TAMPA — After receiving a strong vote of confidence as the clear starter from coach Skip Holtz following Saturday's scrimmage, junior QB B.J. Daniels said he appreciates the backing from his coaches.
"It helps to know you have a real good supporting staff like we have behind you 100 percent," he said.
Daniels said a renewed focus helped him improve this summer.
"Putting everything to the side and just doing whatever I can to reach the common goal that we all are trying to achieve," he said.
"Just the little things that I've noticed. … The way we've attacked summer workouts, the way everybody is trying to hang around and be a sponge and absorb information from coaches, the way we stay after and watch film, and most of this stuff is on our own time. It's not directed toward specific meetings, so I can tell this team is hungry."
Receiving word: Senior WR A.J. Love said this year's team is as close as any he's been on in his six years with the program.
"The expectations are always high, but as far as a team, we're just so much closer than we have ever been as far as relationships go, so guys are more willing to play for each other."
Love said that mind-set comes from the team believing in its potential.
"You know, before, we had those same aspirations, winning the Big East. We've gotten close, but now everybody's bought in, and I think everybody believes that we actually have the pieces to get it done."
This and that: Tuesday's practice was the first since fall classes began. … Holtz said the Bulls began scout work in preparation for the opener, Sept. 3 at Notre Dame. … Holtz liked the way the team looked in its transition from "camp mode."
FSU: Scrimmage okay
TALLAHASSEE — Jimbo Fisher was pleased with parts of a scrimmage at Doak Campell Stadium, but others, he said, could have been much better.
"It was a feast or famine deal," the coach said.
Both FSU's offense and defense gave up big plays, he said of the closed workout. The fact that they each took advantage of the other's errors and made key catches, stops and runs was worth noting, he said. But overall, the entire team could stand to improve in certain areas.
"We need more consistency from both sides."
Senior OT Andrew Datko (shoulder) sat out. Fisher said he believed Datko, along with injured DTs Jacobbi McDaniel and Demonte McAllister, will be healthy later this week.
Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel
UCF: Emergency pick
ORLANDO — After putting running backs and other promising athletes through tryouts, UCF coach George O'Leary said the Knights have found a new emergency quarterback — senior RB Ronnie Weaver.
Senior receiver and third-string QB Rob Calabrese suffered a season-ending knee injury last week, leaving UCF with just two quarterbacks.
O'Leary said Weaver "throws extremely well."
Weaver, a former walk-on who quickly earned the coaches' respect and a scholarship, is a utility player who has thrived on special teams and as a running back. If the Knights were forced to use a third quarterback, Weaver would run UCF's version of the wildcat offense.
"I'm learning," he said. "It's brand new to me, so we'll work with it every day."
Tuesday was UCF's final preseason workout. The Knights will take today off, then begin installing the game plan for the opener against Charleston Southern on Thursday.
Iliana Limon, Orlando Sentinel