Scott Frost believes he has everything in place to do something special at UCF.
It is one of the big reasons the former University of Oregon offensive coordinator took the head football coaching job with the Knights.
“I think we can win here. I didn’t want to take a job where the coaching staff did a great job, worked hard and still had a high percentage chance we couldn’t get it done,” Frost said last week at the Charge On Tour stop at Coconuts on the Beach in Cocoa Beach. “UCF has so many attributes, qualities about it that I felt if we came here and did a good job, we really had a chance of winning. I am competitive and like to win and think this is a good opportunity.”
It won’t be easy. UCF is coming off one of its worst seasons in recent history, 0-12, and the team was outscored 452-167.
Enter Frost and a high-powered offensive scheme that averaged 43 points per game last season, and expectations are high around the program.
“I am thrilled with the progress and thrilled with how eager the guys are to buy into what we are asking them to do. To be frank, we still have a long way to go to get where we want to go on the field,” Frost said. “I think the guys on campus got a lot better, but we still have a lot of progress to make. Going into the spring game with a new system and getting used to how we want to do things, I was very pleased with the finished product.”
Now the work begins. Frost is expecting a lot from the group this summer so that he can begin to install his fast-paced offense once preseason camp opens in August.
How fast does he want to go?
“When we get this thing cranking and rolling, I want to go as fast as anyone in the country,” Frost said. “It’s going to take us a while to get to that point. Guys have to get used to operating at that pace. We have to be smart about when we use it this year and how well we move the ball but it is going to be fun to play in, fun to coach and fun to watch.”
Which is the real reason the former Nebraska quarterback, who led the Huskers to a perfect season and a national championship in 1997, thinks he will be successful at UCF. The kind of player he wants to recruit can be found all over the state of Florida.
“The majority of high school football players play in the system that we are going to be running now, or similar, so I think kids are going to want to play in this system and kids in this state will be a good fit for what we want to do,” Frost said.
But he also believes he has some players on his team that will make the transition pretty quickly and allow them to do some things right away.
“We have good players on the team and we will continue to recruit good players that will push the program further,” Frost said. “This team will take the first step toward where we want to go.”
Expectations? He wants to win but realizes it will be a bit of a process.
“It’s going to be a constant evolving process and I don’t know if that will take one year or two or three to get where we want to be but I know we will be better and we are improving every practice and game," Frost said. "So we are not going to put a number on what we would be satisfied with. As long as we keep improving day in and day out, I think we will be happy with where we are in the end.”