UCF under year two of Scott Frost is looking to make drastic improvements, compete for the AAC title, and put their hat in the NY6 bowl category. The thing Scott Frost is known for is explosive offense, and that is definitely a testament from his time at Oregon. The offense for UCF struggled at times, but showed promise in games with East Carolina and Cincinnati last year. Upcoming sophomore McKenzie Milton threw for just over 2,000 yards and 25% of those passes were to his TE’s. In our opinion the success UCF will have in their passing game will go through the TE’s, whether that come from mismatches, or spacing provided by the big bodies. We expect the UCF TE’s to up their statistical production this year, which will lead to more success as an offensive unit. If UCF wants to compete for that conference championship, these two TE’s below have to find the ball more.
Jordan Akins Sr. TE
Akins is a big bodied TE that is currently over 250 lbs but is very crisp in his route running. In 2016 he was third on the team in receptions and receiving yards. He is that big body that Milton can throw an easy pass to down the field. Akins does a great job of shielding defenders off, and giving an easy target between the numbers. He is on of the best TE’s to run down the seams of the field, and get the ball to. Akins is also essential in the run game from chipping DE’s, cutting off LB’s and blocks down field. There is a reason he is on the Mackey watch list, for the best tight end in college football. Check out his two touchdowns below in the season opener.
Jordan Franks Sr. TE
Not too many people know this but Jordan (better known as Bubba Franks) is bigger brother to Florida Gator Quarterback Feliepe Franks. He is a little lighter than Akins but still a big body none the less. Franks started his career at UCF as LB, then went to defensive back, and finally to TE. He has seen playing time in all faces of the game at UCF, and has been successful. We expect Jordan to carry a little more of an offensive load, as he does well in space against match ups with linebackers.