It’s been a long time since UCF has had a good quarterback – a dozen years to be exact.

Freshman Jeffrey Godfrey appears to be the answer to UCF's quarterback problems that have been going on for more than a decade.

Daunte Culpepper graduated in 1998 and helped put the program on the map as it transitioned to Division 1 status.

UCF has slowly made progress, but still has a long way to go before they’ll be mentioned in the same breath as Florida’s big boys – the Gators, Hurricanes, and Seminoles.

For any program, especially one trying to make a name for itself, strong quarterback play is essential.

In his sixth season at the helm, it appears UCF coach George O’Leary has finally found one.

Physically Jeff Godfrey, a true freshman, is Culpepper’s polar opposite. He’s listed at a generous 5-11 and 182 pounds.

With starter Rob Calabrese struggling and the team trailing 28-7 to North Carolina State (3-0) in UCF’s second game, O’Leary turned to Godfrey.

He delivered.

Godfrey led a furious UCF comeback, rushing for two touchdowns to cut the Wolfpack’s lead to 28-21. With time winding down he led the Knights into the redzone, but receiver Quincy McDuffie fumbled at the 11-yard line to end the threat – and the game.

He got his first start against Buffalo on Saturday and helped lead the Knights to a 24-10 victory and a 2-1 record.

So far so good for the young signal caller.

He’s completed 28-of-41 for 302 yards and a touchdown and has run 26 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

The freshman will get a huge test on Saturday as UCF travels to face Kansas State (3-0), who received votes in both polls this week.

UCF fans expect another winning season in 2010. They are desperate for the program’s first bowl win. They want another CUSA championship.

Maybe, just maybe, Godfrey will be the man to lead them there.

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