Scott Frost news conference, 12/3/17

Scott Frost reacts to a question during a news conference after being introduced as the new Nebraska head football coach on Sunday at Memorial Stadium.

FRANCIS GARDLER, JOURNAL STAR

Nebraska fans are feeling a lot of positive vibes about their football program this week.

Here's another reason to feel the vibes.

New Husker head coach Scott Frost was announced Wednesday as winner of the 2017 Home Depot Coach of the Year award.

He will be presented with the award Thursday at the Home Depot College Football Awards show in Atlanta, which will air live on ESPN at 6 p.m. (Central).

Frost, a 42-year-old former Nebraska quarterback great, led Central Florida to a 12-0 record and an American Athletic Conference championship as the only undefeated FBS team this season. He accepted the Husker job Saturday, but will coach the 10th-ranked Knights in the Peach Bowl on Jan. 1 against No. 7 Auburn.

Frost is the fourth-youngest coach to win the Home Depot Coach of the Year award. He is also one of only five coaches to earn the honor in either their first or second year as a collegiate head coach, a group that includes Nebraska's Frank Solich, the 1999 winner.

Frost was 18-7 in two seasons at UCF after inheriting an 0-12 team. According to ESPN, UCF is the only team in FBS history to go from a winless regular season to an undefeated one in a span of just two seasons.

This season UCF matched its highest win total in program history while posting the first perfect regular season in the history of the AAC. The Knights also achieved the highest in-season ranking in program history (No. 10) and established a school record with a 12-game winning streak. UCF won its 12 games by an average of more than 24 points per game and picked up three victories over teams currently ranked in the AP poll.

With Frost calling the plays, UCF led the country in scoring (49.4 points per game) and ranked fifth in total offense (540.4 yards per game). Sophomore quarterback McKenzie Milton was honored as the AAC Player of the Year, while a league-record 16 Knights earned All-AAC accolades.

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