UCF sits QB Hodges, RB Harvey against Texas

Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

Central Florida quarterback Brett Hodges and running back Brynn Harvey will not start Saturday against No. 2 Texas for what the school is calling health reasons.

Both players, who were nicked up in last week’s game against Marshall, made the trip to Austin, but will only be used in an emergency situation.

Rob Calabrese will start at quarterback and Jonathan Davis will start at tailback for the Knights.

Coach George O’Leary said earlier in the week that his team’s focus was on winning a Conference USA championship and that he wouldn’t jeopardize that by playing players who were not 100 percent in a nonconference game.

So, it's no surprise that the team's two best offensive players would sit especially with a game against No. 14 Houston looming next week.

“Our most important goal is the conference,” O’Leary said during his press conference this week. “That dictates what happens at the end of the year. Our team is aware of that. Our goal is to win the conference championship and our second goal is to go to a bowl game. I think that is what is on their minds. They are real enthused to play Texas. You have to play to win. The players that can go 100 percent are going to play and that's the way I have always run the game. I don't look at the next game until we have to play it. We are going to play the people that are available to play and hopefully those are the people who played last game.”