UCF hires Heupel to replace Frost

Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel will replace Scott Frost as head coach at UCF.

Frost was hired as Nebraska head coach on Saturday after leading UCF to a conference championship. He led the Knights to a third American Athletic Association championship, going 12-0 and pushing UCF to No. 12 in the College Football Playoff rankings to secure a spot in the Peach Bowl on Jan. 1.

As an assistant coach at Oklahoma, Heupel worked with Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford. He was assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Utah State in 2015 before taking over as Missouri’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2016.

At Mizzou this past season, Drew Lock led the Southeastern Conference in passing with 3,695 yards, 43 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Heupel, a national title winner at quarterback with Oklahoma in 2000 — like Frost, who won the championship with the Cornhuskers — is considered an offensive innovator within the spread-based system.

Heupel was an Associated Press Player of the Year, Walter Camp Award and Archie Griffin Award winner in 2000 while playing for offensive coordinator Mike Leach with the Sooners.

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