MOBILE, Ala. — Central Florida tight end Jordan Akins believes Scott Frost will return Nebraska to its past glory — which makes sense given that he had a front-row seat for Frost’s most recent masterpiece.
Akins was at UCF when Frost transformed the Knights from 0-12 to 13-0 with a national championship claim in just a two-year span. UCF polished off that season with a Peach Bowl win against Auburn, a team that beat both CFP National Championship Game participants.
“I think he’s going to win a lot of games there,” Akins said at the Senior Bowl. “It may not be right away, but I do believe he’ll get them a national championship one day. I would love to see him win a national championship coaching there.”
Akins said Frost’s personality endeared him to his players — as long as they were willing to work. But those who bought in clearly reaped the rewards.
“He’s a down-to-earth coach,” Akins said. “He’ll give you the shirt off his back and fight for you as long as you’re doing the right things on and off the field. He’s a great leader. He focuses on the players. He doesn’t listen to the hype around. He tells you to block out all the negative energy that surrounds you. He’s straightforward with you. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything. He’s going to get you ready to play and get you in the best shape of your life. You’re definitely going to win some games with Scott Frost.”
When he first arrived at UCF, Frost had to work to change the culture of the program. He turned things around by opening up the depth chart, turning everything into a competition and taking a hands-on approach to preparation.
“He just made sure we knew our assignments,” Akins said. “He put the right players in the right positions. The previous coaches didn’t always do that. He just gave everybody an equal opportunity. Everybody competed in camps and training. I honestly think he broke down each assignment himself. He actually talked assignments and ran the plays, as well. It was a blessing. He was a great leader for us and we bought into the process and won a championship.”
Now it’s Nebraska’s turn.