C-USA Media Day: George O'Leary

C-USA Media Day: George O'Leary

Coach George O'Leary knows a thing or two about defense. The Knights led Conference USA in both scoring and total defense in 2010 en route to another conference championship. While the league is known as a high scoring conference, UCF has shown once again that the old adage rings true, "Defense wins championships."

At Conference-USA media day on Sunday Coach George O'Leary shared some of his thoughts about the league and his outlook on the the battles his team expects to face.

"It's a conference that puts points on the board," said O'Leary. "I think rules are made for offense.

"The key this year is that everybody has quarterbacks that can make plays.

"I still feel like that you have to be able to run the ball and stop the run in order to win championships.

"You have to play sounds defense and I am not about to change."

The UCF head man believes the talent level of the men wearing the headsets has improved over the course of the last few years and that is evidenced by the league's growth.

"There are a lot of excellent coaches in this conference," said O'Leary. "The know how to attack defenses and a lot of attention should go towards how people get that done.

"I feel like we have a lot of guys who are very unique in how they attack defenses in this conference.

"We've been very fortunate to be able to match up fairly well with them though."

Based in the fertile recruiting ground of Florida, the Knights have been able to find a niche for their recruiting efforts.

"I think recruiting is the name of the game," said O'Leary. "I think the big thing is that you have to go after go after the guys that fit your system.

"Too many times I see guys going to schools that aren't a good fit.

"I feel like we have done a good job being sure that the kids we bring in fit our system either offensively or defensively.

"I stress to our coaches all of the time to not just bring a name in, but to bring in a player that fits into the system we want to run that can help us.

"We don't want to have to change things because we have brought in the wrong kind of person."

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