UCF Offense Even Better This Season

Even with Scott Frost leaving for Nebraska, UCF hasn't taken a step back. If anything, the Knights have taken a step forward

September 21, 2018 - 9:31 am

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After Scott Frost left UCF for Nebraska this past offseason, it was only natural to assume the Knights would take a step back. So far, however, that hasn’t been the case. 

The No. 16 Knights (2-0) have defected Connecticut and South Carolina State by a combined 94-17.

“(Josh Heupel) has really ramped up that offense – even more so than what they had last year,” Orlando Sentinel UCF reporter Chris Hays said on Ferrall on the Bench. “They’re getting to the line of scrimmage faster, McKenzie Milton seems to have more of a vast array of options, and they’re really firing at will. I think certainly offensively (they’re better).”

Milton is 45-of-71 (63.4 percent) for 589 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions this season, as UCF has won 15 straight games.

Recruits have noticed.

“Kids are seeing opportunities to get on the field faster than they would at a Power Five school, and they’re looking at things in a different way than they used to, specially with UCF doing what they did last year,” Hays said, referring to the Knights’ undefeated season. “Its opened a lot of eyes around Orlando, I know that. Because now kids are thinking about going to UCF instead of in the past when they really didn’t think about it.

“The atmosphere and the environment – just around Orlando as a whole – has really ramped up,” Hays continued. “It’s crazy to see how UCF fans react to any negativism toward this UCF team. Especially on social media, they go crazy.”

UCF hosts Florida Atlantic (2-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. ET. The Knights are two-score favorites, but Hays could see it coming down to the wire.

“I really think it’ll be a close game,” he said.