-against average tied for the fifth lowest in a season in program history.

Oettl was selected to the All-East Region team three times, first team in 2018 and second team in 2019 and spring 2021. He ranks third in program history in career goals-against average (1.03), fourth in career shutouts (18) and fifth in saves (220).

After spending the 2021 USL League Two season with the Ocean City Nor’easters, he signed a deal with the USL League One’s New England Revolution ll, though most of his time with the club was spent on a loan to the USL Championship’s Hartford Athletic.

Currently, Oettl is manning the net for another USL Championship squad, Indy Eleven, who he signed with in December 2022.