Husker Dan: Frost’s “Peachy” Husker start
It would be hard to imagine a better start to Scott Frost’s first year as the Husker head football coach.
Before he left for Nebraska, Frost took a program at Central Florida that was in shambles and turned them in to winners in just two seasons.
Let’s look at what Frost accomplished in his two years as the Knights’ head football coach:
Year One (2016)
Took an 0-12 team (2015) to a 6-6 regular season record and an appearance in the Cure Bowl where they lost to Arkansas State.
Year Two (2017)
1.) Took his team that was 6-7 the year before to a perfect 13-0 record.
2.) The Knights were the only undefeated football.team in all of D-1.
3.) And en route to the perfect season:
*The Knights went 11-0 (Georgia Tech game was canceled due to weather)
*Won the AAC conference title game against Memphis at Memphis.
*Played in a New Year’s Day bowl (The Peach Bowl) where they beat SEC powerhouse Auburn-the only team to beat both the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide and the NC runner up, the Georgia Bulldogs.
*The Knights even received four first-place votes in the final AP poll.
*The Knights even declared themselves “national champions”! (The Knights were unfairly kept out of the ratings, IMO.) Who knows what would have happened had Central Florida been in the Top Four playoff teams?)
To recap, in just two years, Frost took the Knights from the outhouse (0-12 in 2015) to the penthouse with a perfect 13-0 season. It’s no wonder why Frost won a slew of “Coach Of The Year” awards for the Knights’ remarkable season. And while he was preparing the Knights for their bowl game, Frost managed to get a really good early signing class (QB Adrian Martinez and juco RB Greg Bell) for Nebraska before Christmas.
So h ow does Frost do it? Is there a big “S” under his shirt?
And what may come as a mild surprise, Frost’s entire coaching staff came with him from Central Florida. The respect his assistants have for Frost and his devotion to them is remarkable.
Oh, and his backup quarterback at Central Florida, Noah Vedral (a good kid from Wahoo, Nebraska) has decided to transfer to Nebraska. Vedral won’t be eligible to play until 2019, but think of the impact Noah can have this year helping the rest of the Husker quarterbacks learn Frost’s offense!
It is no wonder Husker Pride Worldwide is so jacked up with his being the new Husker head football coach! Only 230 days until the first kickoff!
I’m not a big NFL fan, but it was interesting to see a couple of unsung quarterbacks getting a shot at the brass ring.
BLAKE BORTLES (JACKSONVILLE)
Bortles was an unheralded quarterback who ended up staging a mild upset of the Steelers Sunday at Pittsburgh.
In college, he took his team to its first major bowl game win in school history, upsetting the mighty Baylor Bears, 52-42 in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. Bortles was a first round draft pick of the Jaguars in 2014. His college? The University of Central Florida. Yup, THAT UCF!
NICK FOLES (EAGLES)
Foles found himself the starter late in the year after a season ending injury to starter, Carson Wentz. And Satlurday, Nick led the Eagles to a win over the Atlanta Falcons, last year’s Super Bowl runner up.
Philadelphia advanced and will host the Vikings this coming Sunday. What’s interesting is that after a year at Michigan State (2007), Foles transferred to Arizona where he played from 2009 to 2011. What Husker fans should remember is that Foles was one of two QBs who played against Nebraska in the 2009 Holiday Bowl, won by Nebraska, 33-0. (Foles didn’t have a very good game going 6-21-1 for 28 yards.) It was after that game that former Husker head football coach Bo Pelini declared “the Huskers are back!” Sigh…
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