There were 10 all-stars on the UCF Knights football team that really stood out and made things happen in 2009.
They were chosen solely for their performance on the field and playmaking abilities, not how big their name is or how popular they are with fans. Here are the Top 10 2009 All-Stars, closing out the decade:
It's no surprise that Brett Hodges made this list. Hodges, sharing time with Rob Calabrese in 2009, eventually won the starting quarterback position.
Hodges, a Central Florida native, represented his hometown with 2,438 total yards, a 59.9 completion percentage, and 17 touchdowns. His QB rating? 131.3.
Harvey was the big playmaker of the year, rushing for 1,109 yards on 261 total carries. He electrified fans with 14 touchdowns, his longest rush for 50 yards.
Receiving star Kamar Aiken was an all-star this year for the Knights, with 36 receptions, 610 yards, and an average of 16.9 yards per catch. Aiken scored nine touchdowns this season, his longest being 40 yards.
Star receiver A.J. Guyton shared long balls this year from Brett Hodges with Kamar Aiken, and put up some big numbers. Guyton made 44 receptions on the year for 572 yards and one touchdown.
Guyton also was a fantastic punt returner, returning 13 for 140 yards. He averaged 10.8 yards per return, his longest going 38 yards. The all-star also threw a touchdown for 36 yards.
Senior Rocky Ross, a famous fixture at Bright House Networks Stadium, made the most out of his last year at UCF with 41 receptions, 461 yards, and three touchdowns. Ross was also a great punt returner, returning nine for 110 yards, the longest being 39 yards with an average of 12 yards per return.
Jamar Newsome was the fourth-biggest receiving star of 2009, ending the last year of the decade with 24 receptions, 289 yards (12 yards per catch), and three touchdowns. His longest touchdown was a 52-yarder.
Robinson makes the list for being the interception leader. Josh managed six interceptions for 84 yards and one touchdown. His longest went for 33 yards.
Our eighth all-star making the list is Quincy McDuffie. McDuffie rushed for 11 carries and 55 total yards. Also, McDuffie was the top kick returner with a whopping 944 yards and one touchdown.
Nick Cattoi also makes the list as one of the more shrouded all-stars. Cattoi made a big difference this season, making 14 out of his 20 field goals.
Jonathan Davis is the last of the all-stars on this list, and he makes it because of his rushing statistics (64 carries for 310 yards for four touchdowns). Davis also made a difference on kick returns, with three for 45 yards.
I hope you enjoyed the Top 10 All-Stars of 2009. This is not to discount any of the players, especially the fantastic defense, who worked so hard this year. This is merely showcasing the Knights that made big plays and should be recognized for it.