ORLANDO, Fla. — During a recent practice, the scene at UCF’s football practice wasn’t like anything one would expect the day before a big game.

Donning a pair of cleats, coach Scott Frost took reps with the special teams units. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters, a Biletnikoff Award winning receiver at Stanford in the late 1990s, was running routes with the offense. This, while the Knights were preparing to host Memphis in their American Athletic Conference matchup.

But the festive and loose atmosphere sums up the UCF football program these days — fun and energetic while in the midst of one of the more impressive turnarounds in college football.

“The kids just love to see that,” UCF athletic director Danny White said of the coaching staff participating in Friday practices. “We have a youthful energy around our program right now that makes it fun to be around.”

It all starts with Frost, the Knights’ 42-year-old coach.

The former Nebraska quarterback and Oregon assistant coach is about winning but he also is about his players enjoying the experience.

Oh, yes, UCF trounced Memphis 40-13 on Sept. 30 and haven’t looked back.

The Knights (4-0, 2-0 AAC) are one of the biggest surprise teams this season. After going 0-12 two seasons ago under former coach George O’Leary, they are now a Top 25 squad. UCF, ranked No. 22 in this week’s poll, broke into the Top 25 last week for the first time since 2013.

“It’s that more modern approach to football,” senior offensive lineman Aaron Evans said of Frost. “He’s got that experience behind him, he’s played football. He is very adamant about the team but at the same time he wants us to have fun and be a little bit individualistic.

“I think that has allowed for players to be players,

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