Defenses Stands Out At UCF Fall Camp

The UCF Knights have been going to camp for a little over a week now and has shown good improvement from last season. However, the defense for the Knights is still standing out more than the offense thus far.

“I think the defense is still ahead but I think the offense is competing better then they did a year ago,” UCF head coach Scott Frost said.

A big part of the camp that’s been the message thus far is competition especially at the outside linebacker spot. One guy that is standing out is Shawn Burgess-Becker who is converting from Safety this season.

“Shawn had to sit out last year after the transfer,” Frost said. “He beat us up on scout team. He was mostly playing nickel so we moved him down there to see what he can do and he’s done a really good job. He and Shaquem are playing the same position and there’s not much of a drop off when Shawn out there so both those guys are special players.”

Speaking of Shaquem Griffin who is the undisputed leader of the defense, has been very impressed with the Linebackers thus far during Fall camp.

Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin (18) breaks up a pass intended for Tulsa running back Keenen Johnson (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. Photo: AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack.

“They’re looking great. The competition level goes up every single day,” Griffin said. “Just from film, all of us are going at it, oh I know this, I know that. Its just having guys being able to go at it just not on the field but in the field room just going over plays, it shows a lot. It’s not about competition on the field and how talented you are, it’s about what you know.”

Griffin also thinks that the defense has improve from night to day from last year to this year.

“Oh yeah it’s a total difference,” Griffin said. “Last year you got guys who are still trying to figure everything out and that was the whole thing but know guys know it. The guys know the expectations. They know the level of what coach Frost and coach Chance want and all the other coaches. Its just a big difference you know, everybody’s on a new level and they’re only progressing each and every day.”

Everyday is progress that then Knights make and today was no different as Coach Frost continues to preach to improve every time you get on the field.

“I’m seeing improvement almost everywhere across the board,” Frost said. “Our execution still has to get better, our attention to details still has to get better but the effort is there I see improvement.”