Coach: Josh Heupel
UCF Players to watch:
*Junior LB Nate Evans (6-1/241)
Evans was named first team all-conference. He played in 12 games, starting nine. He was second on the team with 90 total tackles and recorded 2.5 sacks. Evans scored his first collegiate points on a 94-yard fumble recovery at ECU on Oct 20.
*Junior CB Nevelle Clarke (6-1/185)
Clarke broke up a total of 12 passes, grabbed two interceptions; recorded a career-high 40 total tackles, 33 solo, and four for a loss of 18 yards on the season.
**Sophomore FS Richie Grant (6-0186)
Grant led team in solo tackles with 64, 102 tackles, and six interceptions. He was named first team All-AAC and joined the Knights’ all-time list in most forced fumbles in a season with three, tied for eighth all-time.
*Junior OC Jordan Johnson (6-2/320)
Johnson started 12 games at center, earning first team all-conference honors. helping the Knights break the single-season rushing record.
Coach: Ed Orgeron
LSU Players to watch:
*Junior LB Devin White (6-1/260)
Linebacker Devin White has been named the winner of the Charles McClendon Award, which is presented annually to the most valuable player on the LSU football team.
White, who was the winner of the 2018 Butkus Award as college football’s top linebacker, led the Tigers with 115 tackles and 10.0 tackles for loss in helping LSU to a 9-3 overall mark and a berth in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on January 1 against UCF. White was a consensus All-America as well as being a first team All-SEC selection. White ran a 10.68 as a junior and before his senior year at the Nike Opening he ran a 4.49 at 6’1 255lbs, had a 39 inch vertical, and tossed the power ball 44 ft.
**Sophomore FS Grant Delpit (6-3/201)
Delpit was an unanimous All-America, becoming just the ninth player in LSU history to earn that distinction. He racked up 45 solo tackles with 28 assists, 5 interceptions and 5 sacks.
Senior QB Joe Burrow (6-3/215)
Burrow, a grad transfer from Ohio State, became the first player in LSU history to throw for 2,500 yards and rush for 350 yards in a season as he completed 198-of-345 passes for 2,500 yards and 12 TDs. He has one more year of eligibility remaining is he’d choose to return to Baton Rouge.
Senior RB Nick Brossette (6-0/2018)
Brossette is a talented local product who has shown the ability to bulldoze over would-be tacklers but also has the shiftiness to cut runs outside. He led the Tigers with 922 rushing yards and his 14 TDs ranked second in the league.
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
LSU 40, UCF 32
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona