Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
UCF is having some success this season, much of which can be attributed to the strength and consistency of the Knights' offensive line.
UCF hasn't had this consistency on its offensive line since 2007. For the first time in five years, the Knights have used the same five offensive linemen through the first five games of the season.
Center Jordan Rae (25 starts) and left guard Theo Goins (22 starts) are the leaders on the line, but each entered the 2012 season with at least one career start. The Knights are giving up 1.4 sacks a game, which ranks third in Conference USA, but is still not good enough for Rae, according to the Orlando Sentinel:
"I don't think we're where we want to be at, but we're working to that point. We just got to keep improving, so far, so good in most of the games."
The chemistry on the line is working for the Knights. They host Southern Mississippi on Saturday, then travel to Memphis and Marshall in the following weeks.
Last week, redshirt sophomore quarterback Blake Bortles had career-highs in both passing and rushing yards. He hasn't thrown an interception in his last 10 starts.