Another Potential AAC Championship opponent
Projected 2017 record and S&P+ ranking: 7-5 (78th)
Biggest strength: An exciting front seven returns AAC defender of the year Shaquem Griffin and every lineman.
Biggest question mark: How much can an offense improve in one offseason? Because the Knights’ attack was really young and bad.
Biggest 2017 game: Memphis (Sept. 9). The Knights’ secondary might not be ready to stop an excellent Tiger offense, but if they figure out how to survive this, they might become co-favorites in the AAC East.
Summary: In Frost’s first season, the Knights exceeded even favorable projections. Can offensive improvement overcome defensive regression to lead to further improvement in year two?
Is the NFL next for one-handed Shaquem Griffin?
His time came when Frost arrived, as the former Oregon assistant moved Shaquem from safety to outside linebacker. Last season he finished in the nation’s top 10 in sacks and tackles for loss. The Knights went from 0-12 to 6-6. Now “Quem” is separated from his brother for the first time, as “Quill” is in camp with the Seattle Seahawks, but maybe the redshirt senior will get a shot in the pros next year. The stats and the highlights sure warrant it.
“This is worst-case scenario,” White said. “We have been planning for the last eight months on these two homes games [Memphis last week and Georgia Tech this week]. We were hoping we would look good and excite our fans against FIU [a 61-17 victory] and I think we did that with our young offense really showing some major progress. We were expecting some significant single-game revenue surges for both Memphis and Georgia Tech and now we’re scrambling. This is a lot of lost revenue for us.”
“We’re exhausting all options. We just want to make sure we get an 11th game,” White said. “They’ve worked too hard and they deserve to play at least 11. They deserve to play 12, but I don’t think that’s possible unless we’re playing in the conference championship game and that’s what we aim to do.”
The difficulties are based on the numbers. Even though there are several FBS schools with open dates the same week as UCF’s Oct. 28 idle date, all of those schools already have 12 games scheduled and it would take an NCAA waiver to allow a team to play a 13th game.
this is space city…where are our nasa tribute helmets…
I love how the put a bull on this helmet lol. They can never seem to stop thinking about usf.
Clear Lake doing a helmet as well:
Heard this before…Not sure $1.5M/yr is going to be enough to keep him in Orlando.
Nebraska will throw $4M at him and he won’t blink (Herman) at accepting.