RJ Harvey, Top UCF vs. Georgia Tech Players to Watch – Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl

Written By PlayPicks Staff on December 9, 2023

The Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl will see the UCF Knights and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets square off on Friday, December 22, 2023. The matchup kicks off at 6:30 PM ET and airs on ESPN.

The Knights last played against the Houston Cougars, and they prevailed 27-13. The Yellow Jackets fell short by a final score of 31-23 last time out against the Georgia Bulldogs.

Last time out for the Knights, John Rhys Plumlee finished with 23 completions on 27 attempts (85.2%) for 253 yards, adding one touchdown, plus 15 rushing attempts for 58 yards plus one rushing touchdown. RJ Harvey carried the ball 21 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Kobe Hudson hauled in nine passes for 98 yards.

In the Yellow Jackets’ last game, Haynes King threw for 158 yards on 11-20 passing (55.0%), plus 10 rushing attempts for 24 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Jamal Haynes ran for 81 yards on 15 attempts. Eric Singleton Jr. posted 96 yards on four receptions.

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UCF Players to Watch

  • Plumlee has passed for 2,074 yards while completing 63.9% of his throws (145-of-227), with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions (207.4 yards per game). He’s also rushed 91 times for 473 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 47.3 yards per game.
  • Harvey has run for a team-leading 1,296 yards on 211 carries (108 yards per game) while scoring 16 touchdowns. He also averages 19.3 receiving yards per game, grabbing 17 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Johnny Richardson has rushed for 557 yards on 84 carries (46.4 yards per game), with one touchdown on the ground this year.
  • Javon Baker has racked up 43 receptions for 967 yards, best on his team, and six touchdowns. He averages 80.6 receiving yards per game.
  • Hudson has chipped in with 42 receptions for 853 yards and seven touchdowns.
  • Xavier Townsend has caught 31 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 31.6 yards per game this year.

Georgia Tech Players to Watch

  • King leads the team with 2,797 passing yards (233.1 yards per game) and has a 61.9% completion percentage this year (219-of-354) while throwing 26 touchdowns with 15 interceptions. He also has 648 rushing yards on 108 carries with nine touchdowns, averaging 54 yards per game.
  • Haynes has rushed for a team-high 931 yards on 156 attempts (77.6 yards per game) and seven touchdowns.
  • This season Singleton Jr. has 47 catches and leads the team with 706 yards (64.2 per game) while scoring six touchdowns.
  • Malik Rutherford has chipped in with 462 yards on 44 catches and three touchdowns. He averages 38.5 receiving yards per game this year.
  • Christian Leary has caught 25 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 31.9 yards per game this year.

UCF Recent Stat Leaders

  • With in games, Andrew Harris has been a significant contributor to the Knights’ defense in their last three games.
  • John Walker has helped lead the Knights’ defense with three tackles in their last three games.
  • As part of the Knights’ defensive unit, Alec Holler has delivered three tackles in their last three games.
  • Decorian Patterson, as part of the Knights’ defense, has totaled 10 tackles in their last three games.

Georgia Tech Recent Stat Leaders

  • In the Yellow Jackets’ last three games, Aidan Birr has collected 10 tackles.
  • For the Ramblin’ Wreck in their last three contests, King has registered 10 tackles.
  • In the Yellow Jackets’ last three games, Miles Brooks has delivered 16 tackles.
  • Billy Ward has delivered 16 tackles for the Ramblin’ Wreck in their last three contests.

UCF vs. Georgia Tech Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
UCF -5 -108 -112 66.5 -110 -110

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Team Stat Comparison

UCF Georgia Tech
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 32.5 (42) 31.2 (50)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 25.4 (57) 30.5 (100)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 13 (70) 18 (119)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 12 (73) 17 (15)

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