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UCF announced new field sponsor at Spectrum Stadium

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The UCF Knights hit the field on Thursday night making their 2019 debut against FAMU, and they will do so with a new sponsor and logo on the turf. This after an announcement Wednesday afternoon that Atlanta-based national roofing company, Roodclaim.com, has agreed to a multi-faceted sponsorship deal with the University.

The school’s media release touted that “Roof claim” will now have their logo on the field and are asking the media and television partners to refer to their on-campus facility, as “Spectrum Stadium and Roofclaim.com Field”

UCF athletic director Danny White expressed his excitement at the new partnership in the statement.

“All of us at UCF are so tremendously pleased to expand what quickly has become a fabulous relationship between our athletics program and Jasper and Roofclaim.com,” says Danny White, UCF vice president and director of athletics.”

Meanwhile, Roofclaim parent company, Jasper Contractors, had this to say,

“The relationship between UCF Athletics and Roofclaim.com has been tremendous to this point,” says Brian Wedding, CEO of Jasper Contractors. “Roofclaim.com is an up-and-coming brand that correlates with UCF Athletics’ rise to prominence within the entire collegiate athletics landscape. Roofclaim.com is proud to support UCF Athletics and their student-athletes as they embark on more championship seasons on and off the field or court. All told, the sky is the limit between Roofclaim.com and UCF Athletics.”

Roofclaim.com, which has multiple offices all over Florida including in Orlando, will also will be prominently shown inside of the on-campus Addition Financial Arena for men’s and women’s games.

Spectrum Stadium, which seats just over 45,000, has quickly become arguably the toughest place to play in the American Conference, as the Knights have completed two unbeaten regular seasons and won the American Conference Championship Games on that field in each of the last two years.

White concluded with,

“The Roofclaim name now will have a very visible presence at all UCF football and basketball home events, as well as all of our formal media events, And the fact we recently announced a sellout of our football season tickets for 2019 even broadens that reach.”

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UCF showed why they are top team in latest power rankings

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Another week has come and gone in the 2019 football season. In the state of Florida, it was another rough week for two of the NFL teams with the Fins and Jags both loosing again. While the Bucs were able to land an impressive division road win, UCF continued to roll, the Hurricanes got a victory, and the Gators pulled a out a late one, but lost a key player.

At the same time, FSU had yet another late-game collapse and USF did what they were supposed to do with an easy opponent. With all of that said lets breakdown the top teams in the state this week:

UCF Knights- The Knights just keep on “charging on.” Every time a team enters the “Bounce House,” they proceed to get bounced right on out of Orlando.

Freshman QB Dillon Gabriel is off to a hot start taking home a couple of national accolades last week. The Knights have now scored 30 points for the 29th game in a row, the longest streak since 1936. UCF gets another power five opponent this week on the road against Pittsburgh. If the Knights are able to roll over them with a couple of ranked matchups producing losses this weekend, will they be able to crack the top 10?

Florida Gators- The Gators had to sweat it out, but in the end, we’re able to come away with a win in Lexington. It took a missed field goal and a 76-yard WR sweep to eventually put the game away.

The Big story though, is the injury to 3-year starter, Felipe Franks. Franks will be out for the remainder of the season with a broken ankle, and backups Kyle Trask and Emory Jones will be called upon to run the offense.

With a home game against a 1-2 Tennessee next, then a visit from Towson, the Gators have time to get the offense resituated before a four-game stretch against Auburn, LSU, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers- The Bucs came away with a big division win on Thursday night at Carolina. The Panthers had owned the Bucs with Cam Newton who had a 9-4 record vs. the team before this loss. The Bucs offense did just enough and let the defense do the rest.

The new-look Bucs defense under coordinator Todd Bowles has been one of the bigger surprises in the entire NFL so far. With a date with the Giants and rookie Daniel Jones, the Bucs could potentially feast on the young quarterback in his first career start.

Miami Hurricanes- The Canes finally got a win in 2019. After losing the first two games by a combined 7 points, they beat Bethune-Cookman 63-0.

QB Jarren Williams continues to improve game by game, and the rushing attack had another good performance. The Canes will play host to a former employer of Dan Enos next week, when Central Michigan comes to town. Following that,  the Canes get right back into conference play with home games against Virginia Teach, Virginia, and Georgia Tech.

And….

FAU Owls- The Owls final played a team not ranked, and it resulted in the first win of the season. FAU took down Ball State 41-31 on the road. QB Chris Robinson tossed four touchdowns and had 366 yards passing. Larry McCammon III had 99 yards rushing and had a touchdown of his own.

John Mitchell had a monster game of 8 catches for 124 and three touchdowns. The Owls will get Wagner next before getting into conference play.

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UCF freshman QB Gabriel already bringing home honors

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If there was any chance for a two-quarterback system to continue at UCF, that appears to be answered already.
With Brandon Wimbush and Darriel Mack, Jr., both trying to gain playing time, true freshman Dillon Gabriel put a stronghold on the spot.

For the first time, this season the Knights started the same QB as the week before, and it seems like it will be like this for the foreseeable future. Gabriel, who shredded the Stanford defense Saturday, has the accolades coming in and was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week for the AAC,

Gabriel was also was named Walter Camp Foundation Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Knights to a win over the Cardinal by completing 22/30 of his passes for 347 yards and 4 touchdowns.

He was able to hit for TD throws of 28 yards to Marlon Williams, 38 yards to Tre Nixon, 38 yards to Gabriel Davis and 1-yard to Jake Hescook.

UCF scored at least 30 points for their 29th consecutive game – the longest streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 1936. They also won their 27th consecutive regular season game on Saturday.

Gabriel continues to follow in fellow Hawaii phenom, Mckenzie Milton’s footsteps. From the same town and school as the UCF quarterback, he is on the path with the awards. Milton, who was the American Player of the Year in 2018, but suffered a horrible career threatening injury in November, is helping Gabriel adjust to college and leading the Knights.

By the way, Gabriel is the fourth UCF player to receive Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors, since 2004, and the first since quarterback Milton.

If Gabriel is going to be the starter going forward, and barring injury, it looks like he will, we can expect more performances like this leading Josh Heupel’s high-powered offense.

He will get another test next week on the road against another Power 5 opponent in Pittsburgh in a game that will also be televised to a lot of the country on ABC.

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