Football practice report (Nov. 27)
TAMPA -- Friday's game at UCF will feature a special reunion for USF defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan and Knights coach George O’Leary.
The two worked together for five seasons (1987-91) on Bobby Ross' staff at Georgia Tech. Bresnahan served as inside linebackers coach and O'Leary was defensive coordinator during the Yellow Jackets' national championship run in 1990.
Bresnahan said Wednesday he hasn't kept up with O'Leary very much on a personal level in the years since, but has many fond memories from their time together.
"It was fun, we had a blast, we really did," Bresnahan recalled. "We've stayed in contact very minimal, but I've followed his career and he's done an unbelievable job."
BORTLES PRAISED: Bresnahan has plenty of admiration for UCF QB Blake Bortles (2,819 passing yards, 20 TDs, five INTs), saying the junior is among the best in college.
"He's as good as anybody in the country, I really believe that," Bresnahan said. "He's efficient, he does the things that winning quarterbacks do. He manages the run game, uses the play-action pass to complement it, and then when he has to make a play, he does.
"Once again, it's a great challenge for us and our guys love it."
Senior DL Todd Chandler said the key to stopping Bortles and Knights RB Storm Johnson is simple: Hit them quickly.
"At the end of the day, it's all about starting fast and finishing (our) hitting," Chandler said.
"Hit, hit, hit -- that's going to be our main obstacle this week. Just putting a hat on Storm Johnson and get to Bortles just as many times as we can and get them knocked down."
FLOYD A FINALIST: Redshirt sophomore QB Matt Floyd has been named a finalist for the Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award, presented by the Premiere Players Sports Foundation.
The award is given to one college football player each year from Florida or South Carolina who has gone above and beyond in giving to others and performing community service. The winner will be announced during an awards dinner Dec. 10 in Tampa.