The Central Florida Knights are making the move to the American Athletic Conference in 2013 and they are bringing a big-armed passing game with them. George O’Leary is going to lean on his 3,000-yard quarterback Blake Bortles even more next fall, meaning an expanded role for the team’s many playmaking receivers. None of them, however, could be poised for a bigger jump in production than sophomore Breshad Perriman.
Last season, Perriman finished with 26 receptions for 388 yards and three touchdowns as a true freshman. His 14.92 yards per reception average ranked second on the team, showing he had the ability to stretch defenses with his speed. With a full year of experience under his belt and an offseason to build up chemistry with Bortles, Perriman figures to take a major step forward in his production in 2013.
He’ll be helped out by a deep receiving corps. The Knights’ leading receiver from 2012, Rannell Hall, returns for his junior season to stretch defenses opposite Perriman. In the slot, UCF has a pair of matchup nightmares for defenses with J.J. Worton and Jeff Godfrey that will test just about every team the face in 2013. With four receiving threats for Bortles to choose from, defenses can’t focus too much on any one of them, and all of them will find more success because of it.
Perriman has the pedigree and the skill set to find success in the former Big East. It’s not a matter of if he will develop into a big-time playmaker, but when. Will he find that success quickly in 2013?