INDIANAPOLIS — Get ready for a football revival in Lincoln, Nebraska fans.
UCF cornerback Mike Hughes said the Cornhuskers are getting a terrific coach in prodigal son Scott Frost, and he’ll have the Huskers competing at a high level before they know it.
“Scott Frost is a great guy,” Hughes said at the NFL combine. “He’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever been a part of. I wish him nothing but the best. I was happy for him with his decision. A lot of people didn’t really know his story or why he made the decision but I understand why he did. I was happy for him.
“Frost is a great guy. I think he’ll turn that program around as well.”
Frost, who grew up in Nebraska, quarterbacked the Huskers to a share of the 1997 title and later played six seasons in the NFL as a safety. He broke into college coaching and took over as coach at Central Florida (UCF) after the Golden Knights finished 0-12 in 2015. Last season, UCF finished 13-0.
A few minutes after the Knights clinched the American Athletic Conference championship, Frost was named Nebraska’s coach. He still was allowed to lead UCF in bowl preparation and ultimately to a Peach Bowl victory against Auburn.
Among the high-profile players Frost coached at UCF was Hughes, a potential first-round NFL draft pick. Frost and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander helped develop Hughes into one of the nation’s best cornerbacks. They helped him develop confidence through his work ethic and preparation.
“Just believing in me and I bought in to the process and the environment that they set around UCF,” Hughes said. “Just believing in what their coaching abilities allowed us to do this season was a big part of our success. That staff did a great job with us, and I think they’ll do the same over there in Nebraska.”