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Navy Triple Option To Provide Challenge For UCF

Josh Ciganek



(Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)

The University of Central Florida Knights are one of three unbeaten teams in Florida and one of the final eight still undefeated in the nation. However, they will face a test this weekend unlike any other they have had so far.

UCF is traveling to Annapolis, Maryland to take on the Navy Midshipmen Saturday along with the dynamic offense that Navy has. Navy runs the triple option scheme that college football fans saw work exceptionally well with previous quarterback Keenan Reynolds. This year, junior Zach Abey (above) is under center for the Midshipmen and is executing the triple option extremely well.

Abey became the first quarterback in Navy history to rush for 200 yards and throw for 100 yards in a single game. He did so in Navy’s first game of the year as the team routed Florida Atlantic 42-19 for the victory.

With Abey at the helm, Navy has rushed for nearly 400 yards per game including an incredible 569-yard team performance against Cincinnati in September. Malcolm Perry and Chris High are the two main tailbacks that line up with Abey in the backfield. Abey leads the team in rushing with over 1000 yards in just the six games Navy has played so far.

This kind of rushing attack is unlike any other that Central Florida has faced this season. Entering Saturday’s game, the Knights defense have allowed only an average of 110 yards rushing per game. None of their previous opponents used the triple option scheme, though. The defense led by linebackers Pat Jasinski and Shaquem Griffin will have to step up if they want to keep the Midshipmen at bay.

While many fans aren’t worried about Navy, they are still 5-1 in the season and have proven to be a challenge for their opponents. Head coach Scott Frost must have this defense prepared for blockers from all directions, last second pitches from Abey, and explosive runs that have caused nightmares all season long.

Josh Ciganek is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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