We continue our list of Top 100 UCF Knights male athletes of all-time as we are half way through the countdown.
Check out our previous articles in this list here:
- Top 100 UCF Knights Male Athletes of All-Time: #100-91
- Top 100 UCF Knights Male Athletes of All-Time: #90-81
- Top 100 UCF Knights Male Athletes of All-Time: #80-71
- Top 100 UCF Knights Male Athletes of All-Time #70-61
- Top 100 UCF Knights Male Athletes of All-Time # 60-51
#50 - D.J Hicks (Baseball)
D.J. Hicks was a two-time All-American (2011 and 2012), first Knight to make All-American twice in a career. Hicks also made third team NCBWA Third Team All-American in 2011 and 2nd team in 2012. Hicks was a two-time NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team honoree and finished second all-time at UCF in sacrifice flies, fifth in home runs (36), sixth in RBI (173), and seventh in walks, and was part of UCF two NCAA Tournament appearances. He was a 17th-round draft pick in 2012 by the Minnesota Twins.
#49 - Rony Francois (Soccer)
Francois was a standout for the UCF men’s soccer team from 1980-83, as Francois was a three-time All-South performer and earned All-America honors in 1982. He led the team to two Sunshine State Conference regular season and tournament titles and its first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 1982 and 1983.
Francois ranks third in career scoring points (101), fourth in career goals (39), and fifth in career assists (23). He was named Sunshine State Conference Offensive MVP in 1980 and 1981. Francois was inducted into UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.
#48 - Bill Giovanetti (Football)
Bill Giovanetti joined fellow inductee Sean Beckton as the first football players to be inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.
Giovanetti (1979-82) started all 37 of the games he played. He led the Knights in tackles three of his four years,
Giovanetti is 2nd all-time at UCF with tackles (429) and is tied for the school record for tackles in a game (23) which he set on Nov 17,1979. Giovanetti earned All-America honors for his efforts in the 1981 season and went on to sign with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL after his UCF career.
#47 - Shane Brown (Baseball)
Shane Brown finished his career with a .363 batting average, the sixth-highest in UCF history. He was an All-American in 2010 after hitting .428, which ranked as the fourth-best in a single-season at UCF and ranked 18th in NCAA that season.
Brown was first team C-USA in 2010, and second team in 2009. He had 22-game hitting streak in 2009 which is the third-best streak in UCF history. He ranks in the top ten in numerous categories at UCF including 10th in runs scored (152), 8th in hits (251), 2nd in doubles (63), 10th in homers (25), RBIs (148), 6th in total bases (391), 9th in slugging pct (.565), 3rd in on base percentage (.464),
#46 - Breshad Perriman (Football)
Breshad Perriman played from 2012-2014, racking up 115 receptions for 2,243 yards and 16 touchdowns. He broke out in 2014, becoming the first Knight wide out since Mike Sims-Walker in 2006 to reach 1,000 yards receiving in a season.
In the regular season finale at East Carolina, Perriman made one of most memorable plays in UCF Football history with a 51-yard TD catch on a Hail Mary to give UCF win over East Carolina and a share of the American Championship.
#45 - Mike Sims-Walker (Football)
Edgewater graduate Mike Sims-Walker played in a total of 46 career games, with 184 receptions for 2,561 yards (13.9 yard-per-catch average). Walker set school record with 90 receptions in his senior season of 2006 as he was named first team C-USA. Sims-Walker was 2nd team All-C-USA in 2005.
#44 - Clayton Geathers (Football)
Clayton Geathers was a two-time All-AAC performer during his time at UCF (2010-2014), finishing 3rd all-time at UCF in tackles with 383 and tied for most games played at UCF at the time with 53.
#43 - Chris Duffy (Baseball)
Chris Duffy was one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award in 2010 when put together possibly the finest season in UCF history. He broke the UCF and C-USA single-season records with a .447 batting average and an .850 slugging percentage. Duffy was also a semifinalist for the NCBWA Dick Howser Trophy which is handed out to the best collegiate baseball player.
Duffy ranks first all-time in homers (43), tenth all-time in base hits (235), and fifth in runs batted in (182), total bases (416), and slugging (.585). He was drafted in 26th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.
#42 - Warren Creavalle (Soccer)
Creavalle was a two-time All-C-USA first team member (2010, 2011) and third team All-American in 2010 - the first UCF Men’s Soccer player to earn that honor since 1997. He was also part of UCF’s NCAA Tournament teams in both of his seasons in 2010 and 2011.
Currently, Creavalle is playing in MLS with the Philadelphia Union, where he has been since 2015. Creavalle started his MLS career with the Houston Dynamo (2012-2014) and also spent two seasons (2014-2015) with the Toronto FC.
#41 - Terrance Plummer (Football)
Terrance Plummer ranks 8th 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) as well as two AAC championship teams (‘13 and ‘14).
Plummer was the Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP in the Knights’ win over Baylor. He has played in the NFL and in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts.
Jerry O’Neill and I talked to Plummer about playing for the Argonauts, winning the Grey Cup and his time at UCF back in July of 2018 on “The Finish Line”: