Staying true to the scheme
Nebraska Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters was one of many coaches Scott Frost brought with him from UCF, and for good reason, accounting for the fact he helped transform an offense ranking third to last in Division I scoring to number one over a two–year period, a difference of nearly 35 points per game.
Now with the same assistants by his side, Walters is building an offense behind the philosophies used in Orlando, Fla.
In two years under the guidance of Walters and Frost, Central Florida went from last in total offense at 268.4 yards per game to fifth in DI at 530.5, an average increase of 262.1 yards.
"Obviously when I was recruited here, I wanted to play for a top–notch offense and when I watched UCF on TV I think that's what you saw," freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez said. "Bringing it to Nebraska and the Big 10 I think it's going to be even better. So that's all I have to say about that."
Huge gains were made in a very short time at UCF, but based on yards per game allowed last year, the Big Ten was home to four of the top nine and five of the top 17 best defenses. The American Athletic Conference didn't show up until South Florida (359.8 yards/game) at No. 37 nationally behind nine Big Ten teams.
"It's not a system based on a conference - it works against anybody," said Walters. "You know it showed up against Auburn and we got a great system, a great staff, and it will be successful here in the Big 10."
Auburn was stout on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 14th with 319.4 yards allowed on average. Central Florida dialed up 411 yards against the Tigers in a 2018 Peach Bowl victory.