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Is UCF’s Scott Frost the American Conference coach of the year?

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University of Central Florida coach Scott Frost took another step toward Coach of the Year in the American Conference Saturday afternoon.

The Knights, one year off a 0-12 season, improved their record to 4-3 with a 24-16 victory over UConn. UConn moved to the UCF 31 late in the game, but the Knights stopped them on four downs to win.

Frost has infused the Knights with new energy and new direction. For UCF, the challenge will be hanging onto him in the off-season.

Frost obviously faces competition from Houston’s Tom Hermann, who has the best team in the conference, but getting up off the deck has always influenced coach of the year votes.

One of Frost’s projects is freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton, who threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns. Milton’s 29 completions were spread across 10 receivers. UConn took a 13-0 lead, but UCF came from behind.

“McKenzie is a special kid aside from being a good football player. To be able to handle all the stuff he’s handled in his early development as a college quarterback is amazing,” Frost told the Orlando Sentinel. “I think he keeps having better games than his prior games, so I look forward to him continuing to improve and really that’s the case for our entire young offense. Every week we’re getting a little better.”

UConn got 101 yards rushing from Arkeel Newsome and 165 on nine catches from Noel Thomas. But three times, the Huskies had to settle for field goals.

UCF faces a huge challenge next week when it travels to Houston to play the 11th-ranked Cougars.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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