Monday wasn't a typical Monday.
Anybody who happened to be walking past UCF's practice on Monday, the team's first of the week, likely heard the crack of helmets colliding, shoulder pads crunching and the grunts of players battling it out in the trenches.
UCF head coach George O'Leary has had enough and decided it was time to switch things up.
"I never come out in full pads on Monday, but we're in full pads all week," head coach George O'Leary said. "It's not physical; it's more mental."
Although UCF is riding a four-game winning streak into its homecoming game Saturday at 5 p.m., offensively, the Knights have yet to hit stride. UCF has seen flashes from sophomore quarterback Justin Holman; however, his play has proven to be inconsistent.
The running game, which many expected to shoulder much of the load offensively, has not lived up to expectations. Up front, UCF has struggled to find five consistent starters to develop chemistry, thus the team is back to basics and is wearing pads all week.
"Everybody is looking at the line, but you can throw the running backs in there, too," O'Leary said. "Not every hole is always going to be there. Sometimes you have to find the hole."
Things aren't getting any easier for UCF. On Saturday, Temple will bring its ninth-ranked scoring defense to Bright House Networks Stadium. On the season, the Owls are limiting opponents to just 17.2 points per game.
Despite ranking ninth nationally in scoring defense and in passing defense, UCF could have an opportunity to get its running game back on track against the nation's 80th-ranked rush defense.
The Eagles are no stranger to UCF. Last season, UCF struggled in Philadelphia. Now a sophomore, Temple quarterback P.J. Walker gave the UCF defense fits last season, accounting for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns all purpose.
Last season, it took J.J. Worton to make a miracle one-handed catch, and Blake Bortles to put his Superman cape on for UCF to overcome the dynamic freshman passer.
"I think he's the catalyst of the team for Temple," O'Leary said. "He has that 'it' factor. He can make plays with his feet, he throws well and reads coverage well."
Walker has 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions on the year, but he's coming off a one-touchdown and three-interception performance in Temple's 31-10 loss to Houston.
This year, the UCF players are determined to not let Temple sneak up on them again.
"They're a good football team," defensive end Thomas Niles said. "You can't look at somebody's record and determine if they're a good football team or not."
But at 4-2, there is no denying Temple is a dangerous opponent.