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Former QBs Weinke and Culpepper part of 2019 Florida Sports HOF class

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Three prominent Florida football players, including former FSU Heisman winning quarterback Chris Weinke  and UCF star QB Daunte Culpepper will go into Florida Sports Hall of Fame later this year.

While no official announcement from the Hall of Fame had come as of Wednesday afternoon, word has leaked out about the 11 inductees in the 2019 class:

Weinke, who after having played minor league baseball through his early 20s, was 28 years old when he won the 2000 Heisman at Florida State. He led the nation in passing that year with 4,163 and finished his Seminoles career, at the time, as the all time leader in yards passing and touchdown passes. He was later a fourth round pick of the Panthers and also played for the St. Louis Rams in his pro career.

As for Culpepper, he played four seasons 1995-98 accumulating over 12,000 yards from scrimmage and a combined 108 touchdowns passing and rushing in his Knights career. Both of those remain UCF records to this day. Culpepper was a first round NFL pick by the Vikings and made the Pro Bowl in just his third season. He also later played for the Dolphins, the Raiders and the Lions, as a pro.

Also, former Gators All-American linebacker, the late David Little will go into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame later this year. Little, was a consensus All American linebacker in 1980 and finished his career with a staggering 475 tackles in just three seasons. Little was killed in a weightlifting accident in 2005 at age 46.

The long time “Voice of the Florida Gators” on radio, Mick Hubert was part of the 2018 induction class that included former Major league baseball star Gary Sheffield and pro boxer Roy Jones, Jr.

Joining the three football stars for 2019 will be original members of the Orlando Magic, executive Pat Williams and forward Nick Anderson, LPGA Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam, Major League Baseball catcher Jason Varitek, former track executive Chuck Rohe, baseball star Pete Dunn, soccer star goalie Winston Dubose and volleyball great Louis Webb.

The FSHOF induction will be November 12th in Orlando.

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UCF WR Gabe Davis will turn pro

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Next year’s UCF offense took a big hit Wednesday , but in the long run, the player leaving may help the program with more publicity at the next level.

Star wide receiver Gabriel Davis has decided to forgo his senior season and enter the upcoming NFL draft.

Davis is a true “Florida Boy” growing up in Sanford, and playingl ball at Seminole High school. He has been dominant in his time at UCF, has become one of the best wideouts in the state, arguably the best in his conference and one of the more underrated players in the country.

His numbers have improved each season. As a freshman, he had 27 catches for 391 yards and four touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had 53 catches for 815 yards and seven touchdowns. Then, this season Davis had 72 catches for 1,241 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Last season Davis finished on the American All-conference second team. This year, however, he finds himself on the first team and will hope the accolades don’t stop there.

Davis has all of the prototypical traits to be an “X” receiver in the NFL. He has the size at 6’3, but could work on his frame, getting up his listed weight at 212 pounds. In the passing league that is the NFL, teams are always looking for someone with big play ability. Davis is just that, averaging 16 yards a catch for his career.

He has the ability to take the top of a defense with his size and speed, which will intrigue scouts. One area of his game he will likely work on in the offseason will be running after the catch.

We all know his ability to kill you downfield, but scouts will also want to see what he can do catching a short pass. With an absolutely stacked class at the position, it will be interesting to see where Davis goes when the draft rolls around.

Already underrated being from an AAC school expect that to continue during draft time, but also expect him to rise to the occasion.

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UCF blows out USF- is it the end for Charlie Strong?

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It wasn’t an unexpected result, as UCF won for the third straight time in the rivalry matchup with USF, 34 – 7 Friday night in Orlando. The bigger question is: was it the end for third-year Bulls coach Charlie Strong?

First to the game. The Knights got what they needed in the first half, as freshman quarterback Dillon Gabriel led them on three scoring drives to build a 21 – 0 lead from which USF never recovered. Gabriel threw two touchdown passes to his favorite target this season, receiver Gabe Davis (above), and the lead grew to 24 – 0 at the half.

The same pattern continued with USF’s offense as has been the case for much of this season. The Bulls mounted a little to nothing offensively throughout the game until finally breaking through, when running back Johnny Ford scored on a fourth-and-goal late in the third quarter. That trimmed the lead to 24 – 7.

However, Backup QB Darriel Mack led the next Knights answer going 82 yards in 8 plays with Mack carrying two yards for UCF’s final TD of the evening and all but, putting the game away.

The win was UCF’s ninth on the season and they await to find out what bowl game the American Conference will slot them in. This is the first time in three years that the Knights have not played in the championship game of the American Conference. They won the previous two defeating the Memphis Tigers both times and ended up playing in a New Year’s Six bowl game each time, as well.

That included their loss in the Fiesta Bowl to LSU a year ago, which stopped their 25 game win streak.

Back to the Bulls, the loss was their fourth straight to end the year and Strong’s team limped to the finish line at 4 – 8. When you combine this season with losing the remaining six games a year ago, that’s 14 losses in the last 18 games played for Strong’s teams. Friday night was also the fifth loss by 27 points or more for USF this season.

So now, we all wait to see if USF Athletic Director Michael Kelly, who was hired last year, will get rid of the former Texas and Louisville coach or give him one final shot to turn it around in 2020?

Strong is reportedly owed at least $5 million for the remaining two years on his five-year deal that he agreed to in December of 2016.

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