For someone who supposedly had played his last game due to injury, Trevor Elbert’s first season at the University of Central Florida isn’t turning out half bad.

Not only is the team a perfect 11-0 and 8-0 in the American Athletic East Conference, but teammates recently singled out Elbert for being critical to helping the team preserve its overall 16-game winning streak.

“Trevor Elbert stepped up big and I told him when he went in, this is why you came to UCF, for moments like this,” UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton told the Orlando Sentinel following the Knights 56-36 win over Florida Atlantic. “He stepped up big and held it down on the left side.”

Not many would have predicted after Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin pronounced Elbert’s career over in 2016 when an old shoulder injury slowed his time with the Aggies to a complete halt. But over the summer, Elbert was cleared by doctors and made the move to Ventura College.

Elbert appeared in seven games at Ventura and showed enough to earn a spot with the Knights, where the 6-foot-5-inch, 312 pounder has added depth all season.

Turning heads is nothing new to Elbert. During his senior season in high school at Rockwall-Heath, he earned first-team all-district honors as a junior and was a consensus four-star recruit.

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