Write them off. UCF’s offense that is. Coming off the program’s best season in school history has every analyst in the country saying that the Knights 2017 was one of a ‘fly by night’ type deal. Problem with that assertion is UCF returns many of the very pieces that made the Knights’ offense a top 5 unit in the nation.

Yes, Scott Frost isn’t in Orlando anymore and has taken his talents to Nebraska, but UCF’s cupboard is nowhere near being empty and the school has a very capable head coach in place to keep the winning going in 2018. Josh Heupel, former Missouri offensive coordinator, takes the helm this fall and he’s gifted a plethora of athletes at the skill position.

Heupel’s best returning part to the Knights’ high-octane offense is quarterback McKenzie Milton, who heads into the 2018 campaign as a Heisman candidate and can anyone really argue that UCF’s signal caller doesn’t deserve the hype heading into the new season? Milton threw for 4,037 yards and 37 touchdowns last season, making him one of the highly touted players in college football.

Its not like Milton is going to be alone on offense in trying to figure things out under Heupel, as UCF’s offense brings back wide receiver Dredrick Snelson, running back Otis Anderson and now introduce SMU transfer Gabriel Davis onto the scene. All three players are interchangeable in Heupel’s uptempo spread offense and should have no trouble continuing the havoc they wreaked on teams in the American Athletic Conference.

The season for the Knights will begin on August 30th, when they open up on the road against AAC rival Connecticut. Could it be the beginning of a repeat as the AAC champions? Could UCF make another run to clinching a berth in a New Year’s bowl game? The goal seems simple, just win and the group returning for UCF’s offense will make things that much easier.

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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