Friday afternoon three decorated members of UCF football history (along with three more from other sports) were given the ultimate honor in school and athletic department history. Players Brandon Marshall and Kevin Smith along with former coach George O’Leary will all be going into the UCF Athletics the Hall of Fame.
UCF maybe announcement on their website:
The @UCFKnights 2019 Hall of Fame Class?
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— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) March 15, 2019
Arguably the most famous of the three is Marshall, primarily because of his NFL career. However, UCF fans will remember that in his final season of 2005, Marshall caught 74 passes for 1,195 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is still in the top 10 of almost every statistical category in UCF receiving, even though he’s been out of college for almost 15 years. Marshall has gone on to an NFL career playing for the likes of the Broncos, Bears and Jets that has seen him make six Pro bowls and lead the league in touchdowns during the 2015 season.
Smith is arguably the greatest running back in program history including his phenomenal 2007 season when he rushed for a staggering 450 carries for 2,567 yards and 29 touchdowns while being named the Conference USA Player of the Year and finishing eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting that season. Smith was drafted by the Detroit Lions and played five seasons in the National Football League. He is a former UCF assistant and is currently the running backs coach at Florida Atlantic.
As for O’Leary, he is credited with bringing the program to Division 1 power status including their 12-1 record in 2013 the finsished with a win over Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl and a final #10 ranking in the AP poll. O’Leary coach 12 seasons in Orlando going 81-68. The school has already erected a statue of him outside of Spectrum Stadium.
The three others that will go in with the NFL players are from the sports of baseball soccer and softball. And, they all will be inducted at a ceremony to be held on April 12th.
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