UCF RB Adrian Killins Says Auburn in for 'Rude Awakening', SEC Lacks Speed

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2017

Central Florida running back Adrian Killins Jr. (9) runs for a 2-yard touchdown against Memphis during the overtime period in the American Athletic Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Central Florida won in overtime 62-55. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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UCF running back Adrian Killins is not afraid of Auburn. In fact, he thinks the Tigers should be afraid to play the only undefeated team in the country. 

"SEC football, they don't have a lot of speed, honestly," Killins told Shannon Green of the Orlando Sentinel. "So, Auburn hasn't seen any speed like we have here, so I would say they're in for a rude awakening."

Killins has rushed for 762 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, with the 5'8" back emerging as an electrifying force on the offense despite smaller stature.

UCF is averaging an FBS-high 49.4 points per game this season. The Knights have scored at least 31 points in every game this season on their way to a 12-0 regular season. Their offense averages more than 540 yards per game.

"UCF football, we're UCF fast and UCF fierce," Killins said. "Defense will get 11 hats to the ball, fast and furious, and offense, we've got a lot of guys who can go up and get the ball, make you miss and make big plays."

Auburn was one of the best two-way teams in the country during the regular season. The Tigers rank 10th nationally in points allowed and have not given up more than 28 points in a game all season. 

Football Outsiders' adjusted offensive metrics rank UCF the second-best offense in the country and Auburn the nation's fifth-ranked defense. The contrasting of styles should make the Peach Bowl one of the best non-playoff games over the next month.

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