UCF assistant talking national championship

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David Kelly believes UCF can win a national championship.

Kelly, who coached for two seasons under George O’Leary at Georgia Tech, has served as the wide receivers coach / assistant head coach at UCF since 2007.

He explained to ESPN’s Jamie Newburg, "I sincerely feel that the long term potential is there for us to compete and win a national championship. We are putting together outstanding recruiting classes and we are going after some of the best prospects across the country. Now we can attract those athletes. The facilities are there. NFL coaches and scouts can't believe our place because all of the elements are there."

"We have been in our championship game three out of six years and won it twice. Then we beat Georgia, so that was two big hurdles for us last year. We beat a tradition-rich SEC school. That was a tremendous barometer of where we are.”

"There is a newness about us. I think we are becoming somewhat of a fad. We have a beautiful resort-like campus, brand new facilities and we are in an international city like Orlando." 

One of the hurdles could be landing a spot in a BCS conference. In fact, that is a goal and will happen according to athletic director Keith Tribble.

Earlier this week, Tribble stated, “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.”

Tribble added, “This program is trending the right way and doing the right things. We can’t stop doing the things we need to do to make this program great.”

UCF opens with four consecutive non-conference games. The Golden Knights play Charleston Southern, Boston College, at FIU, and at BYU.