The UCF Knights had their first official scrimmage during today’s practice and had some good moments and a couple of details that need to be fixed.
“I thought there was some really good things and some things that we have to get fixed,” UCF head coach Scott Frost said.
When asked about the specific things that needs to be fixed he had the following to say.
“It’s detail, knowing exact assignments, knowing the exact techniques to get assignments done,” Frost said. “Fewer penalties, those types of things. I think those things typically rear up on the first scrimmage and we saw plenty of them so we have a lot of things to teach.”
Again, the defense stood out during practice and out shined the offense. Coach Frost was very pleased with the defensive performance during the first scrimmage today.
“Defensively, we’re on track,” Frost said. “To be the same type of team, we’re better than we were last year. I see a lot of effort over there. Offensively, saw a lot of good things too but a lot of detail that needs to be cleaned up. Overall, I’m pleased, but we have a lot teach up front with the team that we have out there.”
Shaquem Griffin had another good practice today and he had this to say on how the scrimmage went in his mind.
“It was good. I feel like [there’s] some things that we can work on,” Griffin said. “But I still feel we made a step up and I think that’s the important thing is we’re able to step up each and every day.”
Offensively there are things that UCF must continue to clean up including who will start at quarterback spot. Right now, it looks to be McKenzie Milton but anything can change between now and their first game of the season on August 31st.
Speaking of Milton, here is what he had to say on how their first scrimmage went from his point of view.
“The scrimmage went pretty well,” Milton said. “Offensively, we kind of started off slow and defense kind of jumped on us early but we kind of picked it up towards the end and the young guys looked pretty good.”
Usually during the first scrimmage, it’s mainly for the incoming freshmen joining the team for the first time to see where they are as a player and how they’ve grasped the playbook. There were a couple of guys that stood out and Coach Frost mentioned during availability.
“We had a lot of young guys that played well,” Frost said. “Otis Anderson made some really good runs today. I thought [Antwan] Collier just had a really good day on defense. Gabriel Luyanda whose new to our program had a really good day. A lot of guys you expect would have had good days had good days but there were a lot of young guys too.”
Overall, the Knights had some ups and downs during their first scrimmage as expected. They will have at least two more scrimmages between now and the start of the season. They will have an off day on Wednesday before getting back to the grind on Thursday.