Friday, May 25, 2018
Colleges

UCF has kicking problems

ORLANDO — UCF has seen inconsistent kicking — punting and field goals — during preseason camp.

Redshirt freshman Caleb Houston and Shawn Moffitt, competing for the punting job, have been spotty. At times, both are capable of sending punts 50-plus yards. At other times, both have sent punts fewer than 30 yards.

The placekickers — Moffitt, Sean Galvin and Rodrigo Quirarte — have struggled on live field goals at the end of practice.

"I think (the field goal kickers) are inconsistent right now. They hit some good ones. They were hitting 50-yarders during prepractice," Knights coach George O'Leary said Sunday. "Then as soon as the rush comes, they start peeking. That's got to (be corrected).

"I'm not as overly concerned (with the punters) as I am with the kickers."

Good reserves: With starting receivers Breshad Perriman and Rannell Hall out with injuries, redshirt freshman Dareen Owi and junior Josh Reese have gotten opportunities to play with the first team.

Owi has impressed with his size, 6 feet 3, 207 pounds. Reese has impressed with his speed and shiftiness.

"I think I've been doing pretty well," Reese said.

"I still have a lot of stuff to work on. I just come out every day and try to practice and try to get better."

UM: First scrimmage

CORAL GABLES — Miami held the first of its two scrimmages. But details were scarce because fans and media were not allowed to watch.

The school did release some stats. Stephen Morris threw for two touchdowns, a 1-yarder to FB Maurice Hagens and a 30-yarder to Phillip Dorsett. Danny Dillard (3 yards) and Eduardo Clements (6) ran for touchdowns. And Matt Goudis went 3-for-3 on field goals, all between 45 and 47 yards.

The second scrimmage is set for Friday.

Quotable: "He has the ability to play all the down spots." — coach Al Golden on Olsen Pierre, who was moved from second-team defensive tackle to first-team defensive end on the depth chart, released last week.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

UF: Lineman commits

GAINESVILLE — OL Nolan Kelleher, a 6-foot-6, 310-pounder from Mount Pleasant (S.C.) Wando, orally committed to Florida. Kelleher, a four-star recruit, according to espn.com, also considered Clemson. Commitments can't become official until Feb. 5.

Times wires

Stetson: Call first play

DELAND — Stetson is fielding a football team for the first time since 1956. And the school is auctioning off the right to call the first play in the Aug. 31 opener. Proceeds go to the program. The minimum bid is $500. For more details, go to gohatters.com.

Times wires

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