Continued Momentum Tops The Knights’ Wish List
When the 2015 season ended, it seemed at this time last year the UCF Knights wish list was almost everything you need in order to win a football game. This year however is a different story.
After going 0-12 the year before, the Knights rebounded in 2016 and finished the year 6-6 that includes qualifying for this year’s Cure Bowl game.
With that in mind, the Knights want to continue to build on their momentum and continue to get better and better. So here are five things that are on their Christmas list that you should look to see for the 2017 UCF Knights football team.
Improvement of the Offensive Line
The Knights offensive line was okay at best last year as they were never as consistent as an offensive line should be. Their quarterbacks were in constant pressure and was either getting sacked, running for their lives, throwing terrible passes that were either intercepted or did not connect their targets. The only real consistent player on the offensive line was Aaron Evans who started all 12 games at Left tackle. If the line gets more consistent, their offense will be able to operate better and get faster as well.
Offensive side needs to get more experience
The offensive side of the ball was okay at best. Some of it has to do with the offensive line which was mentioned before but a lot has to do with a young talent with a new offense to boot. Per fox sports, the Knights offense ranked ninth in yards, eighth in passing and receiving yards, and ninth in rushing yards all in the American Conference.
The Knights had to start true freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton during the year and made some rookie mistakes. They also had to rely more on freshman and sophomores on the running backs and wide receivers which is also a challenge. With a year under their belts in Coach Frost’s offense, look for the Knights offense to get better next year and have those rankings from going almost last to the middle of the pack and maybe just a little better than that.
Faster Offense will be Key
Continuing on about the offense, one of the Knights motto’s for their offense is ‘UCFast’. One of the reasons why Coach Frost was hired by UCF was to bring more of tempo to the offense and Coach Frost learned the offense from the mastermind of a fast pace offense in Chip Kelly.
During the season, at times the offense was fast but other times confused. So look for the Knights offense to not only be fast but one of the fastest by looking to run the ball more than they did last year and make faster decisions in the passing game.
Better Special Teams Play
In order to win football games, you have to be good in all three phases of the game and that includes the special teams.
They were average at best this past season and were worse in the bowl game. In fact they were absolutely horrible as they gave up a block punt that resulted in a Touchdown, a fumble on the kickoff and muffed punt and those led to Touchdowns as well. If those things didn’t happen, the Knights could have won the game.
Look for Coach Frost to be more disciplined and set an example of what happens when you make a mistake on special teams which will in turn solve their problems and make them a good special teams to look forward to for next year.
Maintain Stout Defense
The defense for the Knights last year was really good. They did a good job in doing what they needed to do on that end to keep the team in the game by only allowing a little over 20 points per game, and if anything they need the help because they can’t win the football games by themselves. So look for the Knights to continue to keep playing defense at a high level and will continue to contribute for the team at a high level.
What to Expect
If the Knights get everything that they want on the Christmas list, then look for the Knights record to go from a 6-6, to a more like 8-4, 9-3, and maybe even a n 10-2 record and an opportunity to play for the American Championship this time around. The sky is the limit and Coach Frost has this team going in the right direction and will continue to be that way going forward.