One team. One mind. One goal: Repeat as conference champions.
The mantra was repeated throughout the Nicholson Fieldhouse for the program's Media Day. UCF's 2013 season may be a hard act to follow, but returning players say the squad is starting anew.
"The thing about last year is we didn't worry about the year before when we went 10-4, and the year before that we didn't worry about the year we went 5-7," senior linebacker Terrance Plummer said. "We always forget. It's a new year, a new slate and teams that we have to play. Everybody's trying to get better."
The Knights finished last year's season at 12-1, American Athletic Conference champions, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl champions and a top-10 AP Poll ranking. The accomplishments of 2013 can be celebrated, but senior linebacker Troy Gray says shaking off the success of last season is vital for this team moving forward.
"Going into this season we can take that drive and we take that motivation from last year, but translate it into this coming year," Gray said. "This is going to be a big year for us so we just have to keep working hard, having that short-term memory, just remembering last year as a great season but also looking into the future as this is going to be an even better season."
UCF will also head into this season without former quarterback Blake Bortles, who led the Knights to their successful season.
"I feel as a collective unit, as a team, we're stepping up and we're going in the right direction," Gray said.