"I get a little bit nervous because he made about every tackle on kickoff out there," Holliday said after the 59-24 win. "I told (defensive coordinator Chris Rippon) we'd put him at linebacker."
Haig, a graduate of American Heritage School in Delray Beach, Fla. played a little at quarterback and safety as a freshman and sophomore before focusing on kicking as a junior and senior. He said that, if he's going to attempt a tackle, he'd rather get there before the returner builds up a head of steam.
"I just focus on kicking the ball and a lot of times I'll see a hole and tend to fill that hole on the side I'm a safety on," he said. "It's easier for to tackle before he gets going, so I come up a little more."
In his day job, the redshirt sophomore has made 6-of-9 field goals and 36-of-36 extra points, with four touchbacks on kickoffs.
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SATURDAY'S GAME will have Conference USA title game implications for both the Herd and Knights.
There was a chance, albeit a tiny one, that NCAA sanctions would ban UCF from the postseason. But the NCAA won't hear UCF's postseason-ban appeal until Jan. 24, which leaves the Knights eligible for the C-USA title in their final year before they move to the Big East.
"I think it's great news for our team, great news for our fan base and we would've never had appealed that unless we thought we had a great opportunity to win that certain sanction," UCF Coach George O'Leary said. "Now, basically we can fight for a conference championship; we can go to a bowl game. Then we need to go out and win that appeal Jan. 24 and I definitely think we have a great opportunity to do that."
The NCAA hit UCF with scholarship reductions and postseason bans in football and men's basketball after determining the school committed major recruiting violations and showed a loss of institutional control. The football postseason ban is the only punishment UCF is challenging.
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