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UCF quarterback Jeff Godfrey to transfer

Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:13 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 7:15 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

What a difference a year makes--unfortunately for UCF and now-former Knights quarterback Jeff Godfrey.

In 2010, Godfrey ranked among the nation's top 15 most efficient passers and won Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors while leading the Knights to a surprisise conference championship. Just one season later, with the Knights coming off a bitterly disappointing 5-7 campaign and Godfrey's passer rating having dipped by 15 points, Godfrey's father confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel Monday that he will be transferring out of the program.

"It was the right time to go when he started to have lack of playing time," Jeff Godfrey Sr. said. "He never had any problem with competing for the starting job. It was just a question of whether he would get a fair chance to compete."

The Knight program itself may take a different view, announcing itself Monday afternoon that Godfrey would be ineligible for the spring semester. The ineligibility is unrelated to the school's recent NCAA investigation.

Godfrey started all 12 games for the Knights, but often gave way to freshman backup Blake Bortles, who played several fourth quarters and finished with more touchdown passes (6) than Godfrey's 5 despite attempting 122 fewer passes. Godfrey rushed for 160 fewer yards in 2010 as his coaches reportedly asked him to make more throws from the pocket.

According to Godfrey Sr., the team's handling of Godfrey and offensive philosophy changed when wide receivers coach David Kelly was forced to resign as part of the NCAA investigative fallout.

"I trusted David Kelly," Godfrey Sr. said. "Coach O'Leary never explained to me why David Kelly was fired. And Jeff told me everything changed the day after he was fired. He went to practice and he was the No. 2 quarterback. They started him to keep him quiet, but he was the No. 2."

Godfrey transfer rumors have bubbled up over the past several weeks, with no less a personage than Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell writing for the UCF student newspaper that Godfrey (a Miami high school product) needed to leave the Knights unless head coach George O'Leary resigned. Godfrey Sr. suggested to the Sentinel that UCF may not have as much success recruiting Miami schools in the future after Godfrey's treatement.

Frankly, Godfrey Sr.'s willingness throughout this season to publicly complain about O'Leary's regime and its coaching decisions is a headache O'Leary and his program will likely be glad to be free of. But the bottom line is that Godfrey showed himself in his dynamic freshman season to be one of the brightest young quarterbacking prospects in the country, and that whatever development he might make from this point on won't come at the benefit of the Knights. However much promise Bortles may show, there's no way to spin the loss of a talent this substantial as a positive, particularly for a program suddenly in need of positives as it makes the transition to the Big East.

Comments

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:58 am
 

Classy move...

What program would want to take a chance on the Godfreys now?  It's obvious that father and son are a package, and that the father is the consummate "helicopter dad."  The player's favorite coach was fired for his contributions to NCAA violations and he is now talking to someone who provides illegal benefits to Miami players.  That alone is such a red flag that no coach in his right mind is going to take a risk on the Godfreys.  
 
Maybe if Godfrey had as much class as Denard Robinson, he would have been able to sacrifice some personal stats for the team.  Robinson went through a coaching and system change at Michigan that virtually guaranteed he would turn from a Heisman contender into a guy who wouldn't get the necessary stats, and he thrived.  Instaed of whining and compliaining, he played through injuries, including a staph infection, that would have benched most QB's, and his TEAM had a very good year.  
 
Players like Godfrey make players like Denard look even better.
 

 



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:44 pm
 

UCF quarterback Jeff Godfrey to transfer

"I trusted David Kelly," Godfrey Sr. said. "Coach O'Leary never explained to me why David Kelly was fired. And Jeff told me everything changed the day after he was fired. He went to practice and he was the No. 2 quarterback. They started him to keep him quiet, but he was the No. 2."


I guess that Mr. Godfrey Sr. is unable to read a newspaper or an online news source.  It was clearly written that David Kelly was fired for lying to NCAA investigators during the Caldwell scandal.  Why would the head coach need to call every parent and tell them why Coach Kelly was fired when they can all read that for themselves?

BTW, last offseason Godfrey (Jr, the QB) got in trouble with the law here in Orlando and was even arrested.  If he violated rules again, that could be why he is not ineligible.



Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:21 pm
 

UCF quarterback Jeff Godfrey to transfer

Maybe Arizona is a possibility. Rich Rod's offense could be a great fit for him.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:07 pm
 

Luther C

godfrey needs to do what his mentor luther campbell tells him--he knows his stuff.  When ucf didn't fire oleary, luther told him to transfer.



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:35 pm
 

UCF quarterback Jeff Godfrey to transfer

a story about the UCF burgerflippers.. wow



Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:06 pm
 

UCF quarterback Jeff Godfrey to transfer

Hard to believe that O'leary still is a HC.  I can't understand why he continues to get a pass for the mini scandals and now NCAA investigations that occur. Any program associated with O'Leary lacks character & professionalism - bottomline the man can't be trusted.  I pity the families that mistakenly entrust their sons to the program with O'Leary in charge.  You can't blame Jeff Godfrey or his family for what has happened.  I wish someone would expose this sorry piece of **** for what he is - a master of smoke & mirrors and breaking rules but does just enough to escape severe punishment.


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