UCF’s Seyvon Lowry

Vet­eran de­fen­sive end leads surg­ing UCF in INTs

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Chris Hays Staff Writer

leads the Knights in in­ter­cep­tions with two in the first four games, and his team­mates say it couldn’t hap­pen to a more pop­u­lar player.

It has been a run­ning joke this week around the foot­ball fa­cil­i­ties at UCF that Seyvon Lowry should per­haps change po­si­tions.

The sug­ges­tion was made that maybe he should be dropped into pass cov­er­age as a de­fen­sive back. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound de­fen­sive end, af­ter all, does lead the Knights in in­ter­cep­tions with two in the first four games.

It’s all in good-na­tured fun, of course, and Lowry’s coaches and team­mates love to laugh with Lowry, one of the most pop­u­lar play­ers on the Knights’ ros­ter.

“Seyvon’s one of my fa­vorite guys. He’s a spe­cial kid. He pours his heart out on the field all the time,” UCF coach Scott Frost said. “If we can fin­ish the sea­son with Seyvon catch­ing as many in­ter­cep­tions as McKen­zie [Mil­ton] has thrown, then we have a good chance to win some games.”

It’s ob­vi­ous how much Lowry’s suc­cess pumps up the rest of his de­fen­sive team­mates. It seemed like there wasn’t a hand on the side­line that didn’t tap Lowry’s hel­met in con­grat­u­la­tions af­ter his in­ter­cep­tion against Mem­phis.

“I was think­ing, just don’t get

“I’m happy as heck for that kid. He’s one of my fa­vorite guys on the team and he de­serves ev­ery­thing he gets. Ac­tu­ally, you don’t de­serve, you earn it and he earns ev­ery­thing he gets. He’s awe­some.” UCF de­fen­sive coach Erik Chi­nan­der on Seyvon Lowry

a penalty … get as much yards as you can,” Lowry said of the in­ter­cep­tion, which he re­turned 14 yards and set up an­other UCF touch­down dur­ing a 40-13 rout of the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence foe.

He then pulled off an­other in­ter­cep­tion last week dur­ing the Knights’ 51-23 blowout of Cincin­nati, mak­ing him the team leader.

“Seyvon’s like a DB out there,” line­backer Shaquem Grif­fin said, laugh­ing. “I re­mem­ber last year he made so many plays on the ball . ... It’s kind of crazy how he gets around the ball so much. He looks like a DB. He’s got a good surge on the ball, he’s got a smooth backpedal and he picked it off.

“Just to see a guy like that, be­ing able to put his hands on the ball so much and be­ing able to have two picks back-to-back [games]. … It shows that the hard work he’s putting in … and the way he’s read­ing his keys, it pays off for him.”

Lowry, a se­nior, played spar­ingly a year ago, but he has worked his way into the de­fen­sive line ro­ta­tion this sea­son. He had 13 tack­les last sea­son. This year, though he has just two tack­les in four games, he’s been far more ac­tive.

De­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Erik Chi­nan­der echoed the Knights’ en­thu­si­asm over Lowry’s suc­cess.

“I’m happy as heck for that kid. He’s one of my fa­vorite guys on the team and he de­serves ev­ery­thing he gets,” Chi­nan­der said. “Ac­tu­ally, you don’t de­serve, you earn it and he earns ev­ery­thing he gets. He’s awe­some.”

SEN­TINEL FILE PHOTO

UCF se­nior de­fen­sive line­man Seyvon Lowry pumps up Knights team­mates with his big plays.

JOHN MINCHILLO/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

UCF de­fen­sive line­man Seyvon Lowry, sec­ond from left, cel­e­brates with team­mates af­ter in­ter­cept­ing a pass against Cincin­nati last week, his sec­ond pick of the sea­son.

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