Arkansas State and UCF will battle in the AutoNation Cure Bowl Saturday at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL.
Coming off a 2015 campaign with zero wins, in his first year as head coach, Scott Frost carried the Knights to a 6-6 season and AutoNation Cure Bowl birth. Known for his offensive mind, it was the defense that led the Black and Gold to a .500 season: 7th in the FBS in 3rd Down Conversion Pct on Defense, 3rd in the FB in Defensive TDs (5) and 3rd in the FBS in Red Zone Defense. The offense progressed throughout the season and a big part due to the evolution of Adrian Killins and Tre’Quan Smith.
FR RB Adrian Killins – Killins is the most explosive player on the Knights offense. Used for his big play ability, Killins can turn a short play into a homerun. Only 46 carries on the season, Killins still ended the regular season with the 3rd most rushing yards on the team. Of the UCF primary ball carriers Killins had the most yards per rush at 7.24 and 4 TDs. If he gets a crease, forget about it. No defender will be able to catch him.
RSSO WR Tre’Quan Smith – Smooth receiver with great speed and soft hands. Lead the team in all receiving statistical category 54 catches, 4.5 catches per game, 808 yards, 14.96 yards per catch, 5 TDs and 67.33 receiving yards per game. Smith had four games with over 100 receiving yards which includes 137 yards versus Houston and 186 yards versus South Florida the last game of the season at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
RSJR OLB Shaquem Griffin – The American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year! Griffin made an immediate impact in his first year as a starter, finishing as the American Athletic Conference leader in sacks (11.0) and ranking third in the conference in tackles for loss (19.0). You should know the story by now, 2 twin brothers, 3 hands combined and Shaquem has shown his impact on the field being the twin with just one hand. Wait till you see him play. You’ll forget he is missing a hand and be more amazed by his play.