In Scott Frost’s first season at University of Central Florida he turned a winless team into turned a bowl qualifier. This year, Frost has the Knights out to a fast start—3-0 heading into the weekend. The former Nebraska quarterback and second-year head coach joined The Jim Rome Show on CBS Sports Radio Wednesday and talked about how impressed he was by the work his team put in to turn things around.
“I love our team right now. We got a bunch of guys that love football,” Frost said. “They’re playing hard for each other and with each other. I like where we are at as a football team. I feel like we are getting better every week.”
Frost also believes this team is mentally stronger than last season’s team, especially when it comes to being able to close out close games.
“We were good enough to be in those games last year, but I’m not sure we had enough to finish,” Frost said of last year’s six-win season. “Part of it is guys not just thinking they could win, but believing they can win. And understanding maybe what it takes to finish some of those football games. We had some of those leads last year and weren’t able to hold onto them and I think we have a more mature team that’s more ready to do that this year.”
UCF cracked the nation’s Top 25 rankings after their 40-13 win over Memphis Saturday. It was the first time the school’s been ranked since 2013, but Frost didn’t put much significance on it.
“To be honest with you, I want our guys to ignore it. I want our coaching staff to ignore it,” Frost said. “A ranking at this point in the season is an honor, but it doesn’t mean anything. We’ve only played three games because of the Hurricane (Irma), we have a lot in front of us. And I will be more concerned with where we are at the end of the season than where we are now.”
With Frost’s success, and his alma mater Nebraska’s struggles right now, it’s natural to hear his name being floated around as a potential coach. While the former Cornhuskers quarterback and 1997 national champion is flattered, he thinks it’s a disservice to his current team and is gossip he doesn’t have any time for.
“It’s flattering to have your name mentioned, but I say this all the time: I have 130 some guys on this team that are sweating, and bleeding, and working hard for me. And it would be a huge disservice for me to get distracted,” Frost said. “I’m just going to ignore it. I want everyone in our building to ignore those types of things. I’m expecting a baby in November, and I just got to Orlando, so I feel like we have some unfinished business down here.”