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UCF Football Continues to Improve in Spring Practice

It may only be April, but the University of Central Florida Knights football team is practicing like it’s August. The Knights kicked off their spring practice exactly two weeks ago and head coach Scott Frost likes what he sees.

The Knights have dealt with two straight losing seasons. Last season, Frost’s first, the Knights were 6-7. In 2015, UCF had a season to remember. Out of 12 games, UCF didn’t win one.

It’s no surprise then that the Knights are working hard this spring practice. From what Frost had to say, it looks like his team will have a lot show at the Spring Game in a few weeks.

Spring Practice at a Glance

Frost had his Knights play in their first scrimmage game Monday morning. The first-year coach says his team’s competitive nature has definitely changed.

One of the areas UCF is working on is their offensive play. Last season UCF fell to the No. 113 spot in the nation in total offense. Their offense allowed an average of three sacks-per-game in the 2016 season.

Junior wide receiver Tre’Quann Smith was singled out by the coach. Smith recorded one touchdown in yesterday’s scrimmage. The redshirt junior recorded 5 touchdowns last season to go with 853 yards.

UCF also struggled in rushing, averaging for 141 rushing yards. The Knights put up 1,839 rushing yards last season, an improvement from 2015’s 975 yards.

Freshman Jawon Hamilton led the team with 495 rushing yards last season. The running back also recorded four touchdowns.

Frost says yesterday’s scrimmage showed how much more efficiently his team is now moving the ball.

The 2017 Season

While the Knights don’t have a date for their first game this season yet, they have a schedule with a list of the people they’ll be playing. They’re first game of the regular season is at home, where they will face off against the FIU Golden Panthers. The two teams met in 2016, with UCF having an impressive win over FIU, 53-14.

Until their season opener, the Knights have plenty of opportunities to practice and continue their path of redemption from the 2015 season.

UCF will have an opportunity to show off their improvement to their fans in their spring game, slated for April 22.

 

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