This week’s player to watch: Jeff Godfrey

JeffGodfrey Jeff Godfrey is one of the top recruits George O’Leary has ever landed at Central Florida.

In high school, his 7,251 passing yards made him the career passing leader in Miami-Dade county history, and his quick feet made him the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the nation according to Rivals.com. O’Leary had to beat out Miami, Tennessee and Florida State to get him.

It was not an easy process.

“Everybody was after him,” O’Leary said. “He was the 6A Player of the Year in Florida. That’s pretty good. He came up to visit and the coaches did a great job recruiting him. He liked what he saw here. He liked the situation. He liked the school.

“He’s about the team and that’s what has really impressed me about him. He’s very team-oriented. He has some great awards in his young career, but I think he plays very level headed. I’m very happy he’s in the program.”

You don’t say? Godfrey has already worked his way into the starting quarterback spot, and turned heads with his play.

Godfrey chose UCF because of its proximity to his home, and its promise that he would be able to play early if he worked hard during training camp.

As a true freshman he is not without his mistakes. His stats so far are only 302 yards passing and 104 yards rushing. O’Leary says he still leaves too many plays on the field, and he had to be pulled for two series last week at Buffalo.

But he views that as an aberration.

“Jeff was typical of a freshman last week,” O’Leary said. “But he’s not like a true freshman. He doesn’t act like one. I think he’s beyond his years as far as maturity is concerned. But obviously he’s going to have to play well for us to be successful. Hopefully he can improve on last week.”

K-State is expecting him to. Coach Bill Snyder described him as fun to watch but a chore to prepare for.

“He moves around so well,” Snyder said. “He throws the ball well. I appreciate his poise. He makes positive decisions; not throwing bad balls and interception balls. He’s a threat to bring it out and scramble and run with it. They have stuff in that offense that allows him to do what he does. He’s fast, he’s fluid and he’s pretty intelligent. He seems to have a great deal of poise about how he handles himself on the field.”

Defensive lineman Antonio Felder agrees.

“We are going to have to do a lot of bull-rushing and try to get to the outside before he does to try to keep him contained,” Felder said. “There are a few ways we will try to contain him. That will be the key to the game because he is a very fast quarterback.”