If you ask Shaquem Griffin, he’ll tell you the opposite.
“I don’t think it’s enough,” he told SEC Country during media availability at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday. “I think there’s so much more we can do. They’re taking it lightly right now. If I was back in Orlando, I think I could give a couple pointers to the AD of what we really can do.”
Griffin, who recorded 12 tackles and 1.5 sacks in a Peach Bowl win vs. Auburn, said he will be sending photos of ring designs to UCF athletic director Danny White.
Those who question the legitimacy of the Knights’ unblemished 13-0 record can butt out.
“I can’t see an ‘L’ inside our whole schedule,” Griffin said, “if you wanna take a look.”
Teammate Jordan Akins recounted the moments after the Peach Bowl when he realized the Knights had accomplished something more than a major postseason victory.
“Right after the game, confetti was flying,” Akins told SEC Country. “They interview me. They asked me, ‘Do you feel like you’re national champs,’ and I was like, ‘We’re national champs.’ I definitely feel like we could compete with anybody in the world, and we proved that by beating Auburn in the Peach Bowl.”
Akins was in awe of the crowd that greeted the team at the Disney World parade.
“Everywhere you go was packed,” Akins said. “People know your name. People know who you are. Taking pictures with the kids. Just the support and the love. I’ve never seen that many people at a game, besides the Peach Bowl.”
The win made UCF plenty of enemies in Auburn, but it also strained relations with the folks in Tuscaloosa, too. The Crimson Tide claimed the College Football Playoff national championship, and ‘Bama fans are a tad peeved that Central Florida is trying to steal some of the title spotlight.
Akins encountered a group of Tide fans during a Monday night event in Mobile. They thanked him for the win over rival Auburn, but stopped short of offering any other praise.
“That was it,” Akins said. “No, ‘Congratulations on the season.'”
Griffin had some interesting words for Tigers and Crimson Tide supporters.
“Sorry they chose the wrong team,” he said.