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Scott Frost

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Scott Frost
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Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Nebraska
Conference Big Ten
Record 0–0
Annual salary $5,000,000
Biographical details
Born (1975-01-04) January 4, 1975 (age 42)
Lincoln, Nebraska
Playing career
1993–1994 Stanford
1995–1997 Nebraska
1998–2000 New York Jets
2001 Cleveland Browns
2001–2002 Green Bay Packers
2003 Tampa Buccaneers
Position(s) Quarterback, Safety
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2002 Nebraska (GA)
2006 Kansas State (GA)
2007 Northern Iowa (LB)
2008 Northern Iowa (Co-DC/LB)
2009–2012 Oregon (WR)
2013–2015 Oregon (OC/QB)
2016–2017 UCF
2018–Present Nebraska
Head coaching record
Overall 18–7
Bowls 0–1
Accomplishments and honors

Scott Andrew Frost (born January 4, 1975) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach at the University of Nebraska. He was previously the head coach at the University of Central Florida. He played six years in the National Football League (NFL) with the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Frost was the starting quarterback for Tom Osborne's 1997 Nebraska team that shared the national championship with Michigan.

High school

Frost attended Wood River High School in Wood River, Nebraska from 1989 to 1993. In four years as the team's starting quarterback, he threw for 6,859 yards and 67 touchdowns and rushed for 4,278 yards and 72 touchdowns.[2] He led his team to the state playoffs in his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. In those three postseason appearances, Frost's teams won five games and twice made it to the state semi-finals.[3] Both of Frost's parents, Larry and Carol Frost, coached his high school football team.[4]

In addition to football, Frost was a standout in track and field, winning a state championship in the shot put. At the state championship meet his senior year, Frost won an all-class gold medal with a throw of 17.92 m (58 ft 912 in).[5] His personal best from earlier that year was 18.62 m (61 ft 1 in).[6][7]

College career

Frost began his collegiate career as a two-year letterman at Stanford in 1993 and 1994 before transferring to Nebraska in 1995. In his two seasons starting for the Huskers, Frost was a 1997 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist and quarterbacked his teams to a 24-2 record, completing 192 of 359 passes for 2,677 yards and 18 touchdowns. This includes a senior season in which he became only the tenth player in college football history to both run (1,095) and pass (1,237) for 1,000 yards.

Frost's senior season featured a now-legendary play called the Flea Kicker. In a game against Missouri, Frost threw a pass that was kicked by Shevin Wiggins and caught by Matt Davison for a touchdown. The touchdown sent the game into overtime where Frost sealed no. 1 Nebraska's victory with a rushing touchdown. Frost and Nebraska went on to earn a share of the 1997 national championship with a 42-17 Orange Bowl win over Peyton Manning's Tennessee Volunteers.

Professional career as a player

Following his collegiate career, Frost was selected in the third round (67th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, where he played safety and special teams from 1998-2000. His professional football career included stops in Cleveland (2001), Green Bay (2001–02), and Tampa Bay (2003).

Coaching career

As a player, Frost was coached by Stanford’s Bill Walsh, Nebraska’s Tom Osborne, the New York Jets’ Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick, and the Buccaneers' Jon Gruden. He broke into the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 2002 before filling the same role at Kansas State in 2006.

Frost took a position at Northern Iowa in 2007 as linebackers coach before being elevated to co-defensive coordinator one year later. His defense finished the 2008 season tied for third in the FCS in takeaways (40) and ninth in scoring defense (17.7 points per game). The 12-3 Panthers also led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in rushing defense (107.1 yards per game) and scoring defense.[8]

Frost joined Oregon's coaching staff as its wide receivers coach on January 26, 2009. Working under head coach Chip Kelly and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, Frost was instrumental in instituting a toughness among his receivers that enhanced their ability as downfield blockers, which contributed to the success of the Ducks’ potent running game. During his four seasons as wide receivers coach, the Ducks reached four straight BCS bowls and three of his departed wide receivers have been invited to NFL camps.

After the departure of Kelly, the University of Oregon promoted Helfrich to head coach and Frost was later officially announced as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on January 31, 2013.[9] In 2014, Frost was a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach.

On December 1, 2015, Frost was hired as the head football coach at the University of Central Florida.[10] Frost replaced long time UCF head coach George O'Leary and interim head coach Danny Barrett, who took over the Knights when O'Leary resigned following an 0–8 start. The Knights went on to finish 0-12 that year.

Frost didn't take long to turn the Knights around. He won six games in 2016, losing the 2016 Cure Bowl. In 2017, the Knights stormed through the regular season, finishing 12-0. It was the school's first-ever undefeated and untied regular season. They won The American championship game at home against Memphis, earning them a berth in the 2018 Peach Bowl–the school's second-ever appearance in a major bowl.

On December 2, 2017 it was announced that Frost would accept the head football coach position at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Coaching tree

Frost has worked for the following head coaches as an assistant/positional coach:

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
UCF Knights (American Athletic Conference) (2016–2017)
2016 UCF 6–7 4–4 3rd (East) L Cure
2017 UCF 12–0 8–0 1st (East) Peach
UCF: 18–7 12–4
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big Ten Conference) (2018–present)
2018 Nebraska 0–0 0–0 (West)
Nebraska: 0–0 0–0
Total: 18–7
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "National Coach of the Year - UCF". UCF Athletics (Press release). December 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ "For Nebraska Qb, Football Means Family". Chicago Tribune. November 10, 1996. 
  3. ^ "NSAA Football Playoffs History – 1975-1996" (PDF). Nebraska School Activities Association. 
  4. ^ "For Nebraska Qb, Football Means Family". Chicago Tribune. November 10, 1996. 
  5. ^ "All-Time Track and Field Gold Medal Winners". Nebraska School Activities Association. 
  6. ^ "Boys Shot Put All-Time Bests". 
  7. ^ "For Nebraska Qb, Football Means Family". Chicago Tribune. November 10, 1996. 
  8. ^ "Scott Frost - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN". July 25, 2012. Archived from the original on July 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Oregon Ducks announce Scott Frost as offensive coordinator". Archived from the original on February 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Frost a Knight". Archived from the original on May 12, 2016. 

External links

Media related to Scott Frost at Wikimedia Commons

  • UCF profile
  • Career statistics and player information from ESPN • Pro-Football-Reference •
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