- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The University of Central Florida will be without at least two players when it opens preseason football camp next week.

Knights coach George O’Leary said Tuesday that both junior receiver Taylor Oldham and freshman defensive back Chris Williams would be out when the defending American Athletic Conference champions hold their first fall practice Aug. 5.

O’Leary said Oldham will likely be out until October after suffering an undisclosed injury during UCF’s spring game in April. Williams is recovering from being shot twice in the arm earlier this month following an altercation outside a lounge.

Williams was released from the hospital July 20, and will be out at least eight weeks. O’Leary, who is also the school’s interim athletic director, placed Williams on a medical withdrawal from summer classes and said his status would be evaluated next week.

“I’m leaning more toward a medical withdrawal - to stop his eligibility and not have this year count, and bring him back in January,” O’Leary said. “The police are involved now with what took place there, so it’s really their response now, not mine, as far as what’s transpired.”

The injuries of both Oldham and Williams hit players at positions that the Knights will be hoping to replenish this fall.

The offense lost its four top receivers from 2014, and the defense will be trying to replace its entire starting secondary which included the early NFL draft departure of AAC co-Defensive Player of the Year Jacoby Glenn.

Oldham is one of the most experienced returning receivers, while Williams was expected to compete for a starting spot on the secondary after impressing and with an interception during the spring game.

As for the unusual circumstances surrounding Williams’ injury, O’Leary said recent off the field incidents - most notably two involving a pair of Florida State football players in incidents at bars - are often brought up to his team.

“I’ll address the one that’s not here any longer with the medical withdrawal being out where you don’t belong and stuff,” O’Leary said. “I’ve addressed that all the time. The seniors are responsible for taking care of the football team, whether on the field or off the field. I always address them first, it’s their team.”

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