UCF Knights Aiming to Break Glass Ceiling in College Football
By Space Coast Daily // August 14, 2019
Brandon Wimbush aiming to shine
The UCF Knights will head into the 2019 college football season hoping to give the game’s administrators another big headache.
A 25-game unbeaten run spread over two years was not enough for the playoff committee to invite UCF to compete in the national championship.
The Knights are big favorites with bookmakers on the top online betting sites to win the AAC, but whether that would result in an invitation this time around remains open to debate.
UCF DEVELOPS WINNING MENTALITY
UCF has had a roller-coaster ride in college football, but the last two years have brought success without the reward the program craves.
Coach Scott Frost led the team to an unbeaten season in 2017, culminating in a 34-27 success in the Peach Bowl.
Josh Heupel replaced Frost in 2018 and continued in the same vein by overseeing an unbeaten campaign.
UCF was narrowly beaten by LSU in the Fiesta Bowl, but frustration over not being invited to the national championship clearly took its toll.
MILTON ON THE MEND
McKenzie Milton will miss the season with a leg injury, but Heupel plans to use his star quarterback in a coaching role.
The 21-year-old needed emergency surgery to repair damage to an artery that nearly cost him his leg and he is still a long way from returning to action.
However, he has been spending time with UCF’s offensive unit during pre-season and will continue in the same role when the campaign gets underway.
Milton was involved in 79 touchdowns over the past two years and his expertise could still prove crucial from the sidelines.
WIMBUSH AIMING TO SHINE
McKenzie’s absence has opened the door for another quarterback to shine and Brandon Wimbush is the man likely to be tasked with filling his boots.
Darriel Mack Jr. had been expected to replace McKenzie this term, but an ankle injury will keep him out of the early part of the campaign.
Wimbush won 13 out of 16 games with Notre Dame before moving to UCF in January and he is familiar with McKenzie after meeting him at the Manning Passing Academy.
The pair have worked together extensively in the run-up to the new season and McKenzie’s input could help Wimbush improve significantly this season.
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