The expectations of taking the next steps in year two for the UCF Knights and head coach Scott Frost are definitely there. After all, during his rookie campaign as a head coach, the Knights got rolling in the middle of the season and had their record at 6-4 entering late November.
Unfortunately, Tulsa, USF and Arkansas State (in a bowl game) put UCF back in their place finishing 6-7 in 2016.
Now, the workouts for the upcoming season have gotten underway and the optimism from what they did in their first 10 games last year is definitely back.
Also back is Sophomore QB MacKenzie Milton, who at times was sensational for the Golden Knights not only with his arm, but with his fast feet, too. After becoming the starter in October, Milton completed 57% of his passes for nearly 2,000 yards a year ago and had an additional 400 more on the ground with 13 combined TDs. He will be heavily counted on Frost’s uptempo spread offense to spark UCF’s attack in 2017.
Another familiar face is the leader of the defense and the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, LB Shaquem Griffin. Griffin comes off a 2016 where he led UCF with 11.5 sacks and 8.5 other tackles for loss. He will obviously be counted on heavily this season.
Griffin, by the way, is demonstrating his dedication to his 2017 preparation by doing something that you often see at the pro level during training camp from players and especially, coaches:
— Adam Shadoff (@FOX35Adam) July 28, 2017
We’ll see if his “sleep sacrifice” pays off, as practice and then, the season goes on.
Finally, back to Frost, who came to Orlando after calling plays for the high octane Oregon offense for a couple of seasons. He is also a former star in the Nebraska football program, too. Most of all, he understands that expectations are bigger in Orlando this season.
And, at least on Sunday, he was very pleased with their preparation:
— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) July 30, 2017
As the Knights get ready for FIU on September 2nd and have Georgia Tech and Maryland also in September, they hope that there are many more practices like that in the weeks to come.