As the Central Florida Knights prepare to make the move to the Big East in 2013 and will be counting on their offense to carry them through. Quarterback Blake Bortles should emerge as one of the top signal callers in the conference, but he will need someone to throw to. The Knights have plenty of depth at the receiver position, but junior Rannell Hall will become a breakout star next season.
Last year, Hall finished third on the team with 35 receptions for a team-leading 631 yards with four touchdowns. He was a big-play threat during his sophomore season, averaging over 18 yards per reception, five yards more than any other receiver on the team. With another year of experience under his belt, Hall will become an even bigger part of the offense as UCF looks to open up the playbook.
He will be helped out by the overall talent of the receiving corps. Junior J.J. Worton comes back after leading the team with 44 receptions a year ago and senior Jeff Godfrey, No. 2 in receptions in 2012. Worton and Godfrey were more possession-type receivers for UCF last year and will keep defenses from loading up coverage on any one receiving option.
That will keep Hall in more one-on-one situations where he will be able to use his speed and playmaking ability to break off big gains in the passing game. His ability to get behind defenses will be instrumental in the emergence of Bortles as a big-time quarterback next season and will result in Hall being considered one of the premier deep threats in the country as well.
For UCF to make a run at the Big East title in 2013, they will need their offense to score some serious points. For them to do that, Rannell Hall has to emerge as the major playmaker that he is capable of becoming.