Darriel Mack Jr.

UCF redshirt sophomore quarterback Darriel Mack Jr. (8) tries to outrun the Knights' defense before throwing the ball during the 2019 UCF spring football game. The Knights' offense matched up against the Knights' defense in the annual game on Saturday, April 13 at Spectrum Stadium. 

The UCF football team ended its spring campaign Saturday afternoon at Spectrum Stadium with its annual spring game.

Team Pewter defeated Team Black 23-17, but second-year head coach Josh Heupel said he was just pleased with the way the team competed throughout the spring, not only throughout Saturday afternoon.

“I've said this since January — I think there's been a greater sense of urgency, greater attention to detail and — as much as anything — a great trust between coaches and players of buying into the process that we're trying to go through to become the team that we're capable of being,” he said. “I love what we did for 15 days — the competitive nature that we had.”

The offense got off to a fast start during the first possession of the game. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Darriel Mack Jr. led the offense on a two-play, 75-yard drive to score the game’s first touchdown.

Mack, along with senior transfer Brandon Wimbush, redshirt freshman Quadry Jones and freshman Dillion Gabriel, saw playing time at quarterback in the spring game. Mack threw for 171 yards, which was the most among the quarterbacks.

Redshirt sophomore running back Bentavious Thompson led the team in rushing with 110 yards, while sophomore receiver Rahsaan Lewis caught four passes for 110 yards.

On defense, redshirt junior defensive back Nevelle Clarke and redshirt senior linebacker Shawn Burgess-Becker each recorded an interception, while the defense as a whole recorded 11 sacks in the game. Sacks in the spring game are counted as soon as a player gets a hand on the quarterback.

Senior linebacker Nate Evans said that he was impressed with the defense‘s effort.

“Overall for the whole defense, spring was really good,” he said. “I was just impressed by how guys came in and were able to adapt with the culture and the playbook and just perform as well as they did.”

The Knights will return to Spectrum Stadium in August to take on the Florida A&M Rattlers in their 2019 season opener. The exact date is to be determined, with it scheduled for either Aug. 29 or Aug. 31.

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