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UCF Knights confident ahead of Peach Bowl

The head coach went on to praise offensive line assistant Greg Austin for recrafting a unit that tied for sixth nationally in sacks allowed (12) and helped UCF finish 33rd in rushing offense (201.2 yards per game).

Malzahn also said junior running back Kerryon Johnson, the SEC's offensive player of the year, will play against UCF on New Year's Day.

"I know they are here to win, too, so our mindset is probably more of a business trip than it has been in the past with the bowl", Malzahn said Wednesday. "That is by design". "He's getting healthier. It's a good thing having him out there".

The Knights, winless just three seasons ago, are major college football's only unbeaten team and in a New Year's Six Bowl for the first time as the best of the non-Power Five conference teams.

"You can turn the film on and from a player standpoint or a coaches' standpoint, and you can tell, hey, this team is good", Malzahn said. We have a lot of respect for them. We're not all the way to where we would have liked to have been as a program yet, but you can't take away from what those guys accomplished.

Dating to the BCS era, Central Florida is no stranger to playing on this big of a stage as an underdog.

"We had some other guys that were banged up, that were non-contact before the bowl site", Malzahn said. "I feel like when we're down, there's always somebody on the team that's going to pick one of us up".

Asked if he could say who will start at that tackle spot, Frost replied, "I could, but I'm not going to".

Throughout the week of practice before the Christmas break, Auburn players have refused to get into a shouting match with UCF players before kickoff at 11:30 a.m. CST on ESPN. "They're a good team, though, obviously, but hey, nothing we can't handle".



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