In 2007, UCF redshirt freshman defensive end Darius Nall electrified Conference USA with his 22 tackles, four tackles for a loss, and a sack.
Nall was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team that year and was poised for another fantastic season in 2008. However, a cancerous mass that appeared in Nall's chest after he was examined for not feeling well, eliminated any chance of playing during the 2008 season.
Nall has battled back, though, and will be playing for the Knights in the 2009 football season after receiving a medical redshirt.
He is expected to receive ample playing time this year and will be working with the team on the practice field Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 3:20-5:30 p.m., in preparation for the Sept. 5 season opener at home against Div. I-AA Samford.
He recently spoke with UCFAthletics.com and told the website that he really enjoyed getting in shape all summer in preparation for another successful year.
He said he's getting even more physical as a player and has really noticed a more aggressive attitude from the team than in previous years.
Nall's defensive game plan for this season is to increase pressure on the opponent's quarterback and utilize confidence in order to attack the ball.
"Attack" is the buzz word for Nall and his defense, a verb that Knights fans would love to see come September.
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