With Scott Frost and UCF’s undefeated 2017 season behind them in the rear view mirror, the Knights are just under a week away from their annual springs scrimmage and many have wondered can they keep up the offensive juggernaut that led them to a 34-27 victory in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl over Auburn? UCF football has a lot of hype surrounding the program this spring and for good reason.

Former Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel has since been hired to replace Frost and in taking over, UCF athletic director Danny White wanted to bring someone in that had a similar style of play as the Knights had a year ago. Many key components on the offensive side of the ball are back, which brings the expectations that UCF will not be slowing down anytime soon.

Leading the way once again will be quarterback McKenzie Milton, who threw for 242 yards and rushed for another 116 on the ground against Auburn in the Peach Bowl. Milton was the primary catalyst on offense for the Knights, as they racked up scoring 34 or more points 11 times last season.

The Peach Bowl’s Most Valuable Offensive Player will have plenty of his top skill players back in the fold as well, starting off with speedster Adrian Killins Jr. Fellow tailback Otis Anderson is another ‘slash’ player that will not only see time in the backfield, but also lineup at receiver as well. Both Killins and Anderson will be expected to see increased workloads being top returners on offense.

The defense will have a new look, with former University of Florida assistant Randy Shannon taking the position of defensive coordinator. The former University of Miami head coach has a solid crop of defensive standouts across the board, with inside linebacker Pat Jasinski and defensive lineman Joey Connors both leading the way.

The UCF football spring game, presented by DEX Imaging, will take place this upcoming Saturday at Spectrum Stadium. The scrimmage is slated to start at 6 p.m.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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