UCF Lands Louisville Transfer RB Peny Boone

Dec 2, 2023; Detroit, MI, USA; Toledo Rockets running back Peny Boone (13) runs the ball against the Miami (OH) Redhawks in the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

A note to Big 12 defenses in 2024: You’d better bring your lunch pail and hard hat to Orlando when UCF is on the schedule.

With K.J. Jefferson and RJ Harvey sharing a backfield, the running game for UCF was already set to be dangerous this upcoming season, but now the Knights might have one of the most loaded running back rooms in America.

Peny Boone, the top available running back in the portal and a Top 50 transfer in the 2024 cycle, announced his commitment to UCF on Wednesday.


Earlier this week, it appeared that Kansas State had the best running back tandem in the Big 12 heading into 2024, with DJ Giddens returning and Dylan Edwards coming to Manhattan.

But, after the news of Boone committing to the Knights, there’s certainly a debate to be had.

At Toledo last season, Boone logged 194 carries for 1,400 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns while averaging a gaudy 7.2 yards per carry.


When you compare that with Harvey, who had 226 carries for 1,416 yards and 16 rushing scores on 6.3 yards per carry, that’s one heck of a one-two punch for the Knights.

The contrast in their running styles is what makes this such a terrifying addition for Big 12 defenses. Harvey, listed at 5-foot-8, 195 pounds, is a physical but nimble runner and is nearly impossible to corner in a phone booth. He’s shifty and has speed to burn.

Boone, on the other hand, is 6-foot-1 and 242 pounds and goes by the nickname “Baby Bus.” Need I say more?

Last season, UCF ranked fifth nationally with 228.2 rushing yards per game and was among the best in the nation with 5.6 yards per attempt as well. Now, with Boone, Harvey, and K.J. Jefferson sharing the backfield in Orlando, it might be safe to assume those numbers are even more impressive in 2024.

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