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UCF seeks to deliver encore performance with new coach

Central Florida is trying to follow up on its undefeated season with a new coach, a new defensive cornerstone and the same old high expectations.

The Knights head the list of Group of Five teams with reason for optimism this season.

UCF lost its coach when the lure of his alma mater prompted Scott Frost to return to Nebraska , though he stuck around long enough to coach the Knights in a Peach Bowl victory over Auburn . The Knights also must replace American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year Shaquem Griffin, who was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round.

They still have plenty of firepower. New coach and former Missouri offensive...

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