Knights look for first win of season, take on Furman at home


Bryce Brimhall / Valencia Voice

Jordan Akins will play a key role in getting whichever quarterback replaces Holman comfortable with the system.

With Justin Holman out for 2-4 weeks with a hand injury the UCF Knights couldn’t have had a better opponent coming into Bright House Networks Stadium on Saturday than FCS opponent Furman.

UCF is off to an 0-2 start for the second year in a row but in Week 3 the Knights face a Furman team that is coming off a 42-3 loss to Virginia Tech in Week 2. But UCF know not to overlook the Paladins after they nearly beat the FCS’ No. 1 ranked team in Coastal Carolina to open the season.

“I think they’re a solid team,” said UCF head coach George O’Leary. “They got a bunch of starters back, I think the first game they were right in the game, probably should have one the game.

“They do a lot of things on offense, the quarterback I think is really, really a good player, he goes a lot of things with his feet, with his arm and they have a bunch of experience back on offense and defense.”

Freshman Bo Schneider looks like the front-runner to get the start against Furman on Saturday, going 7-19 for 46 yards while throwing an interception in his first-ever collegiate action during Week 2. Sophomore Tyler Harris fared better during his time on the field against Stanford, as he went 7-15 for 96 yards and a touchdown in relief of Schneider.

Despite Harris having the better game against Stanford it looks like coach O’Leary will stick with his gut and start Schneider, unless Harris impresses the coaching staff during practice this week.

The Knights (0-2) will look for their first win of the season when they take on Furman (0-2) on Saturday at Bright House Networks Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the game being streamed on ESPN3.

“Excited to be back home,” said linebacker Dominic Spencer on Monday. “Excited to play in Bright House and get our fans going, trying to get on this winning streak.”