UCF Spring Game a success for fans, alumni


Bryce Brimhall / Valencia Voice

UCF quarterback Justin Holman led the Gold team to a 21-10 victory in the Spring Game.

ORLANDO — UCF Football fans got their first taste of the Scott Frost Era during the Knights’ “UCFastival” on Saturday, as UCF finished up the Spring with the Gold team defeating the Black team 21-10.

The focus was on the offense early on in the Spring Game as everyone wanted to get a look at UCF’s new “UCFast” offense. Frost admitted that only half of the offense was able to be implemented during the 15 Spring practices but he was pleased with the development of quarterbacks Justin Holman and Nick Patti.

Stats weren’t kept for the game but it was clear that the defense was a few steps ahead of the offense in terms of the playbook. The Gold team did have a highlight play made by the versatile Mac Loudermilk, as the tight end/punter caught a touchdown for the Gold Team to secure the victory in the fourth quarter.

Justin Holman looked comfortable running an offense, that at times during the Spring Game was getting plays off within 15 seconds of the play clock starting. Holman should be the frontrunner to start at quarterback for the Knights going into the season, but Frost has said he hasn’t made a decision on his starting quarterback and doesn’t plan on being in any hurry to do so.

Taj McGowan scored on a rushing touchdown in the game with an 18-yard score in the second half.

The Spring Game saw a record announced attendance of 23,147 and capped off a day full of events on the UCF campus.

“I want to tell all of the fans thank you for showing up today and supporting us,” said Frost following the game. “I can’t tell you how much enthusiasm I felt, and excitement around the program. I’m really proud of our guys. I just got done telling them in the locker room, where they’ve come from December to where I see them now is a huge step. But I want them to understand that’s a first step.”

Multiple UCF alumni made an appearance at the Spring Game as well, with notable NFL players such as Brandon Marshall, Breshad Perriman, Bruce Miller and Latavius Murray just to name a few.

UCF will now have the summer to prepare for their season opener against South Carolina State on Saturday, September 3rd. The Knights are coming off a 0-12 season in 2015 and many players on the roster could use a win to open up the 2016 season.