ORLANDO, Fla. – UCF’s offensive line continues to dominate. The Knights racked up 600 yards of total offense against the East Carolina Pirates behind their dominant big uglies.
“Our offensive line gets better every week,” said Head Coach Scott Frost. “The O-line has gotten so much better from last year I can’t even describe it.”
Going into tonight’s contest against the Pirates, the Knights were ranked No. 4 in fewest sacks allowed in the NCAA after having only allowed one sack this season.
“That’s hard,” Frost said. “People are coming after the passer all the time. McKenzie [Milton] is a little escape artist and he can get away from people. But a lot of credit has to go to coach [Greg] Austin and those offensive lineman for the rushing yards we’re putting up and also the protection we’re giving McKenzie.”
Milton has looked like a Heisman winning quarterback this season when given the time to operate. He’s thrown 15 touchdowns and passed for 1,489 yards this season after going 21-of-27 for 324 yards and two passing touchdowns against ECU.
UCF’s running also continued to impress against the Pirates. The Knights finished with 238 yards rushing yards and four different players scored rushing touchdowns.
“The o-line is doing a great job in protection in the run and pass game,” Milton said. “We’re playing some good ball right now.”
Red-shirt junior right tackle Wyatt Miller said the offensive line started to gel and come together during offseason workouts.
“I could kind of sense it during the offseason,” Miller said. We come in, we have those voluntary workouts and what not and we’re getting it in. You could tell guys we’re kind of brought in and like they want to work. Last year, it was there a little bit, but it’s not what it was this year.”
UCF’s offensive line have made a 180-turn this season. McKenzie Milton has looked poised, and the running game is rolling and it’s all because of the offensive lineman’s play in the trenches.